Hingham coach Paul Killinger has made it clear his objective is to get past Duxbury. Easier said than done.
The third-ranked Green Dragons are in midst of a state-best 33-game winning streak, dating to December of 2009.
“We don’t talk about it, think about it, or worry about it,” said coach Dave Maimaron, who is 83-10 at Duxbury. “If we do what we need to do this week, we will be 8-0, and if not we’ll be 7-1.”
After graduating All-Scholastic quarterback Matt O’Keefe, the Green Dragons had a crucial spot to fill heading into this season. Junior Sean McCarthy took position under center and hasn’t looked back since.
McCarthy has great command of the offense, but is also a threat because of his speed and play-making skills. With only seven starts as a varsity quarterback, he has significantly matured and is gaining more confidence every game.
A staple of the Green Dragons offense this season has been senior Jon Hurvitz. The 5-foot-9-inch, 185-pound running back with a five-touchdown game under his belt already (against New Bedford) has experience and leadership.
“Hurvitz has had a great season thus far,” Maimaron asserted. “He’s really strong for his size, keeps his feet moving, and is also good at pass protecting. He’s the leader of our offense.”
Like Duxbury, the Harbormen have not been beaten on the field this season. Hingham had to forfeit a 33-7 season-opening win over Medway because of an ineligible player.
That’s the past, though. With just four games remaining, Hingham (6-1) is solely focused on Friday.
“There’s no need to do motivational coaching this week, the kids know what they’re up against,” Killinger said. “Is it more important? Yes. More time put in? Yes. More buzz around the school? Yes. It’s a league championship type of game.”
Hingham has finished 6-5 each of the last four seasons, a streak the team hopes to avoid extending.
The Harbormen have a versatile running attack led by captain Ricky Sullivan. Despite a strong ground game, Hingham lacks size on the lines.
“We don’t go at people directly, we’re not physically big enough to go at bigger teams,” Killinger said. “We use toughness and quickness. It’s a matter of trying to use the assets you have against what you don’t.”
Regardless of their inexperience, the Harbormen have great chemistry. Whether it’s being involved in food drives during the holidays or attending weekly all-you-can-eat taco nights, the team sticks together — and is excited to renew this Patriot Keenan League rivalry.
“Our goal is to win the league, beat Duxbury, go to playoffs, and do well,” said Killinger. “Only other goal after the Duxbury game is to win Thanksgiving morning. Can’t imagine any team in New England not having the same priority.”
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In other Friday action, No. 16 Central Catholic (6-1) faces host Lowell (6-1) in a key Merrimack Valley Conference Large contest; In the Dual County Large, Lincoln-Sudbury (6-1) is at 19th-ranked Westford (6-1); Wakefield (6-1), which last week was handed its first loss, by Burlington, hopes to hand the same fate to No. 20 Stoneham (7-0). Saturday, top-ranked Barnstable (6-0) will host Billerica (2-5); First place in Boston South is on the line when O’Bryant (4-3, 2-0) takes on Dorchester (6-0, 2-0).