EASTON. When the Southeast Region and West Bridgewater High football teams convened after a midfield game for the Thanksgiving Trophy ceremony, the two head coaches chose the MVP of the game from each team.
For the Southeast (3-8), it was the main bottom-field threat, junior wide receiver Joey Tully, who had three receptions for 78 yards.
For West Bridgewater (8-3), the selection was unanimous. No doubt it was the younger James Harris.
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The 6-foot, 170-pound quarterback dominated nine goaltenders for 181 yards and all five of the team’s touchdowns in the Wildcats’ 35-13 win as West Bridgewater maintains a four-year winning streak in the rivalry since it began in 2017 (in There was no game in 2020).
“I think that says he hit 20 touchdowns in a season,” head coach Justin Kogler said of Harris. “He’s a great athlete, he’s fast, he reads flowcharts, he runs a lot – he’s really the perfect quarterback for our offense. He does a good job.”
With West Bridgewater leading 14–13 on a 21-yard field goal from the Southeast’s Ryan Desmond with 6:12 left in the third quarter, Harris took his scoring to new heights.
On the next run, the younger faked a pass to Sean Carter, veered to the left and blasted through the contact to score a 6-yard touchdown at the 1:59 mark of third. It was only the first fall of a three-part avalanche that yielded 21 unanswered points, all scored by Harris, to seal the win.
“We’re lucky to have a defender like him who can convert this variation well,” said senior running back Will DeLuca. It’s like it can’t be stopped.”
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Harris hit a 35-yard touchdown with 30 seconds left in the third quarter, and when linebacker Carter hit a third down from the southeast, rolling for a loss on the Hawks’ next drive to herald a possible loss on downs, Harris returned. in the middle of the fourth quarter and, as an instant replay, repeated TD’s previous game for 35 yards, extending West Bridgewater’s lead to 35-13 with 5:37 to play.
“It all starts with lockdown,” Harris turned his attention to adults Brandon Lagrange, Cole Chadwick, Jesse Ames, Birdie Charles, and younger Aidan Burke. well, and they’re also a threat, so that weakens (defenses) and makes it pretty easy to go and score them.”
In their last games, DeLuca carried the ball 17 times for 137 yards and Carter carried it for 30 yards on six passes.
“(The takeaway game) was our powerhouse,” Harris added. “Our line may not be the biggest line, but they are definitely the hardest working people I have played with. They do their job well and that leads to success.”
Adding to Harris’s outburst, second-half interceptions by senior linebacker tandem Nathan Anderson and Nate Hancock secured West Bridgewater’s lead, ending their high school fashion career.
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“Honestly, I’m very happy,” said DeLuca, who also plays defensive linebacker. “I mean, it’s coming to an end and it hasn’t hit me yet, but it’s a great win. I know for the rest of my life, I’ll be happy that we won our last game against the South East.”
The Southeast picked up momentum in the second quarter, fighting back after the Wildcats took a 14-0 lead to open the game on TD runs of 49 yards and 11 yards off Harris. Senior quarterback Nick Levine hit a 3-yard touchdown at the 7:15 mark to put the Hawks on the scoreboard, then Ryan Desmond’s two field goals led the Southeast to one point, 14–13, with 6:12 to go into third.
Levin completed six of his 15 passes for 136 yards and two interceptions, while running back junior Tristan Ortega came into play for 58 yards with three catches that multiplied his 38 yards on 11 carries to ensure a good day. . Senior running back Thomas Hustins ran 11 times for 45 yards in the loss.
West Bridgewater, who now finish the season at 8-3, also won last year’s game by a 56-26 margin.
“Battle on (Route) 106th. I think it’s cool that we’re half the size of their school and we go out here and compete and win,” DeLuca said.
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The Wildcats said goodbye to 13 older players: Carter, DeLuca, Anderson, Hancock, Lagrange, Chadwick, Ames, Charles, wide receiver Jaden Cobbs, linesman Jack Campbell, linesman Justin Estano, linesman Junior Duarte and running back Tristan McQuaid.
This loss also marks the end of the road for 10 Hawks: Levin, Hustins, running back Bradley Pierre, wide receiver Jaden Curtis, guard Jaden Fortes, lineman Dillion Schilberg, lineman Antonio Wright, lineman Daniel Couture, and lineman Jerry Hale.
“I don’t think it will take another hour or two for them to realize that it’s really over. But they will have good memories of the last game,” Kogler said.
DeLuca, in particular, supported this.
“(Team means) more than I can put into words. I put my heart and soul into this from my freshman year until now. It was my life, so I put everything into it,” DeLuca said. – The coach has been amazing these four years. I was the first one to have it in four years and he really transformed this program into a program that can compete with teams in the Division. 6, sec. 5 and I’m honestly very excited to see where this program goes after that.”