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Durfee Football Fumbles for a Win

Hunter M. Reis '13
Opinion Editor
September 29, 2011

The Welcome Back Bash on Friday, September 16, ended on a negative note with a loss for the  Durfee High School football team. The Hilltoppers suffered their second defeat of the season with a score of 34-6 to the energetic Bridgewater-Raynham Trojans.

The game began with a positive start for the Hilltoppers, starting the first play by recovering a fumble from the opposing team, and for the next 22 minutes of the game, Durfee succeeded in holding back the Trojans from scoring.

With seven minutes left in the first half, junior Raheem Barzey's 12-yard run assisted Durfee in making the first touchdown of the game. From the two, junior quarterback Quentin Souza scored on a quarterback sneak making the score 6-0.

It took the B-R Trojans eleven plays to manage a 60 yard drive for a touchdown. With a successful kick, the score was no longer in Durfee's favor.
With a score of 7-6, the Hilltoppers entered the second half and seemed to be a different team.

"We started off strong in the first half," junior Emmanuel Fernandes said, "we are not used to staying strong for all four quarters of the game. We fell apart in the second half."

The less successful half began with a misplayed kickoff that was recovered by B-R on the Durfee 22 yard line.  In the second half alone, the B-R Trojans managed to snake by Durfee and score 27 points, locking in the win.

The Durfee football team starts a play.
--Hilltop file photo

The Durfee team, as many people know, are under the instruction of a new coach.

"We're not used to consistency because we have had new coaches every single year," Fernandes says, "it is going to take some time, but coach Jones recognizes the problems that we have and he is working everyday to make us a better team."

Coach LaJhon Jones will improve his new team, and hopefully for the first time in a long time, Durfee will have a winning season.

The third game the following Friday, September 23, concluded with a happy ending for the Durfee football team. With a score of 12-7. The Hilltoppers defeated the Taunton Tigers to snatch their first win of the season. The boys did a great job in achieving this win, and they continue to improve every day.