An impressive air attack in the last three quarters, followed by just enough defense at the goal line, gave Doherty the Division 4 Super Bowl win over Dennis-Yarmouth on Saturday, 28-26.
This was Doherty’s first Super Bowl win.
Doherty quarterback Luke Brennan threw for 259 yards and two touchdowns, also running for 10 yards and a score. Jahkari Carpenter ran for 87 yards and a touchdown, while Isaac Yiadom hauled in 138 receiving yards and a touchdown.
Dennis-Yarmouth quarterback Spencer Tyler threw for 133 yards with an interception and ran for 99 with two touchdowns. Andrew Jamiel caught 42 yards through the air with a score of his own.
After Dennis-Yarmouth and Doherty traded fumble losses in the first four minutes, Dennis-Yarmouth marched down the field and scored on an 11-yard run by Tyler for the first score of the game. The extra point gave Dennis-Yarmouth a 7-0 lead with 21 seconds left in the first quarter.
Doherty finally got on the board after an 8-yard run by Brennan. With 1:38 to go in the half, Doherty forced a three-and-out for Dennis-Yarmouth, getting the ball back with less than a minute to play in the second quarter. On the final play of the half, Brennan hit Alfred Adarkwah with a 41-yard touchdown pass as time expired. Doherty converted the two-point conversion and took a 14-7 lead into halftime.
Doherty scored again five minutes into the third quarter, this time Brennan hitting Isaac Yiadom with a 64-yard touchdown to up Doherty’s advantage. The extra point was good to give Doherty a 21-7 lead. Dennis-Yarmouth got back on track with a two-yard touchdown run on the next drive by Cory Desimone to make it 21-14.
Doherty padded their lead just over five minutes into the fourth quarter when Carpenter punched in a one-yard run to make it 28-14. A huge 71-yard return on the ensuing kick by L.K. Metz put Dennis-Yarmouth on the Doherty 9-yard line before Tyler found Jamiel on the very next play for the touchdown. But the extra point attempt was blocked as Doherty held a 28-20 lead with 4:37 to play.
Dennis-Yarmouth had one last chance starting on their own 21-yard line with 2:11 to play. Tyler led the Dolphins down the field and deep into Doherty territory before running in a 7-yard touchdown to make it 28-26 with 56 seconds to play, setting up a two-point conversion that could’ve possibly pushed the game into overtime. But Tyler couldn’t find a receiver on the 2-point attempt with the Dennis-Yarmouth comeback falling just short. Doherty recovered the following onside kick to seal the win.