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By Michael Flanagan
Hometown Weekly Sports Editor
Two arch enemies met on the gridiron for their annual Turkey Day battle on Thursday as the Dover-Sherborn Raiders hosted the Medfield Warriors.
When the dust settled from the scrappy and hard-hitting affair, DS came away with the 17-0 victory to finish the season with an impressive 7-4 record - but it did not come easy.
Following a scoreless first quarter, senior running back Tylan Mendes drew first blood for DS with a 12-yard touchdown run to give the Raiders a 6-0 lead with 10:22 to play in the first half (PAT blocked).
After forcing consecutive Medfield punts, DS struck again with 1:53 remaining in the half when junior quarterback Kirby Ryan hooked up with Matt Paolatto for a long touchdown strike to extend the Raiders lead to 12-0 (two-point try unsuccessful). DS got the ball back with under a minute to play in the half after forcing a three-and-out. Kirby Ryan moved the Raiders down into field goal position and Drew Dummer hammered home a 27-yarder with eight seconds remaining in the quarter to give DS a 15-0 lead at halftime.
Defense completely dominated the second half for both teams. The Ryan Murray-led offense of Medfield threw everything but the kitchen sink at DS to try and make it a one-score game and climb back into the contest, but the Raiders stood tall as DS took their 15-point cushion into the fourth.
With time winding down and Medfield pinned deep in their own territory, DS added to their lead, thanks to a high snap over the head of Murray, who recovered the ball in his own end zone before being tackled for a safety. The play gave DS a three-score lead at 17-0 with 2:05 to play, sealing the deal. The Raiders preserved the shutout and held on for the 17-point win.
DS’s Tylan Mendes (offensive) and Martin Brault (defensive) were awarded the game’s MVP awards.
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