For the first time this year the Mashpee High School football team was tested as Cohasset gave the Falcons all they had at Sandwich High School last Friday night, March 26.
The Falcons passed the test to improve to 3-0 on the season.
Caesar Hendricks ran for more than 100 yards and scored two touchdowns, including one that is probably the leadoff clip in his personal highlight tape going forward. Ryan Hendricks had the other score as Mashpee never trailed in a hard-fought win.
Mashpee head coach Matt Triveri was pleased that his team handled one of its biggest rivals, and said that the defense led the way.
“For the most part we tackled well. We did a lot of nice things defensively. We were in the right spots, we got beat by a couple of balls that we shouldn’t have...but we got lucky [that it didn’t hurt us worse],” Triveri said. “I thought that our defensive line did a really nice job. They didn’t really get pushed off the ball very much. Brett Hickey did a great job, and Dakohta Dias was a real problem for them.”
The Falcons’ defense was rock-solid all game long. The team gave up its first score against for the year when the Skippers turned a run that should have gone for just a few yards into a long touchdown scamper in the second quarter, but after that CHS had a hard time making positive yardage.
Dias had seven tackles to lead the way, with three going for losses. Danny Mitchell made five tackles, and Hickey had four.
As for the offense, the Falcons were up against a team that did a nice job of making them work for it. MHS took advantage of a short field in the first quarter to go up 8-0 when a bad snap on a punt forced the CHS kicker to move laterally to his right and touched his knee down to the turf while accepting the hiked ball. That set Mashpee up at the CHS 31, and just a few plays later Ryan Hendricks scored from the 1-yard line. The TD was set up by some great running by Nick Santos and Caesar Hendricks before Ryan Hendricks reached across the goal line for six points. He also ran in the conversion for an 8-0 lead.
Cohasset fired back to score its only TD of the game early in the second quarter with a run that broke for a 37-yard score. The conversion failed, and Mashpee still led 8-6.
Mashpee answered with a great drive to get the lead back to eight points. Caesar Hendricks started the march by breaking one for 26 yards and later scored from 12 yards out with a run up the middle.
In the third quarter he did it again, making it 20-6 with a fantastic run. The back started by breaking to the right, then reversed field and was able to get to the edge and followed some key blocking all the way for a 64-yard touchdown scamper.
“It wasn’t only Caesar (on that play). It was was Caesar, and Jordan Joia-Vazquez getting down the field to block. Hunter Bohnenberger sprinted 60 yards to block. Ryan Hendricks ran down to get a block. The fact that those guys put the effort in, that’s the most important thing—putting the effort in and not giving up on a play,” coach Triveri said.
Carver is next for the Falcons this weekend. Coach Triveri said that CHS is young but it plays hard and that it is going to try to stack the box and take away the Mashpee running back. Triveri said he felt that his team played too cautiously in terms of the game plan against Cohasset. He’d like to open things up and sees the upcoming game as a great opportunity to do that, and involve more players.
“I thought that we played too conservatively, and that’s on us as coaches,” he said. “We haven’t played that way all year, but we didn’t do what we needed to do. We have a lot of athletes that can play, and we have to let them get after it and let them play. As a staff, we have to a better job just making sure that we distribute the ball more, throw the ball more. It’s nice to have a line be able to [dominate], and they did a great job, but we also have to play with a little bit more pace, a little bit of urgency offensively.”