ABINGTON — It was 30 degrees when the final whistle blew, but Abington coach Jim Kelliher didn’t mind bathing in an ice-cold Gatorade shower.
The drenching signified an outright South Shore League (Large) championship for the Green Wave after a convincing 36-7 win over East Bridgewater.
“[It feels] good, real good,” Kelliher said.
Sophomore Shawn Donovan had 224 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns, the second on a 75-yard punt return early in the third quarter that delivered the knockout punch.
With the 29-7 lead, the Green Wave defense held tight, keeping the Vikings scoreless in the second half.
“The defense was awesome tonight,” Kelliher said. “They stretched a little bit at times, but boy, they got a couple turnovers and that was the key.”
Abington (6-1, 4-0) established control of the game on its first drive, going 65 yards in 13 plays in 7:21. After two fourth-down conversions, Steve Manning ran in a 2-yard TD.
On the next possession, Donovan ran 26 yards for a score and a 14-0 lead.
“Donovan had a super night tonight,” Kelliher said. “You get him into the open spaces and you gotta be concerned.”
Another East Bridgewater punt led to Bryan Dwyer’s 46-yard touchdown pass to Halpin and a 21-0 advantage.
The Vikings (5-2, 2-2) then put together a drive with under two minutes left in the half and scored on a 32-yard pass from Ryan Graham to James Shea.
Abington is now an automatic qualifier for the Division 5 MIAA playoffs with the league title. East Bridgewater will play the waiting game.
“We got the calculator out and tried to play out all the scenarios,” said Vikings coach Shawn Tarpey. “I think we’re going to be OK.”