Saturday, December 1, 2018

Sheskey, Sullivan Lead Scituate To First Super Bowl Championship In School History

Senior quarterback Aidan Sullivan made sure Scituate capped a historic season with its first Super Bowl in school history (Photo Courtesy: Andrew Bowman (@Andrew_Bowman5)

By Matt Feld (@Mattyfeld612)

FOXBORO - The game was long over, the trophy presentation complete, and the team photo taken.

Scituate, however, had no plans of quelling the amount of euphoria that was spilling out onto the concourse. The afternoon and been a celebration of their season that was capped off with a slice of history. 

Will Sheskey rushed for 207 yards and three total touchdowns, while Aidan Sullivan went 11-of-15 for 169 yards and three scores as Scituate captured the Division 5 Super Bowl with a 35-14 win over Nipmuc on Saturday afternoon at Gillette Stadium.

The win gives the Sailors (12-1) their first Super Bowl championship in program history.

"It's awesome. Its the best day of my life. What we do in life goes into eternity," said Sullivan. "It's great to see hard work pay off. I can't wait to celebrate with my team, my friends, and my family."

Sheskey broke the program single season rushing record, finishing with 1,767 yards breaking the previous mark of 1,753 set back in 2014 by Dawayne Kirton.

"I am speechless right now. A word that really sums up this selflessness," Sheskey said. "We really bonded on that. I think last year after our Thanksgiving loss at Fenway Park saying '(Dennis-Yarmouth) went out there and they won this, why not us next year? Why can't this group do it?' This is a group like none other that I have ever been apart of. Everyone is so selfless. I think that's why we have this brother and we've succeeded."

The Sailors opened the scoring on their initial drive with Sullivan hitting Daniel May for a 22-yard completion down to the one-yard line before Sheskey powered through to give Scituate a 7-0 lead.

After Scituate's defensive front forced a turnover on downs, its offense went back to work.

Sullivan connected with May on a pair of screen passes for a combined 25 yards to bring the Sailors inside the 10-yard line. Then, on first down, Sullivan dropped back to pass, ducked under pressure, eluded a second Warriors' defender and found Nathan Gould in the back of the end for a 10-yard touchdown pass to give Scituate a 14-0 lead. 

Sheskey opened the game up on the Sailors next drive. 

After Sullivan hit the junior back for a short screen pass, Sheskey used his agility to maneuver through the Nipmuc front, and then turned on the after burners for a 69-yard touchdown to put Scituate on top, 21-0.

"Will is just a physical, downhill back. He just makes things happen," said Scituate coach Herb Devine. "That screen pass, it really wasn't there and he breaks a tackle and then does his thing. Just an unbelievable kid."

The Warriors closed the gap before the break with Judah Dishignton connecting with Matthew Richards on a 26-yard touchdown reception to trim Scituate's lead to 21-8.

It looked as though Nipmuc would draw even closer after Sullivan was intercepted on the Sailors final before possession the half, but Gould intercepted Dishington on Nipmuc's opening drive of the third quarter to halt the Warriors momentum.

Sullivan put the game firmly out of reach moments later as after Sheskey broke free for a 50-yard run, the Sailors senior captain connected with Max Roche for a 14-yard touchdown to give Scituate a commanding 28-8 advantage.
Will Sheskey breaks free from a Nipmuc defender (Photo Courtesy: Andrew Bowman).
"Just an unbelievable group of kids," said Devine. "Their leadership, their direction. There's no talking, they just play football."

Sheskey broke the record on Scituate's final possession breaking through for a 13-yard pickup with under two minutes to play that allowed Sullivan to kneel out the clock.

"I think the biggest part of this season - I was coming home from the Duxbury game and I was sitting next to our left guard Tommy Green," Sheskey said. "I said 'that team is top five in the state and we played with them the whole game,' This group here we can do something special. From there on out we believed in it. We came in every single day determined and fighting."

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