It may not
have the local interest that taking on Marshfield would have, but playing
Atlantic Coast League tri-champs, Dennis-Yarmouth, will be the first step for
the Dragons as they go for their second Super Bowl crown in the last three
game will be played on Tuesday night in Weymouth at 5 p.m. A win over the
Dolphins will pit Duxbury against the winner of North Andover/Concord-Carlisle
on Saturday at Gillette Stadium, tentatively scheduled for 1:30 p.m.
Itâ€™s been a foregone conclusion by most local high school football fans that the Marshfield Rams suffered through a sub-par season and are playing out the string on Thanksgiving Day. It couldnâ€™t be any further from the truth.
Itâ€™s about time the Dragons had a competitive football game. But it was almost too close for comfort. Trailing by six points with 3:47 left in the game, QB Kane Haffey engineered an 80-yard TD drive in six plays to lead the Dragons to a season-saving, come-from-behind victory over Hingham, 21-20, on Friday night before a packed house in Duxbury.
The Patriot League co-champion Duxbury Dragons took on undefeated and No. 8 ranked Canton High School on Friday night in Bridgewater, losing to the Bulldogs, 1-0, in the Division II South Sectional semifinals. In a rematch of the season-opener with Canton that handed Duxbury a 3-1 loss at home, the game was closer than the score indicated.
By Mike Halloran, Sports Editor
After knocking off defending state champion Cardinal Spellman, and escaping with a hard-earned 2-1 win over Dedham on Melissa Gavinâ€™s incredible shot from 30-yards out, the Duxbury girlsâ€™ soccer team ran into a buzzsaw on Sunday morning in Weymouth where they were eliminated by No. 2 seed Medfield High School (19-1-2), 3-0, in the MIAA DII South Sectional final. The Lady Dragons could see they were at a disadvantage right away, as the Warriors seemed to be bigger, faster, and a step ahead of their opponent throughout the game, especially when Medfield started off with the wind in the first half. Goalkeeper Emily Brook had plenty to do in the opening minutes, as she made a diving save on a kick from 30 yards out and also stopped a shot at the post as Medfield walked out from the corner. Trying to send the ball up field into the wind seemed fruitless, as the Warriors pressured every Duxbury pass and maintained possession in the Duxbury zone for most of the first half. Eight minutes in Medfield finally converted, as freshman forward Shea Newman caught the Duxbury defense flat-footed and slipped right through the middle to beat Brook for a 1-0 lead. The Lady Dragons continued to have their problems connecting, as Medfieldâ€™s physical play knocked them off the ball and intimidated them on most 50/50 balls. Duxbury would finally get deep into Warrior territory with 26 minutes showing on the clock to earn a corner, only to have it deflected over the crossbar. Keeping up the pressure, it appeared the Warriors had built their lead to 2-0 with 3:20 left in the half, but the officials ruled Brook had been interfered with as the ball broke the plain of the goal line and the game remained a one-goal difference at halftime. Despite having the wind in the second half, not much changed for Duxbury, as Medfield had two direct kicks in the first 10 minutes and the Lady Dragons could not muster any consistent offense. Midway through the second half, Newman struck again. The freshman ran onto a ball down the left side, pulled it back around a pair of defenders and blasted a shot over Brook to put the Warriors ahead comfortably at 2-0 with 17:40 left in the game. â€œShe is a very dynamic player for a freshman. She can create her own shot and she finished on both of her opportunities,â€ said Duxbury Coach Emerson Coleman. Senior Isabelle Hacket would close out the scoring for Medfield with 2:07 left when she found herself all alone in front of Brook after a Duxbury defender fell down on a 50/50 ball. â€œIn the Dedham game we had our moments where we did what we wanted, but for 80 minutes Medfield had us unsettled. We could never get our stuff going,â€ said Coleman.
It didnâ€™t take long for the Duxbury girlsâ€™ soccer team to know it had its hands full Friday night in Scituate when the Dedham Marauders forced Emily Brook to make a key save in the first 90 seconds of its 2-1 victory over the Bay State League entry.
The Duxbury High School boysâ€™ soccer team has quietly stepped out from under the umbrella of the fall sports season and advanced to the semifinals of the MIAA Division II South Sectional soccer championships after a 1-0 shutout win over No. 14 seed Norton HS on Wednesday night in Duxbury.
After barely escaping with a 2-1 win over Scituate on Sunday, the Lady Dragon soccer team brought its A game to Chandler Field on Tuesday night and defeated reigning Division II state champs, Cardinal Spellman of Brockton, 4-1.
The DHS girlsâ€™ soccer team knows how to come back from adversity this year, and they did it again on Sunday when they beat Scituate, 2-1, to advance to the second round of the MIAA Division II South Sectional soccer tournament.
The pre-game scuttlebutt was that the game wouldnâ€™t be much of a battle, and apparently everyone knew what they were talking about.
Scoring on their first offensive play of the night, the Dragons scored at will the rest of the evening, as they manhandled Middleboro 55-21, to run their record to 9-0. A win next week against Hingham will send the Dragons to the MIAA Div. II A playoffs against the winner of the Atlantic Coast Conference.
The Duxbury Dragons captured their second consecutive Division II state golf championship with a seven-stroke victory over Franklin High School on Tuesday at the Pocasset Country Club in Bourne. It is Duxburyâ€™s fifth State title in Coach Jack Stoddardâ€™s 21-year coaching career and follows last weekâ€™s South Sectional title win at the Marshfield Country Club.
Junior sailor Ian Ikeda of Duxbury High School raced in the High School Singled-Handed National Championships in St. Petersburg, Florida over the weekend. Ikeda competed against 36 of the best high school sailors in the country: Eighteen of whom who were in his full-rig division and eighteen who were in the radial-rig division.
The game had all the excitement of a playoff game, as the winner gained a leg up on the race for a playoff berth. But by nightâ€™s end it was the Duxbury Dragons who were in complete control of their post-season destiny. Facing Silver Lake in what appeared to be a game that could well determine the Keenan Division champ in the Patriot League standings; the Dragons took away a hard-fought 14-3 win over the Lakers on Homecoming Night in Duxbury last Friday night.