DUXBURY — Duxbury’s seniors had never beaten Marshfield on Thanksgiving and they had a chance to finally do so, but instead they unanimously decided to sit out Thursday’s game and rest up for the Division 2 Super Bowl against Shrewsbury Dec. 3.
“We got together and thought it was the best thing for us,” said Duxbury coach Dave Maimaron, whose squad entered the game 11-0. “The ultimate goal is to win next week.”
Marshfield’s starters pummeled Duxbury’s reserves, 53-0, at Duxbury High.
“I’m not gonna lie, I was pretty angry about it,” Marshfield senior Christian Friedel said. “I thought they weren’t really respecting us. This game is a big deal.”
Marshfield (8-3) scored at will early, racking up four first-quarter touchdowns and claiming a 27-0 edge after one quarter. Two of the TDs came on punt returns — one from Brendan Ward and the other by Marshfield Thanksgiving MVP Jack McNeil — and both unfolded without much resistance.
The Rams extended the lead to 40-0 at halftime, and their reserves tacked on touchdowns in the third and fourth quarters.
Marshfield coach Lou Silva referenced a similar situation, in 2014, when Marshfield played its starters on Thanksgiving and squeaked out an exciting 44-43 win over Duxbury. He said, had the roles been reversed this year, he would have played his starters, adding that it’s really a personal decision.
He said he respects Maimaron’s choice to rest his players, but he wishes the day could have unfolded differently.
“I would be dishonest if I said I wasn’t a little disappointed,” Silva said.
Maimaron said the decision boiled down to his team’s lack of depth, injuries, and busy schedule. Had the Dragons not played last Saturday, Maimaron said he would have played his starters Thursday. However, because his banged-up team has played three games in two weeks, they decided it would be wise not to suit up.
Duxbury Thanksgiving MVP Aidan Connolly summed up the Dragons’ point of view.
“Big picture it made sense, even though it was tough to swallow at the moment,” he said.