Mashpee High football team defeats Dennis-Yarmouth in season opener

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YARMOUTH — The Mashpee High football the team roster lists second Ben Squarcia in three different positions.

So it’s no surprise he had his fingerprints all over the Falcons’ 12-6 win over Dennis Yarmouth Friday.

Throughout the game, Squarcia lined up as a tailback, tight end, and linebacker for the Falcons. He finished with a pair of touchdowns in the win.

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As a team, the Falcons are a young group. After graduating the bulk of their starters, Mashpee sends a younger team on both sides of the ball and Squarcia is part of that group.

“We’re up against a ton of sophomores,” Mashpee coach Matt Triveri said. “I think we’re playing six or seven sophomores. We’re juniors, loaded sophomores, so they’re first-time guys.”

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The second provided the Falcons’ entire offense in the game. Squarcia’s first touchdown came late in the second quarter, when he broke on the outside to tie the game at 6-6.

There was a bit of fate that allowed Squarcia to get her keys. Squarcia found himself with an increased workload as his teammates suffered minor injuries.

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“When (senior running back Aiden) Cuozzo got a little bored, they started putting me in,” Squarcia said. “We kept going through me, (second running back) Logan (Willis) and Cuozzo, while getting good runs, so I think they kept going through us.”

He will have to wait a bit for his second score. Both defenses led the way in this game, with teams trading empty possessions throughout the third quarter.

His second score proved decisive. As the clock ran out in the fourth quarter, Squarcia burst on the outside again and forced his way into the end zone to give his side their first lead of the game just over the half. half of the fourth quarter.

Triveri admitted he didn’t expect the level of production from Squarcia, but liked what he saw.

“Ben is a tight end, so he has to play tight end for us,” added Triveri. “He played there (at TE), and I think he did a good job, but he’s a really good runner. Him, Logan, Aiden Cuozzo, all three backs played hard.”

Squarcia’s biggest plays of the game may have come after his second touchdown. The Dolphins quickly responded to the delay by notching a first down in two games. The Dolphins, led by second-year quarterback Jayden Barber, were looking to quickly parade down the field to potentially win the game.

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On the first down inside the Falcons 50, Squarcia backed into coverage and made leaps and bounds with the Dolphins catcher and broke what would have been a game-tying first down.

Later in that same ride, he got a crucial tip that set up the game-sealing interception.

The Falcons needed contributions from their young guys and many stepped up.

In addition to Squarcia, second-year quarterback Dominic Matteodo (105 passing yards, 40 rushing yards) offered clutch throws and led the offense effectively. Classmate Vincent Pinnetti helped knock down DY sophomore receiver Peyton Kellett, in the open field of the first half, setting the stage for an interception a few plays later.

“We could have given up on this game…it’s huge.” said Triveri. “Just the fact that we played hard, (and) didn’t put our heads down, that’s a good sign”

The Falcons improve their record to 1-0 this season and will face Nantucket on Saturday, September 17. The Dolphins start the year 0-1 and will face Boston English on Friday.

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