Another non-league victory by the Dragons has them at 7-0 after last Friday nightâ€™s 36-21 win over the North Quincy Red Raiders at Veteranâ€™s Memorial Stadium in Quincy.
It was the coldest night of the year for any Dragonsâ€™ game and that may have contributed to Duxburyâ€™s occasional sloppy play throughout the evening.
Taking the opening kick-off out to their own 41-yard line and utilizing a hurry-up offense, the Dragons marched 59 yards in eight plays. They were aided by two penalties that allowed Duxbury to grab a 7-0 lead when junior Henry Buonagurio broke a half-dozen tackles before falling into the end zone with 7:06 left in the first quarter.
Neither team could do much with its next possession and the ball ended up in North Quincyâ€™s hands with 2:26 showing on the clock.
An 11-yard run by senior Mike Curran and a 16-yard pass to Mike Morrison from QB Joe Schmitz had the Red Raiders all the way down to the Duxbury 13-yard line before junior defensive back Reilly Naton nailed tailback Marquis Chase for a six-yard loss back to the 19.
Senior running back Kyle McKay made up for Natonâ€™s effort on the next down by going 16 yards around the left side all the way down to the three-yard line where Chase eventually took it into the end zone to tie the score at 7-7.
The Dragons seemed somewhat offended that the Red Raiders scored so easily, taking the kickoff to their own 40-yard line and hitting Don Weber on first down for 18 yards at the NQ 42.
Eight plays later, QB Matt Oâ€™Keefe spotted junior Andrew Buron running a slant out of the slot on the left side and hit him in stride for a 5-yard touchdown pass. Tucker Hannon set up for the extra point and took a direct snap, hitting junior Seamus Connolly in the end zone for a two-point conversion and a 15-7 lead.
The Red Raiders went nowhere on their next possession, punting the ball to their own 38 with 2:37 left in the half.
Junior Kane Haffey was now at the controls, with sophomore tailback Jon Hurvitz set behind him.
A 14-yard run by Hurvitz, a 10-yard penalty against the Dragons, and a sack of Haffey put the ball at midfield with the clock running. Haffey found Matt Hallisey (13 yards) and Weber (10 yards) for consecutive first downs, while a seven-yard gain by Buonagurio and another Weber reception for 6 yards brought the Dragons down to the14-yard line.
Duxburyâ€™s good luck came to a halt temporarily with a 10-yard penalty back to the 24 where Haffey went 8 yards on a keeper and eventually found Hallisey in the left flat for a 21-7 lead at halftime.
The Red Raiders took the second half kick-off with a chance to get back in the game. Unfortunately, it was three and out for NQ with the Dragons taking over a punt at the Red Raider 37.
On second down, Oâ€™Keefe dropped back to pass and had his pass tipped high into the air, coming down into the arms of NQâ€™s McKay, who returned it 45 yards for a touchdown that cut the lead to 22-14.
Duxbury wasted little time in expanding its lead once again, as a 23-yard keeper by Haffey and a 24-yard burst by Hurvitz had the ball at the 13-yard line. Two plays later Haffey dashed into the end zone and the Dragons were comfortably ahead, 29-14, with 6:08 left in the third quarter.
North Quincy went nowhere on its next series and punted once again with the Dragons taking over on the NQ 32. Duxburyâ€™s offensive line of tackles Gordon Acha and Brett Harasimowicz, along with guards Rob Kosharek and Colman Duggan on either side of center Wes Dow opened up holes for Buonagurio, as the junior became the workhorse in trying to run minutes off the clock.
After six carries and a seven-yard reception Buonagurio was into the end zone, giving his team a 36-14 lead.
Naton made another big defensive play on fourth down to defuse any chance of a NQ comeback and the Dragons took over with sophomore QB John Geary under center. The Duxbury drive would stall on the Red Raider 32, giving the ball back to the hosts, who sprung Curran for a 68-yard TD run down the right sideline for the gameâ€™s final points.
â€œI liked the fact we put together a nice drive to end the first half, but things did get sloppy in the second half. Now our focus is on Friday night. Itâ€™s Homecoming and our first night home game of the year. A win will give us a huge step in our goal to win the Patriot League title,â€ said Coach Dave Maimaron.
This Friday night the Dragons will entertain Silver Lake at 7 p.m. in an important Keenan Division matchup.