Saturday, December 2, 2017

Dennis-Yarmouth Rolls Past West Springfield for Division 5 State Championship

By Matt Feld (@mattyfeld612)

FOXBOROUGH - Dennis-Yarmouth quarterback Jacob McCarthy grew up as part of The Lagoon. Now, as a senior, he has brought them home a title.

McCarthy went 14-of-22 for 167 yards and two touchdowns as the Dolphins defeated West Springfield, 37-7, to claim the Division 5 Super Bowl title on Saturday afternoon at Gillette Stadium.

Dolphins two-way sensation Bobby Evans totaled three touchdowns, two on the ground and one via a 29-yard pick-six.

While residing in Division 5, the Dolphins certainly looked like a Top 10-team statewide all season long. The win on Saturday capped off a perfect 13-0 season in which Dennis-Yarmouth outscored its opponents by a staggering 523-146 mark.

McCarthy reflected on being a part of the Dolphins notorious fan section, the Lagoon, when D-Y won their last Super Bowl in 2011, only to now raise a banner a senior captain.

“I was a huge fan, I went to every game,” recalled McCarthy. “The high school kids were superstars in my mind. I remember watching the 2011 Super Bowl team win the state title and being in awe of them all. They’re the best fan section in the state.”

In all, Dennis-Yarmouth totaled 312 yards of offense while their premiere defensive unit held West Springfield to just 2-for-8 on third down and 50 rushing yards.

The two sides played a scoreless first quarter, but in the second quarter Dennis-Yarmouth opened the game up.

On third and 13 from the Terriers’ 46-yard line, McCarthy dropped back, swam out of the pressure, rolled left and connected with Joseph Tierney, who took it the distance for a touchdown to put the Dolphins up 7-0.

Just 13 seconds later, D-Y added to its lead.

Evans, sitting right in the middle of the Dolphins’ zone, picked off West Springfield quarterback Tylor Rochefort and returned it 29 yards for a touchdown to make it 14-0 D-Y.

While the Dolphins offense was heating up, their vaunted defensive front, spearheaded by Ryan Hageali and Samuel Kenny, was also finding its footing.

On the Terriers ensuing drive, Hageali sacked Rochefort to force a punt.

Evans quickly put the game out of rushing twice for 12 yards before taking McCarthy’s handoff, getting to the outside, and taking off for a 20 yard score to make it 20-0 Dennis-Yarmouth with just under three minutes to go in the first half.

“I thought both Robby and Jacob were terrific,” said Dennis-Yarmouth coach Paul Funk. “Our offensive line opened up holes for Rob. Rob is just a great back.”

Evans and McCarthy put the finishing touches on the Dolphins state champion run in the early moments of the third quarter.

On the first play from scrimmage to begin the second half, Evans busted free for a 53-yard touchdown run to put D-Y up 28-0.

Just four minutes later it was McCarthy showing off his prowess, hitting Geoffrey Jamiel down the left sideline for a 36-yard score.

“(Jacob) sees things in the defense most people won’t see,” said Evans. “We are such a dynamic duo. If we can't run, we can pass. If we can’t pass, we can run.”

The Lagoon will not soon forget McCarthy and Evans.

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