A day after watching Duxbury take apart Bridgewater-Raynham to the tune of 40-14, we thought we'd reflect back on a few of the things we've learned from the Dragons' win.
Here are a few things that stuck out:
— Duxbury's offensive line can take over a game. That's exactly what happened in the second half, and we can see that happening a lot this year. It's a big, strong, mobile unit that overwhelmed B-R in the final 22 minutes. While the Dragons worked the perimeter and threw the ball for most of the first half, they were content to push the ball up the gut for most of the second, and the Trojans had no answer.
— John Roberts has taken the next step at quarterback for the Dragons, and their opponents have now been put on notice. Roberts sent a message early on with his 61-yard gallop through the center of the B-R defense, and he did not miss a beat the rest of the way. Whether it was through the air or running past defenders, Roberts proved he is in total command of coach Dave Maimaron's offense.
— Will Prouty is one of the best wide receivers in the state. Only a junior, Prouty, at 6-foot-1, 155 pounds, has the size and speed to hurt defenses both on jet sweeps and catching passes from Roberts. Prouty was also a weapon on returns. This is a player that Maimaron will feature all season, and defenses will have a hard time keeping up with him.
— B-R is young, but has reasons for optimism. This is one of the youngest Trojans squads we've ever seen. Of the 50 players on the roster, we saw just 12 listed seniors. The Trojans had an excellent freshman team last year, and its quarterback Anthony Morrison, had a strong first half before Duxbury's defense took over. Junior running back William Lombard runs hard, too, so look for this team to grow and learn from this loss.