|Duxbury bested North Attleborough while Bobby Maimaron broke the MIAA state record for career TD passes|
By Tom Joyce (@TomJoyceSports)
DUXBURY, Mass. — The statewide record book received a minor edit on Friday night but other than that, it was a normal night for the Duxbury High football team.
Quarterback Bobby Maimaron took sole possession of the Massachusetts high school football touchdown passing record.
He did so as his top-seeded Dragons (10-0) stayed undefeated by besting the No. 3 North Attleborough Rocketeers (8-2), 26-19, at home in the Division 2 South title game.
“To get a win against North Attleborough is a big accomplishment for our team,” said Dragons head coach Dave Maimaron.
Dominant early, the Dragons took a 12-0 lead to start the game. Maimaron finished the opening drive with a 1-yard touchdown run and the defense held up well.
In the middle of the second quarter, Maimaron found wide receiver James Miele for a 34-yard touchdown pass to surpass former Natick quarterback Troy Flutie’s mark of 112 career touchdown passes outright.
The Dragons regained possession late in the first half, but Maimaron threw an interception to linebacker Hacmoni Cuevas and the Rocketeers capitalized, as quarterback Chad Peterson connected with Kyle McCarthy for a 30-yard touchdown pass as time expired.
To start the second half, the Rocketeers convincingly drove down the field, but a Brad Backlund sack followed by a Joe Gooley interception gave the Dragons the ball back.
Duxbury would score twice in the second half before the Rocketeers answered.
Both scores were touchdown passes to wide receiver Ryan Reagan, who saw his first game action since breaking his foot earlier this season. The standout senior had a 3-yard touchdown grab late in the third quarter and an 11-yard score early in the fourth.
In his return, Reagan had the two touchdown grabs and eight receptions for 89 yards.
"He’s a difference maker,” Maimaron said of Reagan. “[The Rocketeers] obviously weren’t ready for him and didn’t expect him to be out there."
Maimaron went 15-for-26 for 185 passing yards and three touchdowns. He finished the night with an MIAA record 115 career touchdown passes.
Down three scores midway through the fourth quarter, the Rocketeers attempted a comeback, but there simply was not enough time.
Peterson had a pair of touchdown passes late, one for 36 yards to David Engler with 5:24 remaining and the other to Marion Bresko for a 25-yard score about three minutes later.
With 26 points in the 7-point win, it was the Dragons closest game yet and their offense’s lowest-scoring effort.
Now, the Dragons will prepare to take on Division 2 North champion Beverly (8-2) on Saturday, Nov. 19, at Cawley Stadium in Lowell in the State Semifinals. The winner of that game will advance to the D2 Super Bowl game at Gillette Stadium in December.