COHASSET — The Abington Green Wave were unfazed by the undefeated record Cohasset boasted, dousing the red-hot Skippers, 28-12, at Alumni Field on Friday night.
Cohasset looked like a well-oiled machine, but it was the guys in green that were running on all cylinders. The Skippers (3-1) came into the game averaging a South Shore Small-leading 41.7 points per contest, but Abington shut them down.
Defensively, the Skippers also led the league, giving up just 11 points per game. But even still, Abington (3-1) had their number. By the second quarter, Cohasset had surrendered the most points it had let up in any game all season.
And Abington coach Jim Kelliher knew it was more about his team’s development through four games.
“They do a multitude of things. Whatever they do they are pretty good at, but I felt as we got going and got comfortable with ourselves, the kids said, ‘Now I understand. Now I get the feel of it.’ And I think that was a big key,” he said. “We worked hard at it all week and last week we were a little rusty, but we got ourselves looking better.”
Running back Shawn Donovan powered the Green Wave with a monster first half. The sophomore rushed for 106 yards in the first two quarters, including a 25-yard TD rush with 4:56 left in the first quarter. He tallied 114 yards total on the ground on just six carries.
He also caught one of two Bryan Dwyer TD passes, a 40-yarder in the third quarter. Defensively, he added an interception, one of two forced by the Green Wave’s defense.
The combination of run and pass with Donovan and Dwyer will be a vital combination moving forward, according to Kelliher.
“Each and every week I feel we can run against someone and I think were effective passing the ball too,” he said. “So I think teams have to defend us both with the idea of trying to stop the run and trying to stop the pass.”
Cohasset, which got on the board first with a perfectly executed 39-yard strike from Chris Haggerty to Terence Doonan four minutes into the game, looked flat offensively after the score. The Skippers didn’t find pay dirt again until there was only 58 seconds left in the game, a garbage-time 4-yard rush by Haggerty.