LOWELL — There only stands one last hurdle between the Duxbury football team and a state title.
Led by senior quarterback Bobby Maimaron, the Division 2 South champion Dragons traveled to Cawley Stadium Saturday afternoon and took care of business, defeating North champion Beverly, 41-14, in the state semifinals.
Duxbury (11-0) has a Dec. 3 date with Shrewsbury at Gillette Stadium in the Division 2 Super Bowl as it looks for the program’s first state championship since 2011.
“We are going to celebrate this for a little bit but I think we’ve got to get ready and keep this rolling. That is what we have been saying all year. ‘There is always going to be a next week, there’s always going to be another opponent.’ One more left,” Maimaron said.
Maimaron (10-for-19 passing, 231 yards, 3 TDs, and 8 rushes for 65 yards and 2 TDs) entered the game as the state’s all-time leader in passing touchdowns and added to that and more. Despite an interception by Beverly senior Johnny Jones on the first possession, the Duxbury defense forced a turnover at Duxbury’s 30-yard line. Three plays later, Maimaron hit junior James Miele for a 33-yard touchdown.
After a Beverly punt, senior wideout Ryan Reagan used a double move to beat his defender and Maimaron connected with him for a 77-yard touchdown, giving the Dragons a quick 14-0 lead in the first quarter.
“[Beverly] runs the ball so well, we definitely didn’t want to get behind on them,” Duxbury coach Dave Maimaron said. “We knew that if we can get out in front that it would be a lot easier to play against [Beverly] with a lead.”
In the second quarter, Maimaron drove the Dragons down the field and finished the job himself — powering into the end zone from 8 yards.
Beverly (8-3), in desperate need of points on its ensuing drive, was unable to score. Senior quarterback Kevin Morency was intercepted by Duxbury senior Mike Barry, who returned it 65 yards for a touchdown.
Another Maimaron-to-Miele touchdown, from 20 yards, made it 34-0 at the half.
Maimaron finished his day with a 7-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.
Senior Hugh Calice pushed his way into the end zone from 1 yard to get Beverly on the scoreboard halfway through the fourth quarter.
Beverly added another score when senior Kyle Chouinard reached pay dirt for a 6-yard touchdown.