Mashpee High School’s master plan all football season was to be peaking when the biggest games of the season hit the schedule on Friday, April 9, against Abington and then—hopefully—the South Shore League championship game.
Coach Matt Triveri and his staff wanted to have the Falcons ready when it was time to travel to Abington, and their game against Carver last Friday, April 2, at Falmouth High School it appears that things have gone according to that plan.
Mashpee dominated visiting Carver at its neighbor’s home field by a 34-0 score, riding a masterful defensive effort for four quarters to secure its third shutout in four games. MHS has now outscored its four opponents this season by a combined 131-6 as it readies for the toughest regular season game it has on its calendar.
“The guys took care of business. They played hard from the first snap,” Triveri said after his team’s shutout win. “They got after it, and we jumped on them early.”
Mashpee scored on its first offensive snap to take the lead for good as quarterback Ryan Hendricks made a big play to get things going. Hendricks kept the ball on a run to the right, allowed his line to open a lane and then cut it back across the grain for a 60-yard touchdown run. He then found Caesar Hendricks on a pass for the two-point conversion and MHS was in command just 19 seconds into the affair.
Less than four minutes later Mashpee increased the lead to 15-0. Set up by a big punt return by Caesar Hendricks, the Falcons had a short field to work with, starting at the Carver 38. It took just a handful of plays before Nick Santox bowled in from 11 yards away. Santos finished with 44 yards on just five carries.
After another defensive stop, Mashpee upped the lead to 21-0 before the end of the first quarter. Caesar Hendricks popped a run for 48 yards that took the ball from Mashpee’s 31 down to Carver’s 21. On the next play Ryan Hendricks faked a handoff and took it himself for a 21-yard scoring scamper, his second TD of the quarter. He finished the game with 101 yards on the ground on just four carries and completed five of seven passes for 93 yards, including a touchdown.
That TD pass came the next time Mashpee had the ball, late in the second quarter. Finishing off a methodical march that pretty much iced the game, Hendricks hit a gorgeous fade pass to Jordan Joia.
Cam Sweeney added a TD run in the second half to account for the final score.
Kaydean Eaton had a big game for Mashpee on defense with eight tackles, three of which went for losses. Danny Mitchell made five tackles, with two for losses. Jared Barr had four tackles and an interception and Shea Eaton had two sacks. Daniel Stewart had four tackles, with two for losses.
Now all of the focus goes toward handling the Green Wave, on the road tonight. Coach Triveri said the Falcons need a better overall effort, one that is more consistent for the entire game.
“You’re not going to beat those guys without a four-quarter effort,” he said. “They’re exceptional athletes on both sides of the ball, and you know that they’re going to be well coached. They have kids up front that are problematic.”