FOXBOROUGH — Hoosac Valley’s high-octane attack has been impressive. Averaging 47.7 points per game, the Hurricanes lit up the scoreboard with 76 points in the Division 8 state semifinals.
Millis, however, had the speed on the perimeter, along with the experience, to bottle up Hoosac Valley in Saturday’s Division 8 Super Bowl, shutting out the Hurricanes, 37-0, at Gillette Stadium to repeat as state champion.
“We were a little fired up to play their offense, but the shutout defense played well all season long,” Millis coach Dana Olson said.
“Who we play gets us ready for this . . . I mean, we just went through a gauntlet. [Issac] Nascimento [from Wareham], [Khalil] Blair from [Cathedral] — so we’ve seen speed. I just thought that if we didn’t let them dictate and get off the ball and if we attacked, we’re going to be in good shape.”
Millis (12-1) never allowed Hoosac Valley (11-1) and dynamic quarterback Vance Eugene to get into a rhythm. Instead, it was the Mohawk offense that put up big numbers.
Behind running back Kurt Hopkins (25 carries, 185 yards), Millis established a strong ground game before quarterback Bryce Latosek took over. Latosek (8 of 12, 164 yards, 3 touchdowns) connected with Raymond Hilaire for a 37-yard score on the Mohawks’ first drive.
“You pick your poison. They came out in a three-man front and we’re like, ‘Hey, we’re going to run the rock right now’ because they were worried about perimeter stuff,” Olson said.
“The minute we established the run in the box, they took one of the safeties, rolled him down, and now we’ve got one-on-one. Now we roll.”
A 6-yard touchdown rush by Dominic Zonfrelli and a 25-yard field goal by Christopher Edwards set Millis up with a 17-0 lead with less than a minute left in the first half, but the Mohawks weren’t about to let up.
Latosek connected with PJ Adams on a 19-yard pickup. On the next play, he found Andrew Brooks open down the seam for a 50-yard touchdown to cap the two-play drive.
“Going into the second half with a touchdown in the last seconds, that’s what you have to ask for,” Latosek said. “I asked Coach if we were going to go for it or just eat the clock, and luckily he said we’re going for it.”
Millis scored again on its first drive of the second half when Latosek scrambled up the middle for a 10-yard touchdown.
On the ensuing kickoff, linebacker Ryan Daniel recovered a fumble to set the Mohawks up with a short field. Millis took advantage as Latosek found Brooks for a 14-yard touchdown and 37-0 lead.
“I went out the way I would’ve wanted to go out,” said Daniel, a senior captain. “We’ve created a bond, a brotherhood. We’ve been together for the past two years with the same guys. We’ve just stuck to the game plan and done our thing.”
Millis 37, Hoosac Valley 0
at Gillette Stadium, Foxborough
MIL — Raymond Hilaire 37 pass from Bryce Latosek (Andrew Brooks kick)
MIL — Dominic Zonfrelli 6 run (Andrew Brooks kick)
MIL — Christopher Edwards 25 field goal
MIL — Andrew Brooks 50 pass from Bryce Latosek (Andrew Brooks kick)
MIL — Bryce Latosek 10 run (Andrew Brooks kick)
MIL — Andrew Brooks 14 pass from Bryce Latosek (kick failed)
RUSHING — MIL, Kurt Hopkins 25-185, Dominic Zonfrelli 3-32, Kyle Farrington 1-8, Bryce Latosek 4-0; HV, Vance Eugene 13-96, Matt Hall 6-20, David Crittelli 3-4.
PASSING — MIL, Bryce Latosek 8-12-164-0; HV, Vance Eugene 5-11-60-1.
RECEIVING — MIL, Andrew Brooks 2-64, Raymond Hilaire 3-56, PJ Adams 3-44; HV, Nick Waterman 2-38, Izaha Stubbs 1-13, Matt Hall 1-6, David Crittelli 1-3.
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