‘We’ll bounce back:’ Grafton Gators fall to Duxbury in Super Bowl

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‘We’ll bounce back:’ Grafton Gators fall to Duxbury in Super Bowl
Quarterback Casey Jordan throws the ball. (Photo/Laura Hayes)

FOXBOROUGH – The Grafton Gators fell to the Duxbury Dragons 42-7 in the MIAA Division Four Super Bowl game at Gillette Stadium on Friday night.

“We had a great season,” said Grafton Head Coach Chris McMahon. “It’s a learning experience. We still have a lot of guys coming back for next year.”

The Gators were undefeated entering the MIAA Division Four Super Bowl, defeating Falmouth (31-0), Marlborough (31-14) and finally Foxborough (21-12) to punch their ticket to the final.

Grafton was also seeded number two in the division. Duxbury, meanwhile, was seeded number one and beat Newburyport, Middleborough and Holliston before facing off against Grafton. 

Grafton entered the second half with 7-21 on the scoreboard. The Gators’ lone touchdown was made by senior Liam Donagher. 

McMahon called Duxbury “one of the best teams in the state” with both playmakers and depth in their team

“They played hard. They played well. Hats off to them,” he said.

McMahon continued, “But it’s a learning experience for our kids. We had a great season. We’ll bounce back. We’ll get back in the weight room next Tuesday, and we’ll start building for next year. But for our seniors – phenomenal season.”

Last year, the Gators made it to the semifinals before falling to Scituate. 

McMahon said the Gators were in this position in the finals because of the seniors’ effort, calling them “phenomenal.”

“We’re not going to reflect back on the season and say it was a failure,” McMahon said. “It was a success. We got here. We played a really good team. They made plays when they had to. They made plays throughout the game. It’s sometime how football goes. We’ll bounce back, and we’re going to start working next week.”

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