FOXBOROUGH — For the Duxbury seniors, Saturday’s Super Bowl showdown against Shrewsbury wasn’t just the culmination of a year of inching toward Gillette Stadium.
It marked the end of a four-year ascent that, before Saturday, featured just about everything except a Division 2 championship.
When the final seconds ticked off the clock, and the Dragons had cemented a 40-7 win, the celebration encapsulated four years worth of clawing turned to ecstasy.
Record-setting quarterback Bobby Maimaron bear-hugged his father, head coach Dave Maimaron, and they hoisted the trophy together. Harvard-bound receiver Ryan Reagan flashed a smile and embraced his teammates. Riley Bergstrom jumped in the air and pumped his fist.
Then they all gathered together for one last time, as Super Bowl champions, and held up the No. 1. The mission was complete, and the dream was achieved. The Duxbury seniors went out on top.
“It’s unbelievable,” said Bobby Maimaron, who capped his career with four touchdown passes (Nos. 119-122) , completing 18 of his 32 aerials for 300 yards. He also rushed for a score.
“I can’t describe it. It’s the culmination of all our hard work, and it paid off.”
Saturday’s thumping of the Colonials (9-4) mirrored what Duxbury (12-1) did to the opposition in just about every game all season (aside from the 53-0 loss to Marshfield on Thanksgiving Day, in which the starters did not play).
Reagan racked up eight receptions for 155 yards and three TDs, using his 6-foot-4, 225-pound frame to outmuscle defenders on the outside.
He and Maimaron formed an unstoppable duo, hooking up at timely moments for sizable gains.
Maimaron found Reagan early in the first quarter for an 8-yard score, which was set up by a Riley Bergstrom interception and return to the 3. That made it 7-0, and Maimaron fed Reagan for a 16-yard TD late in the quarter to push the margin to 14-0.
Shrewsbury responded with a 3-yard TD pass from sophomore Drew Campanele to junior Chris Campbell, trimming the deficit to 14-7 late in the second. The Dragons extended the lead to 20-7 in the final minute, though, as Maimaron wiggled his way into the end zone from 19 yards out.
Duxbury kept that 20-7 lead heading into halftime. In the third, Maimaron connected with senior David Colucci from 8 yards out, and he found Reagan once again for a 58-yard strike late in the third.
Joe Gooley recovered a fumble for a TD to make it 40-7, and Duxbury’s seniors ran out onto the field one final time. This time, as champions.
“Our goal is to win at Gillette,” Dave Maimaron said. “To make that happen is a storybook ending for this group of seniors.”
Duxbury 40, Shrewsbury 7
at Gillette Stadium, Foxborough
D — Ryan Reagan 8 pass from Bobby Maimaron (Ben Carver kick)
D — Ryan Reagan 16 pass from Bobby Maimaron (Ben Carver kick)
S — Christopher Campbell 3 pass from Drew Campanale (Matt Mulcahy kick)
D — Bobby Maimaron 19 run (kick blocked)
D — David Colucci 8 pass from Bobby Maimaron (pass failed)
D — Ryan Reagan 58 pass from Bobby Maimaron (Ben Carver kick)
D — Joe Gooley 33 fumble return (Ben Carver kick)
RUSHING — D, Bobby Maimaron 3-30, Frankie Tower 3-2; S, A.J. Laramee 7-11
PASSING — D, Bobby Maimaron 18-32-300; S, Drew Campanale 13-30-2-122
RECEIVING — D, Ryan Reagan 8-155, David Colucci 4-52, Joe Gooley 1-37, John Roberts 1-28, James Miele 2-16, Frankie Tower 2-10; S, Christopher Campbell 6-85, Connor MacAulay 3-24, Brian Moura 1-8