MILTON – In the four years that Weymouth High had been playing boys rugby, the Wildcats had not beaten Hanover.
That changed Saturday, when Weymouth defeated the Hawks, 48-28 in the MIAA Div. 2 state final at Curry College.
“There’s no better time to do it,” said Weymouth coach Ryan Casey. “I’m surprised I’m not crying now. I graduated from Weymouth. These are great kids. They worked hard.”
Said junior flanker Michael Mastrocola: “It feels amazing. Most of this team is first-year players and it’s just been a great season.”
Mastrocola scored three tries for the Wildcats, including the last one as time expired.
This was also the first state title for Weymouth High in any sport in 20 years.
Weymouth, the top seed, finished its season at 7-1. Its only loss was against Hanover during the regular season.
“We had to clean it up,” Casey said. “They manhandled us. We had to get tougher.”
Said senior scrum half, Jaheem Ridore: “We played badly. We had a better game plan this time.”
Ridore scored two tries for the Wildcats. HIs first one, when he broke through the middle of the field and carried the ball 10 yards with 3:20 left in the first half, put Weymouth in the lead for good. William Savage’s second of four successful conversion kicks made it 14-12 at the half.
Ridore scored his second try on a 25-yard run two minutes into the second half.
Mastrocola scored his first try nine minutes later after Justin Fleming recovered a loose ball and the turf and passed it to him for a close-range try through heavy traffic.
Hanover, the third seed, finished the season at 7-3. The Hawks took a 14-12 lead with 15 minutes left in the first half when Nicholas Freel scored on a 5-yard run after the Hawks gained possession in a ruck and scrum half Nate Salvucci passed to him. Robbie Barrett’s conversion gave Hanover the lead.
Barrett scored the Hawks’ next try, barging over the line with 20 minutes left in the second half on a penalty play. His kick cut Weymouth’s lead to 31-21.
After Benjamin Lines scored a try and Barrett added another kick, Hanover cut Weymouth’s lead to 38-28 with 6:16 remaining. The Wildcats scored two more times, however, on tries from Dominic Howsberger and Mastrocola to secure the victory.
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