FOXBOROUGH — Nashoba Regional quarterback Sam Bolinsky walked into the huddle smiling, then told running back Troy Barksdale the play.
“He was like ‘You ready?’ He said ‘48 halfback pass’ and I was like, I’ve been waiting on this all season,” Barksdale said.
And Nashoba has been waiting on the final result of this game all season.
Barksdale’s pass found Will Danby in the end zone for a 36-yard touchdown with 3:02 left in the third quarter. It highlighted the dominance and versatility of Nashoba’s offense as the Chieftains defeated Dighton-Rehoboth, 31-0, Friday night at Gillette Stadium to win the Division 4 Super Bowl and a second state championship in four seasons, avenging last season’s loss in the final to Melrose.
Nashoba (12-1) put up 426 yards of total offense against a Dighton-Rehoboth squad (9-3) that had allowed 10.6 points per game entering Friday’s matchup.
“This just means we have one of the best offenses in the state,” said Barksdale, who caught two passes for 54 yards, had an interception, and broke up a Dighton-Rehoboth pass in the end zone. “We worked so hard . . . We can put up 31 on anyone.”
After a scoreless first quarter, a 60-yard pass from Bolinsky (10 of 18 passing, 250 yards, TD) to Brendan Lee set up a 15-yard touchdown run by Alex Childs to put Nashoba up, 7-0, with 4:40 left in the second quarter.
Nashoba’s modus operandi was the deep pass. Bolinsky averaged 25 yards per completion. On Nashoba’s next drive, Bolinsky and Barksdale connected on a 40-yard pass to set up a 16-yard touchdown from Bolinsky to Danby. Nashoba lead, 14-0, at halftime.
“We didn’t plan for that in the beginning but we figured out where their corners were playing,” Bolinsky said. “They were shading heavy inside and when we figured that out the next time we said, ‘We should throw it deeper because I don’t think they can catch up to our receivers.’ ”
A 19-yard field goal by Childs with 5:45 left in the third preceded Barksdale’s touchdown pass.
“We’ve been working on some trick stuff all year and they always want to run it,” Nashoba coach Jamie Tucker said.
Dighton-Rehoboth was just 4 of 13 on third down.
“We just couldn’t come up with a big play on third down. That was the biggest struggle of the night,” said Dighton-Rehoboth coach Dave Moura.
Childs scored an 8-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter.
PIVOTAL PLAY — With 4:45 left in the second quarter of a scoreless game, Nashoba quarterback Sam Bolinsky threw a screen pass to Brendan Lee. He picked up a crucial block as he moved down the far sideline, springing for a 60-yard gain. Alex Childs scored on a 15-yard rushing touchdown to set the offense in motion.
Nashoba 31, Dighton-Rehoboth 0
at Gillette Stadium, Foxborough
N — Alex Childs 15 run (Alex Childs kick)
N — Will Danby 17 pass from Sam Bolinsky (Alex Childs kick)
N — Alex Childs 19 field goal
N — Will Danby 36 pass from Troy Barksdale (Alex Childs kick)
N — Alex Childs 8 run (Alex Childs kick)
RUSHING — DR, Chase Carroll 9-32, Reis Foley 4-11, Harrison Pray 3-2, Joe Carrera 2-0; N, Alex Childs 15-74, Brendan Lee 8-27, Danny McNulty 5-20, Sam Bolinsky 5-11, Will Danby 2-6, Troy Barksdale 1-2
PASSING — DR, Harrison Pray 10-27-2-114; N, Sam Bolinsky 10-18-0-250, Troy Barksdale 1-1--36
RECEIVING — DR, Owen Arden 6-41, Matt Moura 2-40, Brian Ripley 2-33; N, John Foney 3-77, Will Danby 3-62, Brendan Lee 1-61, Troy Barksdale 2-54, Danny McNulty 2-32Brandon Chase can be reached at email@example.com.