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DIVISION 8 SOUTH FINAL | MILLIS 31, WAREHAM 8

Kurt Hopkins, Millis run over Wareham

WAREHAM — Led by dynamic quarterback Bryce Latosek, Millis had enjoyed success this season through the air. But on a chilly Friday night in Wareham, the run game was the difference.

On defense, the Mohawks shut down the Vikings’ high-powered rushing attack. On offense, running back Kurt Hopkins compiled 207 yards and two touchdowns as Millis won its second consecutive Division 8 South title with a 31-8 victory.

The Mohawks (9-1) will move onto the Eastern Mass. final next weekend against the winner of Saturday’s North final between Lynn Tech (9-0) and Cathedral (8-1).

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Eight of Hopkins’s 20 carries went for more than 15 yards, with his longest (36 yards) accounting for the Mohawks’ first touchdown late in the first quarter.

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“A lot of the stuff we do is zone reads, zone runs,” said Hopkins. “I make cuts off certain zone blocks [the offensive line] makes, so all the credit to them.”

Going up against a Wareham offense that had punished opposing defenses with its versatile Wing-T, Millis limited the Vikings (8-2) to just 63 yards on the ground.

Isaac Nascimento, Wareham’s dual threat, rushed for just 24 yards. In the air, Nascimento had a difficult night, going 7 for 19 with 151 yards and four interceptions. His second pick resulted in an 80-yard pick-6 for Dom Zonfrelli in the second quarter, extending the lead to 17-0.

In Millis’s only loss this year on opening night against Holliston, the Mohawks were beaten by the Panthers’ Wing-T. Nine weeks later, the Millis defense redeemed itself.

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“Their whole game is the run game,” said Millis coach Dana Olson. “We’re familiar with this offense. We see it with Holliston. Isaac’s a dynamic kid, but we’ve faced dynamic kids before.”

“That’s not [Wareham’s] thing,” said Olson. “They don’t want to throw the football. We wanted to put them in situations where they had to throw the football.

“We watched on film, no one down [in the South Coast Conference] attacked them,” said Olson. “And I said, ‘We might give up a couple big plays, but we’re going to attack them.’ ”