MARSHFIELD — As the clock hit all zeroes at the end of the fourth quarter, the Falmouth football team was met with a feeling it had not experienced since Nov. 6, 2015 — defeat.
The Clippers’ state-best 17-game unbeaten streak came to a halt with a thud in a 57-6 Atlantic Coast League loss to eighth-ranked Marshfield.
A year ago, the Rams fell just shy of derailing Falmouth in its march to a 13-0 season and the Division 2A Super Bowl title, denied in overtime, 20-14.
In the rematch, Marshfield (2-1) struck early and often.
“We had chances last year we didn’t take advantage of,” said Marshfield coach Lou Silva. “We got inside their 30-yard line several times and didn’t take advantage of that. This year, we wanted to make sure that we finished all our drives.”
Senior Jack McNeil returned to the backfield in a big way, rushing for scores of 54 and 17 yards on his first two carries to put the Rams ahead, 14-0, after one quarter. McNeil added a 33-yard touchdown run in the third, and finished with 123 yards on five carries.
After Marshfield made it 21-0 early in the second quarter, a muffed punt found its way into the hands of Nick Banks, who took it 37 yards for a score.
As the wind died down toward the end of the half, Marshfield found pay dirt yet again, this time on a 68-yard pass from Jackson Phinney to Danny Hickey.
While the Rams had over 400 all-purpose yards on offense, their stalwart defense limited Falmouth to under 150 yards on the night.
The Clippers only score came in the final minute of the first half on a 29-yard keeper by Kyle Connolly.
“The kids came to play today,” said Silva. “From the third play on, kids did a great job on both sides of the ball, kicking game, everything came together.”Dan Shulman can be reached at email@example.com.