By Mike Halloran
Tuesday, October 01, 2013 02:46 PM
It’s reminiscent of Wally Pip and Joe DiMaggio or Wade Boggs taking over for Carney Lansford: a star gets injured and his replacement never leaves the line-up. Hopefully that is not the case this week when the Dragons take on Hingham in their annual battle for the Patriot League title.
If it does happen, there will surely be less concern after the performance of freshman QB Bobby Maimaron in Saturday’s 29-0 win over Silver Lake.
Coming off the bench after starter Sean McCarthy was injured just five minutes into the game, and junior backup Liam Strauss was also unavailable due to injury, the rookie signal caller raised some eyebrows with a stunning performance in his first varsity action.
When the final gun sounded to end the afternoon for the Dragons, the scorecard showed Maimaron going 11 for 15 for 133 yards and 2 TD passes. Not bad for his first varsity start, considering he had played a full game the day before.
It was on Duxbury’s second drive that McCarthy rolled his ankle and had to come out of the game, leaving it up to Maimaron to lead the Dragons. He methodically marched his team down the field with the aid of senior running back Brad Marcotte, taking them from their own 32-yard line all the way into the end zone when Marcotte ended the 68-yard drive with a 3-yard TD run for what proved to be the winning score.
The defense came through all afternoon, taking the pressure off Maimaron by squashing any Silver Lake scoring attempts. After two Laker drives went nowhere, Duxbury took over on its own 31-yard line with 7:28 left in the half.
Eight plays later Maimaron found Jack Snow for a 17-yard TD pass, after connecting with the sophomore earlier in the drive for 31 yards. The Dragons then faked the extra point attempt and kicker Tyler Powers found junior Hunter Marston all alone in the end zone for two points and a 15-0 lead with 3:34 left on the clock.
The defense stifled the Lakers on their subsequent possession at their own 20, and their punt only made it to their own 32.
In just three plays that included a 26-yard pass to Wes Quinzani, the ball was down on the three-yard line. Senior offensive tackle Grant Kramer did his best impression of “Refrigerator” Perry and blasted his way into the end zone two plays later for a 22-0 lead at halftime
It was all over after seven minutes had expired in the third quarter following a Conor O’Neil interception (the first of two) at the Silver Lake 46.
Maimaron surgically carved up the Laker defense along with the running of Marcotte. Completions of nine yards to Ryan Duffey and seven yards to Snow highlighted the drive that ended when the freshman QB found Marston all alone in the corner of the end zone for the final score of the game.
“This is the first time I can honestly say we played the way I thought we could play on both sides of the ball for four quarters. It was really good to see,” said Coach Dave Maimaron. “When Sean went down the rest of the team stepped up. We talked about that when facing adversity and everyone knows they have to step up their game.”
Stepping up their game will certainly be a requirement this coming Friday night when the Dragons hold their annual battle with Patriot League foe Hingham: the only other team other than Duxbury to have captured the Patriot League title since 2001.
The game will be played on a neutral site at Scituate HS at 7 p.m., as the Harbormen’s new athletic complex was not completed in time for the game.