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MILLIS-HOPEDALE 30, MAYNARD 18

Millis-Hopedale sails past Maynard in Division 4A Super Bowl

Matthew Healey for The Boston Globe

Millis-Hopedale senior offensive lineman Matthew Kapatoes hoisted the Division 4A Super Bowl trophy.

By Brandan Blom Globe Correspondent 

WORCESTER — The Millis football program has been getting better every season. Since 2011 the Mohawks have made the playoffs every year and on Saturday they captured their first Super Bowl championship since 1999 with a 30-18 win over Maynard in the Division 4A title game.

“From being a program in 2009 that almost folded to winning a Super Bowl in 2016, I don’t even know what to say right now, I’m just so proud of our kids,” Millis coach Dana Olson said. “This is an unbelievable feeling.”

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The Mohawks gave up a 71-yard touchdown rush to Maynard’s Ryan MacCormack and faced a 6-0 deficit early but Millis responded with a four-play drive capped by a 57-yard touchdown pass from Bryce Latosek to PJ Adams. The score and point after by Andrew Brooks gave Millis a 7-6 lead in the first.

Olson opted to keep the ball in the air for much of the first half. On their next drive Latosek found Raymond Hilaire for a 58-yard touchdown, extending the lead to 14-6.

MacCormack rushed for a 57-yard score to get Maynard within 14-12, in the second quarter, but with time running down, Latosek again attacked the Maynard defense through the air and found the end zone. Latosek found his senior receiver Brian Espanet in double coverage for a 13-yard score.

“It’s not fair. Nobody can cover him really. Just throw the ball up there and nobody can get up there and cover him,” Latosek said of the UMaine-bound receiver. “I know he’s going to go up and get it. He’s 6 foot 4 and he’s got ups, I knew he was going to get that.”

Latosek had 262 yards and three touchdowns in the first half. The junior finished the game with 16 completions for 307 yards and four scores.

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“We knew that the league they play in they don’t see a lot of teams like us,” Olson said. “We were going to figure out early on what they were going to do with Brian [Espanet]. If they were going to double and triple him we have plenty of other kids to throw the football to.”

Espanet hauled in seven receptions for 95 yards and a score. Six of those catches and 93 of those yards came in the first half as the Mohawks shifted to a ground-and-pound approach in the second half.

“Everybody wants to talk about our passing game but we have a 1,000-yard back who’s a junior,” Olson said. “We put it on the offensive line at the end to get a few first downs and they did exactly that.”

Kurt Hopkins had four rushes for 8 yards in the first half but added 16 carries in the second half to finish with 76 yards. On the second drive of the second half, Hopkins rushed six times before Latosek found Dominic Zonfrelli on a bubble screen that went for a 44-yard score.

Maynard’s second pass of the game went for a 24-yard touchdown to make it 27-18 Millis in the fourth but a 23-yard field goal by Brooks put the Mohawks up for good, 30-18.

“It didn’t really hit me until those last seconds ran off the clock,” Latosek said of the win. “It’s the best feeling in the world.”

Millis coach talks Super Bowl victory

Millis-Hopedale 30, Maynard 18

at Worcester State

Millis-Hopedale (10-3)14  6  7  3 — 30

Maynard (12-1) 6  6  0  6 — 18

 MAY — Ryan MacCormack 71 run (rush failed)

 MIL — PJ Adams 57 pass from Bryce Latosek (Andrew Brooks kick)

 MIL — Ray Hiliare 58 pass from Bryce Latosek (Andrew Brooks kick)

 MAY — Ryan MacCormack 57 run (rush failed)

 MIL — Brian Espanet 13 pass from Bryce Latosek (rush failed)

 MIL — Dom Zonfrelli 44 pass from Bryce Latosek (Andrew Brooks kick)

 MAY — Eric Kiley 24 pass from Tommy Smith (pass failed)

 MIL — Andrew Brooks 23 field goal

 MIL — Brian Espanet 13 pass from Bryce Latosek (kick failed)

 MIL — Dom Zonfrelli 44 pass from Bryce Latosek (Andrew Brooks kick)

 MAY — Eric Kiley 24 pass from Tommy Smith (rush failed)

 MIL — Andrew Brooks 23 field goal

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

 RUSHING — MAY, Ryan MacCormack 19-181, P.J. Falzone 11-38, Alex Longo 6-16; MIL, Kurt Hopkins 20-76

 PASSING — MAY, Tommy Smith 3-5-1-63; MIL, Bryce Latosek 16-22-0-307

 RECEIVING — MAY, P.J. Falzone 1-34, Eric Kiley 2-29; MIL, Brian Espanet 7-95, PJ Adams 3-88, Ray Hiliare 1-58, Dom Zonfrelli 4-49, Kurt Hopkins 1-9.


Brandan Blom can be reached at brandan.blom@globe.com.