The rainy weather was no friend to the No. 4-ranked Duxbury field hockey team this week as they had an extra two days to stew over their first loss of the season when their game against the Hanover Indians Sept. 30 was postponed.

Read more: Back to business: Field hockey bounces back from first loss by crushing Lakers

 

A return to Patriot League action seems to be just what the doctor ordered for the Duxbury football team.

Read more: Back on even ground: Dragons back at .500 with rout of Panthers

 

Both the Duxbury and Scituate girls’ soccer teams came away with a point after their 1-1 tie at the high school Friday afternoon, but the draw was much more of a victory for the Dragons than the Sailors. 

Read more: Time to turn the corner: Dragons rebound from loss; tie #5 Sailors

 

Sophomore Matt Daley made history last week with the first ever hole in one for the Duxbury High School golf team.

 

Daley made history on the third hole at the Duxbury Yacht Club against Middleboro. With a 6 over par of 42, Daley helped the Dragons to a 232-296 win.

Read more: Hole in one! Matt Daley makes history

 

Everything seemed to go wrong in the first half from untimely turnovers and huge touchdown plays by the 10th-ranked Holliston Panthers all the way down to the scoreboard and sound system not working for the Duxbury High School football team Friday night.

The Dragons dominated the second half, but the damage was already done in a 34- 20 loss at the high school.

 

The Panthers scored four of their five touchdowns in the second quarter to take a 26-6 lead into halftime, which was just too much for Duxbury to overcome.

 

“We made it interesting and I’m proud of how the guys bounced back against a quality opponent, but we dug ourselves a little too big of a hole in the first half,” head coach Dave Maimaron said. “We tried to dig ourselves out of it, but came up just a little short."

Holliston senior Zach Elkinson broke a scoreless tie with an 80-yard touchdown run on the first play of the second quarter, which set the tone for Holliston's 26-point quarter. Holliston's war set, three running backs in tight formation behind quarterback Nick Athy, Elkinson and Joe Bellomo wracked up 450 rushing yards. Holliston also mixed in junior Matt McIsaac at quarterback to further add to Duxbury's confusion and set up their second score with McIsaac taking the snap and pitching the ball to Athy, who then threw a strike to Bellomo in the end zone. 

Bellomo then went to work on the ground with two 46-yard touchdown runs. 

 

“They got probably 90 percent of their yards [from the war set], and we just didn’t have an answer for it,” head coach Dave Maimaron said. “You can’t run a conventional defense against it ... and when you have to worry about only one or two kids it’s different, but when you have to worry about all three of them, it makes it very challenging.”

 

Duxbury’s offense struggled until Bobby Maimaron connected with Brian Zec and back-to-back passes for the Dragon’s first touchdown following Bellomo’s first 46- yard run in the second. After Bellomo scored his second rushing touchdown, the Drag- ons marched down the field again and looked poised to go into halftime with momentum when Maimaron’s 23-yard scramble set up first and goal at the Holliston 8-yard line. However, Maimaron’s pass to the back of the end zone was picked off by Andrew Schneelock.

 

Despite the Dragons’ resurgence in the second half, Scheelock’s interception may have been the deciding play, according to Maimaron.

 

“We really needed to punch it in at the end of the half,” he said. “If we finished that drive and then got the ball coming out in the second half, it could have been a different game.”

 

Despite their disappointment with the second quarter, the Dragons came out of the locker room determined in the second half. Maimaron and Devin DeMeritt found holes in the Panthers’ defensive line to establish the running game that was sorely lacking in the first half and an acrobatic catch by sophomore Ryan Reagan on a 19-yard pass by Maimaron less than four minutes into the third quarter cut Holliston’s lead to two touchdowns.

 

“Reagan’s a basketball player and he can go up and get it,” Maimaron said. “He’s a heck of a receiver.”

 

Duxbury’s defense also ratcheted up the intensity in the second half by forcing two fumbles and by James Giumetti picking off Athy in at the 1-yard line. Following Giumetti’s interception, the Dragons marched up the field behind 39 yards on four rushes by DeMeritt and a 20- yard pass from Maimaron to Reagan. Captain Cam Walsh capped the 80-yard drive with a 5-yard touchdown catch, and fellow captain Hunter Marston pulled the Dragons within six by catching Matt Antonino’s pass for a two-point conversion with 3:46 left in the game.

 

Unfortunately, the Drag- ons couldn’t stop Bellomo from picking up three first downs when the Panthers got the ball back. Holliston then nailed down their win with 1:54 left when Athy got the Duxbury defense to bite on a fake toss to Bellomo and ran 12 yards up the middle for the final score of the game.

 

The Dragons will need to regroup in a hurry as they head to Bridgewater-Raynham to face an angry Trojans team coming off a loss to St. John’s that dropped them from 5th to 14th in the Globe’s rankings.

 

“It doesn’t get any easier,” Maimaron said. “B-R is al- ways tough. We’ve got to get a lot better on offense, a lot better on defense and a lot better on special teams.”

 

The fall was a banner year for the Duxbury volleyball team, who won the Patriot League while going undefeated through the regular season. This fall the Dragons have the distinction of chasing another perfect season while also being the first varsity sports team to take the court in the new Duxbury Middle/High School.

Read more: Dig in anew: Volleyball team gets set to open the new high school as they chase tournament titles

 

The sideline at Duxbury girls’ soccer games this season will look different with the familiar face of longtime coach Emerson Coleman now a part of history. But the expectations are the same under new head coach Joe Ferguson, and the early returns have been promising.

Read more: Same face, new place

The Duxbury boys’ tennis team ended their season one win short of a second straight state championship after the Wayland High School Warriors took home the crown with a 4-1 win over the Dragons at St. John’s on June 10. 

Read more: Boys’ tennis bows out to Warriors

For most of the fourth quarter of the Division I boys’ lacrosse championship on Saturday, the Duxbury bench and fans harassed Acton-Boxboro senior midi Christopher Wiggins, yelling at him not to blow the game every time the Colonials’ senior came near the sideline. In the end, however, Wiggins got the last laugh as he brought the Dragons’ sea- son to a crushing end in double-overtime.

Read more: Double trouble: Acton-Boxboro stuns Dragons in double overtime

The Duxbury girls’ lacrosse team felt they showed that they belong in Division I in their loss to Needham on April 24. On Saturday, they proved it by knocking off the fourth-ranked team in the state.

Read more: Girls’ lacrosse team takes down No. 4 Westford Academy

The Duxbury softball team could have used some of the 16 runs they scored against the Scituate Sailors on Monday over the rest of the week.

Read more: Looking for a spark

In back-to-back games, Duxbury showed they can pound opponents into submission and also pitch their way to victory with the result that they are back in the postseason.

Read more: Baseball back in the big dance

With one dominating performance at the high school Thursday night, the Duxbury boys’ lacrosse team was able to pick up their third win over a Massachusetts top-20 team, establish their stranglehold on the Patriot League, qualify for the MIAA tournament and once again take their position as the top-ranked lacrosse team in the Bay State.

Read more: Back on top: Dragons return to top of state rankings after rout of Harbormen

Suffering their first loss of the season last week only served to make the Dragons more motivated to prove they belong at the top in Division I.

Read more: No signs of slowing down: Girls lacrosse batters Rams for third straight win

The Duxbury boys’ track and field team had some strong individual performances Wednesday against the Silver Lake Lakers, but didn’t have the depth to pull out a win.

Read more: Track team can’t catch Lakers