FOXBOROUGH — The Mashpee Falcons saved their best for last in the Division 6 state final at Gillette Stadium Saturday.
In the fourth quarter against St. Bernard’s, senior running back DeShaun Dias ran for three touchdowns and came up with an interception to lead the Falcons to a 28-8 victory.
Behind a line of all seniors, Dias totaled four TDs and 239 yards on the ground.
“It’s a game I’ll never forget,” Dias said. “My first big game in Gillette, and I score four touchdowns. It’s a huge thing for me.”
“All I have to say is my line was tremendous today,” Dias added. “I’ll say it again – the best line in the South Shore League.”
It was Mashpee’s second Super Bowl victory since 2011.
Mashpee tried to spread the field with passing plays in the first half, with minimal success. It was 8-8 at halftime.
Late in the third quarter, St. Bernard’s (11-1) had the ball at the Mashpee 2-yard line. Mashpee’s defensive line held firm to keep St. Bernard’s off the board.
“That was kind of a turning point on that drive,” Mashpee coach Matt Triveri said. “After that, it was ‘we’re going to feed [Dias] the rest of the way.’ ”
Minutes into the fourth quarter, Mashpee took over on its 20. All it took was three plays for Dias to break free for a 58-yard touchdown.
“With a back like him, it’s just great,” senior tackle Ethan Kiefer said. “You know it’s going to happen eventually. You just keep working and he’s going to score.”
St. Bernard’s tried to answer, but Dias intercepted a pass, then capped off the ensuing drive with a 20-yard TD run.
Jacob Johnston forced and recovered a fumble on the ensuing kickoff to set up Dias’s final score, from 29 yards.
“It’s a team effort, but the reality was, [Dias] is a great football player. I think he’s the most underrated player in this state,” Triveri said.
“That kid is just a great kid,” freshman Devaun Ford said. “He is always there for everybody. He’ll give up his drink for you if you’re thirsty. He’s just a great kid and a great guy and I’m glad we got the win to send them off.”
Ford hauled in his second interception to end St. Bernard’s last rally and seal the victory.
“It’s still shocking,” Mashpee senior Joseph Spinola said. “It’s the last game and it feels like we should keep going until the end.”
Dias capped off his stellar career with 4,364 yards rushing and 63 TDs.
Dias had 36 touchdowns and 2,301 rushing yards this season.
|M||DeShaun Dias 9-yard run (Billy McNamara pass from Nick Carpenter)|
|SB||A.J. Robichaud 1-yard run (A.J. Robichaud run)|
|M||DeShaun Dias 58-yard run (Jason Andrade run)|
|M||DeShaun Dias 20-yard run (pass failed)|
|M||DeShaun Dias 29-yard run (rush failed)|
|St. Bernard's passing|
|St. Bernard's rushing|
|St. Bernard's receiving|