BRIDGEWATER — It only took one play.
In Thursday night's season opener between Duxbury and Bridgewater-Raynham, the host Trojans pulled ahead late in the first half to gain some momentum over a bigger and more experienced opponent.
It did not take long for Duxbury to respond, though.
On the next play from scrimmage, senior quarterback John Roberts found Leo Allgaier running free along the left seam for a long touchdown, and the Dragons did not look back in a 40-14 rout.
It was part of a spectacular performance from Roberts, who rushed for 94 yards and three touchdowns and completed 8-of-12 passes for 187 yards and three scores.
And when Roberts hit Allgaier for that 55-yarder, it sapped the last bit of momentum B-R had, as the Dragons' huge offensive line, led by 6-foot-6, 310-pound Princeton commit Quinn Murphy, asserted its will in the second half. Duxbury running back Tim Landolfi, who had three carries for 19 yards at halftime, finished with 105 yards on 13 attempts.
"I think the o-line did a great job getting push, giving me time," Roberts said. "They really gave me a lot of time to throw and run, and just kind of went off of that."
The game did have some early drama. Duxbury opened the scoring when Roberts faked a jet sweep and kept it for a 61-yard touchdown on his team's second play from scrimmage.
B-R answered when sophomore quarterback Anthony Morrison (101 yards and two touchdowns passing) hit Shane Fries for a 41-yard score off play-action to tie it at 7.
As was the case all night, Roberts had a connection with junior wide receiver Will Prouty, as he found him twice for 63 yards on the next drive, the second a 33-yard score over the middle. Prouty finished with five receptions for 124 yards and two touchdowns.
"John's a senior. He played an entire season last year, and he played like it," Duxbury coach Dave Maimaron said. "He learned so much last year. And Will Prouty's just a gifted athlete. He's a special kid. Our o-line was great tonight. They did an unbelievable job protecting John, and run blocking was outstanding."
But after the missed PAT, B-R struck again with Morrison, as he lofted a perfect ball to the back right corner of the end zone to tight end Jeff Ciccio, who made an over-the-shoulder catch to help put the Trojans up, 14-13, with 2:56 to play.
That's when Roberts hit Allgaier with the big touchdown pass that put the Dragons in the lead for good.
"That was huge, because last year I think we were tied at half, and B-R in the second half just ran the ball and ran out the clock and scored a touchdown," said Roberts of last year's game, which the Trojans won, 20-10. "So going up by a touchdown going into the half was huge for momentum."
That's when Duxbury leaned on Murphy and his fellow linemates, junior Will Phinney (6-2, 225), junior Josh Peters (6-2, 210), senior Jake Smith (6-0, 205), and junior Christian Fahey (6-0, 188).
After Prouty returned the kickoff 39 yards into B-R territory, Landolfi caught a pass for 13 yards, ran twice more for 17, and then Roberts burst up the middle for 12 into the end zone to help make it 26-14.
The younger, smaller Trojans simply ran out of gas, and the Dragons took over. Landolfi carried three times for 28 yards to set up another Roberts-to-Prouty scoring toss, this time from 40 yards out, and that was more than the Dragons needed.
Roberts provided the exclamation point with a scrambling, 8-yard touchdown run early in the fourth, and the Dragons left the field with a resounding victory over one of the most consistent programs in the state.
"I think we kind of stuck to the pass game in the first half, so B-R didn't really know what was going to come in the second half," Roberts said. "We just ran it up the gut a bunch and opened stuff up and threw it deep."
Among the bright spots for B-R was junior running back William Lombard, who rushed for 79 yards on 16 carries.