SOUTH YARMOUTH — On his final carry, his 27th on a bitterly frigid night, Bobby Evans took a handoff out of the read option, hit the hole, and sprinted 41 yards for a game-clinching touchdown.
And that final burst with a minute left put the finishing touch on Dennis-Yarmouth’s 45-33 victory over Scituate for the Division 5 South title Friday night, and his own 400-yard, five-touchdown perforformance.
The Dolphins (10-0) will face North champion Watertown in a Division 5 state semifinal next weekend. It will be the Dolphins’ first trip to the D5 final since 2013.
“I thought it was a full team effort,” said D-Y coach Paul Funk. “Bobby had the touchdowns, but I thought everyone contributed for the full 44 [minutes].”
After turning the ball over on downs to begin the game, the Dolphins scored touchdowns on four of their next five possessions before halftime.
The 5-foot-10-inch, 185-pound senior ran wild, his 14 rushes racking up 216 yards and three scores, including runs of 45 and 56 yards to give Dennis-Yarmouth a 27-12 lead at the break.
Scituate quarterback Aidan Sullivan was exceptional despite constant pressure from the Dolphins’ pass rush. He completed 23 of 38 passes for 335 yards and four touchdowns, all to senior Abel Lopes. He improved as the game went on, throwing for nearly 200 yards and two scores in the fourth quarter to keep the Sailors (8-2) in the game.
But, just as he’s done all season, Evans proved to be unstoppable with the ball in his hands.
The final Sullivan-to-Lopes touchdown cut the deficit to 6, 39-33, with 1:36 left in the game. After the Dolphins recovered the ensuing onside kick, Evans took a handoff up the middle for a touchdown to all but seal the victory.
“My line was incredible,” said Evans. “A lot of those plays I don’t think anyone even touched me. It couldn’t be done without the guys in front of me. They’re a great group.”
For Scituate, an impressive offensive performance was overshadowed by the inability to slow down the Dolphins’ rushing attack.
“That’s a great football team,” said Scituate coach Herb Devine.
“As we saw tonight, we’re a good team, too, but they never took the foot off the gas . . . [Evans] was incredible.”
As the Sailors made their way toward the bus following the trophy presentation, Devine sought out Evans in the sea of players and coaches to personally congratulate him on his performance.Henry Brechter can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.