FOXBOROUGH — When the MIAA realignment goes into effect in 2021, Springfield Central will have a chance to prove itself in Division 1. For now, the Golden Eagles are content to capitalize on the opportunity in front of them. They know who they play is out of their control, and their mindset never wavers regardless of the opponent.
Springfield Central, which has more than 2,000 students, didn’t leave any doubt against Duxbury, which has under 1,000, in the Division 3 Super Bowl at Gillette Stadium on Saturday night. The Golden Eagles earned a 38-13 win, repeating as state champs and ending the season on a nine-game winning streak.
“These kids are unbelievable,” Springfield Central coach Valdamar Brower said. “I think they showed that time and time again.”
Freshman quarterback William Watson finished 6 for 19 with 187 yards, four touchdown passes, and a fourth-quarter rushing score as well. Senior quarterback Will Prouty led the way for the Dragons, completing 14 of his 28 passes for 148 yards and two touchdowns, but threw three interceptions.
After a scoreless first quarter, but the Golden Eagles (10-2) dominated the second to take an 18-7 halftime lead. Senior Andre Ellison scored twice, and the Golden Eagles cruised from there.
“Duxbury, they have a great program, great defense, but we were prepared for everything they had,” Watson said. “I was able to read the defense and give it to my playmakers.”
The Dragons (9-4) knew the odds were against them, but they embraced the role of underdogs. They kept it tight early, with senior Drake Hadley scoring a 29-yard touchdown with seven seconds left in the first half, but the opposition was ultimately too explosive, too physical, and too deep.
Springfield Central only had 10 first downs to Duxbury’s 12, and was just 1 of 7 on third down. It was the Golden Eagles’ big-play ability that made the difference, as four of their touchdowns came from 40-plus yards out.
“They’re an all-star team,” said Prouty, who connected with sophomore Brady Madigan on a 14-yard touchdown as the game ended. “They’re filled with amazing players. We knew it would be a challenge. We came out and tried our best, but they came out on top.”
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Duxbury sophomore lineman Tindell Frick dislocated his left ankle in the fourth quarter of the Dragons’ 38-13 loss. A medical professional put it back in place on the field. His teammates rallied around him, and Frick was whisked off in a stretcher before heading to the hospital.
“Hopefully he will have a speedy recovery for his equestrian season,” Duxbury coach Dave Maimaron said.
Springfield Central 38, Duxbury 13
at Gillette Stadium, Foxborough
Springfield Central (10-2) 0 18 14 6 — 38
Duxbury (9-4) 0 7 0 6 — 13
SC — Kevin Key 56 pass from Will Watson (rush failed)
SC — Andre Ellison 43 pass from Will Watson (rush failed)
SC — Andre Ellison 58 pass from Will Watson (rush failed)
D — Drake Hadley 29 pass from Will Prouty (Brett Souza kick)
SC — Joseph Griffin 28 pass from Will Watson (rush failed)
SC — Marcus Crawford 55 run (Joseph Griffin pass from Will Watson)
SC — Will Watson 7 run (pass failed)
D — Brady Madigan 14 pass from Will Prouty (no conversion)
RUSHING — D, Will Prouty 12-51, Tim Landolfi 6-21, Brady Madigan 1-(-1); SC, Marcus Crawford 13-101, Will Watson 8-19, Isaac Boston 1-2
PASSING — D, Will Prouty 14-28-3-148, Drake Hadley 1-1-2; SC, Will Watson 6-19-187
RECEIVING — D, Drake Hadley, 4-45, James Anderson 3-45, Brady Madigan 3-36, Tim Landolfi 4-22, Will Prouty 1-2; SC, Andre Ellison 3-102, Kevin Key 1-56, Joseph Griffin 1-29, Justin Gabriel 1-0
Lenny Rowe contributed to this report. Trevor Hass can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.