Saturday, December 3, 2016

RECAP: Duxbury Too Much for Shrewsbury in D2 Title Game

Record-setting Duxbury quarterback Bobby Maimaron ended his career in style with a state championship.
By Matt Feld (@mattyfeld612)

FOXBOROUGH, Mass.- On the same field that showcased the legendary tandem of Tom Brady and Randy Moss, the duo of Bobby Maimaron and Ryan Reagan cemented their own place in history.

Behind three touchdown passes from Maimaron to Reagan, Duxbury built a 20-7 halftime edge over Shrewsbury and never looked back, going on to defeat Shrewsbury 40-7 to claim the Division 2 State Championship on Saturday night at Gillette Stadium.

The win hands Duxbury its first state championship since 2011, and its fifth in program history.

Duxbury coach Dave Maimaron said being able to win a state championship with his son is impossible.

“There are no words,” said Maimaron. “It's just so unbelievable being able to do this. It’s a special feeling, I’m so proud of our kids. Pure joy.”

Throughout the evening, the Colonials had no answer for the duo of Maimaron (18/32, 300 yards, 4 TD) and Reagan (8 catches, 155 yards, 3 TD).

Shrewsbury’s opening drive stalled at the Duxbury 38 when a tip drill interception was corralled in by Riley Bergstrom and returned to the Colonials three-yard line.

The Colonial defense seemed to be on the verge of coming up with a momentum-changing stop, but on fourth and goal from the five yard line Maimaron lofted up a goal line fade to Reagan, who used his 6-foot-4 inch stature to reach over his defender and haul in the five yard touchdown pass, giving Duxbury a 7-0 advantage.

A three-and-out forced a Shrewsbury punt, allowing the Dragons deadly duo to go back to work.

On second and 10 from the Colonials 35 yard line, Maimaron found Reagan over the middle on a simple slant route. Reagan reeled in the pass and took 19 yards down to the Colonials 16 yard line. One play later Maimaron went back to his star wide out this time hitting him on a simple vertical route down the right sideline for an easy 16-yard touchdown reception to put the Dragons up 14-0.

The Colonials appeared to stay within striking distance going into half time. A nine play, 63-yard drive that included a 47-yard reception by Chris Campbell off a wide receiver screen, and a 3-yard touchdown catch for Campbell brought Shrewsbury back within 14-7.

Shrewsbury’s defense, however, was unable to keep the Dragon offense at bay before the half.

A fourth down conversion on a seven-yard pass from Maimaron to Frankie Tower gave Duxbury field position and midfield, and a 27-yard completion to Reagan allowed the Dragons to set up inside the 25-yard line.

On the ensuing play, Maimaron took the snap, rolled left, shifted back to the right and busted through the middle for a 23-yard touchdown run to put Duxbury back up 20-7 going into halftime.

“All four years we dreamed of being able to do what we did here today,” said Maimaron. “Me and Ryan (Reagan) have worked so hard with everybody to get to this point. Our chemistry from the opening snap was terrific, we knew that was key, and it has just all paid off for us.”

In the second half, Duxbury took full control as the passing attack notoriously dubbed “air Maimaron” showed no restraint.

The Colonial defense forced Duxbury into a fourth and 10, and were seemingly on their way to getting the ball back.

Maimaron had other ideas, faking the jet sweep and firing a 38-yard pass to Tower for a first down deep in Shrewsbury territory at the 17-yard line.

After the Dragons worked inside Colonial territory, Maimaron sealed the win dropping an eight-yard touchdown off to David Colucci in the flat to put Duxbury in firm control up 27-7.

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