Mashpee Falcons Blow Out Hull
By: Rich Maclone
The record certainly didn’t stand for long.
Two weeks ago Kyle Murray set the Mashpee High School single game rushing record when he went for 237 yards in a blowout win over Carver High School. Last Friday night the record books had to be altered as junior Jordan Keli’inui topped his teammate in another rout in favor of the Falcons.
Keli’inui, in just his second game back from a leg injury that cost him half the season, broke loose for 244 yards and a couple of touchdowns in a 35-10 win by the Falcons over Hull High. The big game by the Mashpee star running back was bolstered by a pair of long touchdown runs as he went for scoring jaunts of 79 and 80 yards in the second and third quarters respectively. “Jordan’s always a breakout threat and got loose on those runs,” Coach Matt Triveri said.
The win by the Falcons improved the team’s 2010 record to 7-2 overall and 4-2 in the South Shore League.
While the end result was stellar for Mashpee, the game didn’t start out like it would end up. Mashpee’s first possession ended when quarterback Zak Orcutt was sacked from behind and fumbled the ball over to the Pirates, who recovered deep in MHS territory. The defense held strong, with a little help from Hull. The Pirates had the ball at the Mashpee one-yard line, on third down, but a false start penalty pushed them back to the six and the Falcons’ defense held the fort from there. Hull would have to settle for a 30-yard field goal by Mark Mainini, giving them a 3-0 cushion from the get-go.
By the time Hull scored again the game was all but over. The Falcons responded by getting on the board, and taking the lead, on a 29-yard touchdown throw from Orcutt to Kyle Dupont. The extra point failed, but that was just an afterthought as the Falcons continued to pour it on. Keli’inui’s first long scamper of 79 yards made it a two-score game and then Orcutt hooked up with Dupont on the two-point conversion to make it a 14-3 game. Later in the second quarter, Zack Martin rumbled in from nine yards out, and with another conversion pass, this time from Orcutt to Zach Macrae, the Falcons enjoyed a 22-3 lead at the break.
In the second half things continued to go Mashpee’s way. Martin recovered a fumble and took it all the way back early in the third. Nick Hannon’s PAT gave the Falcons a 26-point lead. Keli’inui then picked up his second marathon TD to put the game well out of reach. Hull added the only points of the fourth quarter, a touchdown catch by Connor Murphy.
While it was a day for the record books on offense, the Mashpee defense certainly more than held its own in the game. Hannon was in on seven tackles in the game and had two sacks. Macrae had six tackles, two sacks, and an interception.
But, as is always the case in the South Shore League, there isn’t much time to savor the victory. This week’s opponent, East Bridgewater, is easily one of the best teams that the Falcons have faced this year. The Vikings enter the game with an 8-1 record on the season and have just one loss in the SSL. They are a game behind league-leading Rockland, which also happens to be their Thanksgiving Day opponent. A victory tonight on their home field against the Falcons, and on turkey day in Rockland would earn them a share of the league title.
Coach Triveri said that he has the utmost respect for this evening’s opponents. East Bridgewater is capable of putting points on the board in bunches, and can win the tough ones, as they showed with a thrilling 22-12 win over Abington last week. They are led by Mr. Do Everything, Casey D’Andrade, the team’s top offensive and defensive threat. D’Andrade is one of the top runners in the league and has amassed 15 touchdowns this season. Five of those TDs have come on defense, where he is a ball-hawking safety for the Vikes.
EB also has a standout quarterback in Tim O’Brien. A threat on both the ground and through the air, O’Brien is a solid performer who makes things happen for EBHS.
“We have to limit what they do. I don’t think we can with a shootout with them. We have to call the perfect game and execute it,” Triveri said.
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