DUXBURY — Losing to Marshfield on Thanksgiving Day was an all-too-familiar feeling the Duxbury players wanted desperately to expunge.
The Dragons, who won five straight against the Rams from 2008-12, dropped every game in the showdown from 2013-17. They knew this was a prime opportunity to reverse the trend, and they did just that in a decisive 42-22 triumph at Duxbury High.
Though the Dragons (11-1) were disappointed to fall short of claiming another Super Bowl title, they regrouped and turned in one of their best performances of the season against Marshfield (4-7).
Marshfield still holds a 17-15-2 series lead in one of the state’s most even rivalries, but for now, the momentum is with Duxbury’s side.
“If they won this year, they’d have the longest streak ever, so it was big for us to not let that happen,” Duxbury senior Colin Ball said. “This team is just amazing. All the players rallied this week. Coming off a tough loss, we kept working, and it paid off.”
After missing the bulk of the season with a broken collarbone, Ball registered a key interception late in the first quarter. On the next play, quarterback John Roberts hit Will Prouty for a 50-yard strike to help the Dragons extend their lead to 14-0 after one.
Junior Tim Landolfi, who finished with 19 carries for 136 yards and two touchdowns, scored midway through the second quarter to guide Duxbury to a commanding 21-0 halftime edge.
Landolfi added a score in the third quarter, Roberts delivered his second rushing touchdown, and senior Ian MacLeod found the end zone as well. Preston Van Fleet, Cade Chabra, and Ethan Cupples all scored for Marshfield in the second half, but by that point, the Dragons had done more than enough.
The win was a fitting way to send off a senior class that captured a Super Bowl title in 2016 and helped extend the team’s streak of league titles to 10 this year.
“It’s a brotherhood,” MacLeod said. “You build relationships when you’re on this football team. You have connections. There’s no cliques. There’s no little friend groups. You are one brotherhood, and it’s just amazing to be a part of. I couldn’t ask for anything more.”
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