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On the first Friday night of his administration, the Presidents’ new head football coach, Bill Reardon, could not have imagined going down to the wire like he did against Cohasset High School at Veterans Memorial Stadium.

“Well, that was not how I wanted it to finish,” Reardon, who replaced Bob Noble this year after serving 13 seasons as an assistant at Quincy High School, said after losing, 28-27, in overtime.

“But I’m going to go tell the kids they certainly couldn’t ask for much more. They played their tails off.”

On the first play of the extra session – in which each team got a set of downs from the 10-yard line – junior running back Ed Jolicoeur rumbled into the end zone to give Quincy a 27-20 lead, before Cohasset junior running back Dana Valentine did the same thing.

But Cohasset head coach Peter Afanasiw went for the two-point conversion and the win. Junior receiver Brendan Doonan and sophomore quarterback Jeff Cavanaro converted.

“That was an unbelievable game,” Afanasiw said of a battle in which the Presidents came back from a 20-6 deficit. “I couldn’t have scripted it this way. Quincy deserves a lot of credit. They fought back and never gave up.”

Combining for 300 passing yards and four passing touchdowns in the first half, both Quincy and Cohasset switched to the ground game in the second act.

Quincy opened the second half with an 84-yard drive that saw seven running plays in the eight-play drive, including a 6-yard QB sneak by junior Lance Peterson for a touchdown.

Peterson then found senior wide receiver Anthony Raddatz in the corner of the end zone on the two-point conversion to tie the game at 20.

The Skippers also tried their hand at running on the next drive. But after marching down to the 12-yard line, Cavanaro fumbled the ball over to the Presidents on the 23-yard line. Both teams traded interceptions and punts on their next two possessions.

Raddatz also made an interception with 52 seconds left in the fourth quarter to assure overtime.

After Valentine put Cohasset on the board first with a 62-yard TD run on the third play of the game, Quincy responded with a methodic 12-play drive that ended with a 27-yard touchdown pass from Peterson to Raddatz.

Cohasset extended its lead to 14-6 after a 17-play, 51-yard drive, when Cavanaro hit junior wide receiver Dean Driscoll for an 8-yard TD. The Skippers later recovered a Quincy fumble, and converted the turnover in a 60-yard, Cavanaro-to-Doonan TD pass.

Quincy took a deep shot of its own on the next play, ended up with a 70-yard bomb from Peterson to Raddatz. Quincy missed the 2-point conversion and only cut the lead 20-12 to close first-half scoring.

Reardon brings Quincy to Canton for a 7 p.m. non-league showdown on Friday night.

Bulldogs slip away with victory 0-2

In driving rain at Canton High School Friday night, the Bulldogs slipped and slid their way to a 8-7 victory against Quincy High School. A safety proved to be the difference in a game that saw eight combined fumbles.

Midway through the third quarter, Quincy senior defensive lineman Derek Andrews recovered the fifth fumble of the game at the Canton 15-yard line. Two plays later, junior running back Ed Jolicoeur rumbled for a 15-yard TD before senior kicker Max Devoe added the extra point that gave the Presidents a 7-6 advantage.

After Canton (1-0) fumbled the ball away on its next drive, Quincy (0-2) attempted to punt from its own goal line when punter Bryan McGee’s fumbled the long snap in the end zone. As a pile of players dove for the ball, one referee signaled touchdown while another official overturned the call, saying McGee recovered the fumble himself. The safety gave Canton an 8-7 advantage.

With 5:13 left in the game, junior defensive back Jack Lamir clinched the win for Canton after intercepting senior quarterback Lance Peterson on the 24-yard line after a long pass on 3-and-12.

“We played with some heart there at the end,” Canton senior quarterback Matt Wing said.

Quincy coach Bill Reardon, who is in his first season at the helm after being an assistant for the Presidents for 13 seasons, led his team to a 28-27 overtime loss to Cohasset last week.

“Another one-point loss,” he said. We’re right there. Maybe next week is the week.”

In the game’s opening moments, each team traded a few offensive drives that ended in punts before Wing engineered a 12-play, 78-yard drive that included three pass receptions for 31 yards. Wing’s third and final pass on the drive resulted in a touchdown to junior tight end A.J. Nichols for an 11-yard score and a 6-0 lead with 3:01 left in the half. Up to that point, Peterson was the only one who dared attempt a pass and that resulted in three incompletions for Quincy.

“Rain doesn’t matter,” Wing said. “You play well and execute well no matter what. The line had really great blocking on those pass plays and everything was clicking at the beginning.”

The extra point failed, marking the beginning of wet and wild football. Quincy fumbled the ball away to Lamir at the 40 on its next drive before Canton turned the ball over on a fumble itself, only to regain possession a few plays later on, what else, another fumble.

Then Wing tried his hand at passing again, only to throw an incompletion and get sacked. After a pass interference call brought Canton down to the 16-yard line with 23 seconds left in the half, Wing’s final pass of the first stanza was an interception by senior defensive back Bryan McGee.

Presidents wins first for Reardon 1-2

After a pair of heartbreaking losses to open the season, the Quincy High School football team finally broke into the win column.

Using stout defense and capitalizing on turnovers, the Presidents took a 13-0 win over Plymouth South at Veterans Stadium Friday.

“I’m so happy for the kids,” said Quincy coach Bill Reardon. “After two 1-point losses, to finally get the win feels good.”

In the first half Plymouth South owned the field position game, starting its first five drives in Quincy territory. But each time the Presidents held firm.

Their perseverance paid off, getting the big turnover midway through the second quarter. From midfield lineman Tyler Radcliff and Derek Andrews broke into the backfield and hauled down the South quarterback and forced a fumble. Both lineman helped laid claim to the ball on the Panther 42.

“The defense was great tonight. They carried it through from last week into tonight,” Reardon said of the 8-7 loss at Canton.

The Panthers continued to shoot themselves in the foot, collecting a pair of penalties on their next two plays. Quincy had done nothing offensively until quarterback Lance Peterson tossed a beautiful fade route to Anthony Raddatz for a 20-yard touchdown. Max Devoe added the extra point for a 7-0 lead.

The Quincy defense stopped South at midfield on fourth and 1. On the ensuing possession the hosts went 47 yards on seven plays, converting twice on third down. After a 10-yard Quincy penalty that put the ball on the South 27, Peterson found Raddatz on the right side of the end zone with a jump ball that Raddatz snatched out of a South defender’s grasp. The conversion failed, leaving the score at 13-0 with six minutes to go.

The victory was the first for Reardon as a head coach, as he deftly avoided the brunt of the Gatorade bath as the clock hit zero.

“I can’t put it into words the feeling ... it’s a big breath of fresh air,” Reardon said.

Justin A. Rice The Patriot Ledger Posted Oct 12, 2008 @ 07:23 PM Last update Oct 12, 2008 @ 11:24 PM
Undefeated Duxbury awaits big tests in Hingham, Scituate 2-2

In the opening weekend of league play, Duxbury High School’s football team put the Keenan side of the Patriot League on notice Saturday night, beating Quincy 18-0 without bona fide Div. 1 running back prospect Shane DiBona, who didn’t feel well all week and left the game early.

Junior Bobby Murphy rushed for about 80 yards in DiBona’s place, including a couple of TDs that were called back on penalties. Junior T.J. Cote replaced DiBona at defensive end as the Green Dragons improved to 5-0.

“He was sick all week and got a little banged up early. He was out pretty quickly,” Duxbury coach Dave Maimaron said of DiBona, who has five TDs this season, including three against Xaverian in the opening win of the year. “We’re fortunate to have a lot of weapons, a lot of kids who can make plays.”

Still, Maimaron hopes DiBona is healthy when Duxbury hosts two-time defending league champion Hingham (2-3) at 7 p.m. Friday.

“We kind of look at (Hingham) as a huge hurdle in accomplishing our goal of winning the league,” Maimaron said. “If you want to control your own destiny, you’ve got to win each game so you’re not looking for help.”

The real test, however, will come the following week at Scituate, which improved to 5-0 by beating Hingham, 28-14, on Friday night. Maimaron, who attended that game because his team played on Saturday, said Scituate is the real deal.

“They’ve had some nice wins,” he said. “I’ve been able to watch them three times and wondered if they were for real. When they were able to beat Hingham I knew they are for real, because Hingham is a quality program.”

Maimaron knows the Scituate game will not mean anything if his Green Dragons lose to Hingham.

“You have to win each week and the kids know that,” he said of Patriot League Keenan play. “We’ve been fortunate because we have a lot of weapons who have been able to play their best football and get us wins.”