FOXBOROUGH — Dennis-Yarmouth followed the lead of its offensive captains, Jacob McCarthy and Bobby Evans, through the first 12 games of the season.
In Game No. 13, the Division 5 Super Bowl, the Dolphins followed the same script.
The senior duo accounted for five touchdowns as D-Y cruised to a 37-7 victory over West Springfield on Saturday afternoon at Gillette Stadium, capping an unbeaten season. It’s the program’s first state title. In 2011, the Dolphins won the EMass. Division 2A Super Bowl in Lynn.
“Jacob McCarthy is a great guy,” said Evans. “He’s one of the best quarterbacks I’ve ever played with. If we can’t run, then we can pass. And if we can’t pass, we can run.”
Dennis-Yarmouth was held scoreless in the opening quarter, but the Dolphins finally got on the board early in the second to cap an 80-yard drive.
Rolling to his left, McCarthy gunned a pass down the sideline, connecting with Joe Tierney. The senior receiver kept his feet inbounds, eluded a tackle, and scampered down for a 46-yard touchdown.
“The touchdown was all Jacob,” said Dennis-Yarmouth coach Paul Funk. “We got pressure, he extended the play, and it was a great play by Joey Tierney.”
On the next play from scrimmage, West Springfield quarterback Tylor Rochefort aimed a pass down the middle of the field that was picked off by Evans.
The defensive back returned the interception 29 yards for the Dolphins’ second score in 13 seconds.
“I just started dropping back and read the quarterback’s eyes,” said Evans. “As I saw him shift over and look, I just made a play on the ball and took it.”
Dennis-Yarmouth limited West Springfield to 60 total yards in the first half and 165 for the game, 77 coming on a touchdown pass from receiver Cam Paier to Leeony Tessier late in the fourth quarter.
Terriers tailback Vaunell Hill was limited to 72 yards on 18 carries. The Dolphins’ athletic pass rush found success penetrating West Springfield’s powerful offensive line, limiting Hill to short gains.
“Get to him early,” said Funk. “And tackle, tackle, tackle. It’s a lost art, you’ve got to teach kids how to tackle and we did a great job.
“I thought we were really tough on the edge. We were very physical.”
Following a 29-yard kickoff return by Daryan Thompson to start the third quarter, Evans took a handoff 53 yards for a touchdown.
Evans exited the game briefly on the opening drive after a hard tackle, but returned the next series and amassed 131 rushing yards on the day.
The Dolphins added a fifth score when McCarthy (14-of-22 passing, 167 yards) found freshman Geoffrey Jamiel wide open on an 8-yard fade in the corner of the end zone.
“Everybody makes my job so much easier,” said McCarthy. “The line, Rob and Jonah [Arsenault] run the ball, and all my receivers are awesome. I love every single one of those boys.”
Dennis-Yarmouth 37, West Springfield 7
at Gillette Stadium, Foxborough
DY — Joe Tierney 46 pass from Jacob McCarthy (Sam Capobianco kick)
DY — Bobby Evans 29 interception return (Sam Capobianco kick)
DY — Bobby Evans 20 run (kick failed)
DY — Bobby Evans 53 run (Sam Capobianco kick)
DY — Geoffrey Jamiel 8 pass from Jacob McCarthy (Sam Capobianco run)
DY — Safety
WS — Leeony Tessier 77 pass from Cam Paier (Joshua Alstede kick)
RUSHING — DY, Bobby Evans 15-131, Payton Doyle 4-24, Jonah Arsenault 6-4; WS, Vaunell Hill 18-72, Cam Paier 1-4
PASSING — DY, Jacob McCarthy 14-22-167; WS, Cam Paier 1-2-77, Tyler Rochefort 4-12-33-1
RECEIVING — DY, Joe Tierney 2-67, Geoffrey Jamiel 5-52, Daryan Thompson 3-22; WS, Leeony Tessier 1-77, Cam Paier 2-39
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