PLYMOUTH – The stellar 2019 season of the Nauset football team came to an end on Friday night when the Warriors fell to the Plymouth South Panthers 35-14 in the Div. 4 South semifinals.
For a good while it looked as though the visiting Warriors would prevail. After falling behind 7-0 when the Panthers hopped onto the scoreboard in their opening possession, Nauset battled back, with senior quarterback Bobby Joy trotting in a one-yard touchdown to tie the game in the first quarter.
The Warriors then took a 14-7 lead in the second when Nauset recovered a Plymouth South fumble on the snap, which set Nauset up on South's two yard line, making things relatively easy for Miles Perry to make it into the end zone.
Plymouth South responded with another drive and yet another touchdown, but the Warriors were able to block the kick and carry a 14-13 edge into the break.
That would prove to be the last time the team held the lead as Plymouth South dominated the second half, scoring their third touchdown on a fourth-and-goal with seconds left in the third quarter, before adding two more in the final frame to claim victory.
Nauset head coach Bruce Strunk was disappointed with the game's outcome, but expressed pride in his team.
“It was tough,” said Strunk. “They're a very good football team and things didn't go our way the second half. But our kids fought the whole way and played with a lot of character, and I'm very proud of them.”
Strunk said his team's unity was a big part in their successful season.
“Our guys play as a team,” he said. “They're just a great group of guys. They never quit.”
Senior captain Bobby Joy said his team had much to be proud of.
“I think over the years this team has gained a lot of fight,” he said. “We've been through a lot. A lot of the seniors know what it's like to be down at the bottom, and I think we really built this program up. We don't stop fighting no matter the outcome, because if we keep fighting, good things will happen.”
Joy hopes that those following in the footsteps of the team's seniors continue the battle.
“I hope they pick up the heart that we play with and the Nauset pride that we have,” he said.