LYNN — St. Mary’s scored three first-quarter touchdowns and jumped out to a big lead early en rout to a 42-6 win over Brighton in Friday’s Division 7 North final at Manning Field.
St. Mary’s advances to the Division 7 state semifinal and will play Mashpee with a trip to the Super Bowl on the line.
Running back James Brumfield was the workhorse for the Spartains (10-0). Brumfield rushed for 193 first half yards and a pair of touchdowns to put the game away early. Brumfield finished with 236 yards and three touchdowns.
“Up front they had a lot of big guys . . . but after that first play I saw my offensive line, they were ready to play so I just trusted them the whole way,” Brumfield said.
“James has done this all year,” St. Mary’s coach Matt Durgin added. “The big thing you don’t see when [quarterback] Calvin [Johnson] is scoring is James is blocking hard. They know if they block they are going to get the ball.”
As a team St. Mary’s rushed for 373 yards, with 293 of them coming in the first half.
“I thought all of the kids ran the ball well. They ran hard and the guys up front executed,” Durgin said. “We have talent but we need to work together on every play to be successful.”
Brighton (6-4) scored a late touchdown to avoid being shut out. The score was the only points that St. Mary’s has allowed during the playoffs. The Spartans have outscored their opponents, 132-6.
“Brighton has a lot of speed and a lot of athletes so keeping them out of the end zone until the last two minutes was a very good job by our defense,” said Durgin. “We don’t have superstars on defense so collectively we have to play well together.”Brandan Blom can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.