Mashpee Football Hammers Out Victory Over Carver
By: Rich Maclone, October 4, 2013
They won the game, but lost one of their biggest weapons in the process last Friday night.
Against visiting Carver, the Mashpee High School football team gutted out a grueling 14-8 victory over the visiting Crusaders, holding off every Carver challenge in the second half. The victory moved Mashpee to 2-1 overall, and leaves it very much in the hunt for a Division 6 playoff spot. That’s the good news.
The bad news...is pretty bad. Sophomore running back DeShaun Dias, arguably the best overall athlete on the team, suffered a season-ending injury that not only will cost him the rest of the football season, but could also have ramifications for the MHS basketball team in the winter. Dias broke his right fibula on a play late in the second quarter against Carver as he was knocked out of the game after trying to extend a long run.
“You don’t replace guys like that,” Coach Matt Triveri said. “He’s a very good football player, and it’s going to be tough.”
MHS still has one outstanding running back, in junior Robert Andrade. He ran for 101 yards and a touchdown, on 16 carries, against the Crusaders last week.
Andrade is quite capable of carrying the load for Mashpee, but the loss of Dias takes away the team’s running versatility and back-to-back attack, with the duo trading responsibilities.
“We only had those two on the field together for three quarters this year. When they were together we outscored the other teams 28-0, so it shows what they’re capable of,” Triveri said.
Andrade’s 11-yard run in the first quarter, and a conversion pass from Nick Carpenter to his older brother Chris, put the Falcons out front by an 8-0 score. Mashpee then added a four-yard scoring pass from Carpenter to Carpenter in the second quarter that opened up a 14-0 lead in the home team’s favor. Carver scored late in the half, on a two-yard dive by Chris McGrath, but did not score again.
In the second half the two teams spent most of the time exchanging punts. Mashpee opened the second half with a nice drive that got as far as the Crusaders’ 20, but a pair of false start penalties hamstrung that opportunity.
Dominic Cassel got the ball back for Mashpee shortly after that offensive drive stalled, picking off a pass by Ryan Feely at his team’s 32. Unfortunately the Falcons returned the turnover back to Carver with one of their own on the first play of the fourth quarter.
Mashpee’s defense dominated in the second half, though, allowing the Falcons to hold on. Carver accumulated just 27 yards in the second half against the Falcons and earned just two first downs. CHS’ last chance of the night came after a punt by Andrade rolled dead at the Crusaders’ six, with 4:50 to play. Buoyed by a big stick by Andrew Vinitsky on second down, that dropped the visitors for a loss of three yards, Mashpee forced a quick three-and-out and a return punt.
Mashpee started the game’s last drive with 2:48 to play and survived a slew of timeouts to run out the clock. Andrade had a huge run for four yards on fourth-and-3 from the CHS 35 to keep the ball in his team’s hands. Then, on a key third-and-10 play with 1:15 to play, Nick Carpenter delivered a perfect pass down the seam to a wide-open Jake Martini that went for 27, putting the ball at the Crusaders’ three. The freshman QB took a knee on the next play to run off the remaining time and put his team in the winner’s circle.
The Falcons head to Hull High tonight to take on a speedy group of Pirates that have been involved in some high-scoring affairs already. Hull, which is playing at home for the first time this season, opened with a convincing 38-22 win over South Shore Tech in their opener. They then lost back-to-back games at Dover-Sherborn, 33-20, and at Cohasset, 42-12.
Coach Triveri said that he knows that the ball will be in the air plenty tonight as the prolific combination of Joe Dubovy and Alex Murphey look to light up the night. Murphey has already hauled in five TD passes from Dubovy this year, including one for 91 yards and another for 81. “They run well everywhere, and they’re hyper-aggressive,” the coach said.
Mashpee is without wide out Jimmy Murphy, who hurt his knee. Alex Monterrey is also going to miss the game, along with Dias.
“We’re starting to run short on players,” Triveri said.