QUINCY — Quincy put a scare into No. 3 Duxbury on Friday night, but the Dragons prevailed in a 37-28 victory at Veterans Memorial Field.
On a wet and slippery field, Duxbury got off to a slow start with Quincy taking a 12-7 halftime lead. The Dragons, however, regrouped in the second half and pulled away late for their 33d straight win, improving to 7-0 overall and 1-0 in the Patriot (Keenan).
“We’ve got to get better every week,” said Duxbury coach Dave Maimaron. “It was nice to see the offense get on track in the second half there. It’s the best we’ve executed on offense all season, so that was nice.
“We changed up some of our blocking schemes at halftime, but it was more execution. It’s just executing, and we finally did that in the second half. But Quincy was making plays. They’re a good football team.”
The Dragons were led by junior quarterback Sean McCarthy (5-of-12 passing, 132 yards; 12 rushes, 93 yards), who threw for two scores and rushed for another, and senior Jon Hurvitz (20 carries, 173 yards), who scored twice.
“McCarthy ran well in the second half,” said Maimaron. “We made a couple passes. The kid just makes plays, the game slows down for him. He’s an awesome football player.
“And Hurvitz on offense, he just needs a crack. He’s so strong and he’s so fast that he’s explosive. If we give him a seam to hit, he’s dangerous.”
Duxbury came out of the half with an 80-yard drive to regain the lead, 14-12. The drive was highlighted by a 29-yard run from McCarthy, who ultimately found junior Wes Quinzani for a 26-yard score.
The Dragons opened it up at the start of the final quarter. This time it was an 87-yard drive that extended the advantage to 21-12. McCarthy found Cam Walsh for a 57-yard strike, setting up a 1-yard touchdown run by Hurvitz. A bad snap on a punt on Quincy’s next possession scooted out of the end zone, resulting in a safety that put Duxbury up, 23-12.
Quincy (3-4, 1-1) came right back, though, needing just three plays to move 50 yards. Quarterback James Lam found senior Alex Heffernan for a 32-yard bomb that cut the Duxbury lead to 23-20 after a 2-point rush.
But the Quincy defense just couldn’t keep up with McCarthy and Hurvitz. Duxbury’s next drive began at its own 34 and the tandem ate up all the yardage, with Hurvitz running in a 13-yard score.
Duxbury extended the lead on McCarthy’s 13-yard touchdown run. Quincy responded when Lam found Jaquan Harris for a 10-yard scoring strike, but it was too little, too late.
A bright spot for the Presidents was senior running back Jalen Green, who rushed for 123 yards on 18 carries, including a 56-yard gain on a fake punt in the first half.
Duxbury faces Patriot (Keenan) rival Hingham (5-1, 1-0) next week.