You’ve heard the expression about picking your poison? Well, that’s what the Falmouth High School football team will be facing against a dynamic Dennis-Yarmouth High School club in South Yarmouth todayon Friday, October 11.
D-Y has been outstanding all year long, with the exception of two quarters of play on Opening Night. Marshfield rallied from a 35-0 deficit in the first game of the year to shock the Dolphins in South Yarmouth, 43-42. Since then, though, the green and white have responded by dominating. They stomped Sandwich in their next game, 42-0, and then pounded Plymouth North, 33-12, and lambasted Lawrence last week, 28-0.
The 3-1 Dolphins are strong on both sides of the ball, but it is their offense that catches the most attention. Led by junior wideout Geoffrey Jamiel and quarterback Mark Pawlina, the D-Y offense can strike on just about any play.
Head Coach Joe Jamiel, who was the offensive coordinator at D-Y for the better part of the past two decades, has his team’s spread offense running efficiently. The Dolphins have run the ball very well, with Pawlina and Jaquan Phillips doing a lot of the heavy lifting in that department. With Michael Gurney and Seth O’Hearn both capable receiving threats, and an offensive line that wins most of the battles at the snap, the Dolphins are operating at a very high level.
“They are really good, and have a ton of weapons,” FHS Head Coach Derek Almeida said. “It was nice to get a jump start on them because they do so many things well, and are difficult to prepare for. The scary thing is how balanced they are, both in their play calling and who they are getting the ball to.”
The jump start Almeida was referring to was the Clippers having a bye week last week following a 52-7 road loss at their personal house of horrors, Marshfield High School. FHS has been prepping for D-Y ever since and trying to get healthy. The team has several game day decisions that will be made regarding injured players, including Cam Rowell, Michael Rose, Even Isenhour and Dre Cain Williams.
The concerning part of that injury list for FHS is that all four of those players are potential ball carriers. For FHS (2-2) to slow down the Dolphins they’ll have to slow down the game and eat the clock through their triple option running game. The Clippers do not have the same type of quick strike potential that the Dolphins have, so making the game a grinder would play to their benefit. The forecast expecting ran, on a field that has seen more than its share of water this week already, also could come into play.
Falmouth’s defense will certainly be put to the test.
“If you try to take one weapon away you are leaving yourself susceptible to others. We played on our heals last game, and we need to get back to a physical, attacking style of football,” Almeida said.
Almeida’s Clippers would greatly benefit from scoring an upset this week. According to the Boston Herald’s most recent playoff predictions, the Clippers are currently ranked ninth in Division 5 south. Eight teams are taken into the postseason tournament. D-Y enters play this week at number three in the D5 south field. Holliston (4-0) tops the list, with Canton (4-0) at number two.