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Alex Barlow powers Duxbury to seventh state title in Division 4 Super Bowl romp over Scituate

Duxbury’s Alex Barlow celebrates at the end of a dominating 62-33 victory over Scituate in the Division 4 Super Bowl. The Bentley-bound Barlow rushed for 276 yards and 5 touchdowns on 32 carries.John Tlumacki/Globe Staff

FOXBOROUGH — A year after capturing a Division 4 Super Bowl title behind quarterback Matt Festa’s brilliance, Duxbury football repeated the feat Friday night on the shoulders of overpowering senior running back Alex Barlow.

Barlow racked up a whopping 32 carries for 275 yards and five touchdowns, fueling the Green Dragons to a resounding triumph, 62-33, over rival Scituate at Gillette Stadium.

“We’re going to miss that kid,” said Duxbury coach Matt Landolfi. “He’s a special football player. They don’t make many like him. He’s one of the toughest kids you’ll ever see.”

The top-seeded Dragons (11-1) set a Super Bowl record for points, breaking Springfield Central’s mark of 55 set in 1997.


The seventh-seeded Sailors (9-4), who allowed 10 points in each of their previous two games, had no answer whatsoever for the Bentley-bound Barlow, who delivered a series of body blows and kept plays alive to lift Duxbury to its seventh state title.

This one yielded an extra layer of bliss, as the Dragons avenged a one-point Super Bowl loss to the Sailors in 2021.

“That revenge is sweet,” Barlow said. “We’ve been thinking about this game since we lost sophomore year.”

Barlow compiled 701 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns in his last three postseason games to finish the season with 184 carries for 1,250 yards and 22 TDs.

The Dragons jumped out to a 20-7 first-quarter lead, relying on a healthy blend of steady runs and well-timed passes. Duxbury junior quarterback Trevor Jones found Adam Barr from 7 yards out and hit Zach Falls in stride for a 68-yard score.

Scituate senior Jackson Belsan connected with Sam Allard for a 70-yard TD, then Duxbury senior Sam Wien returned the ensuing kickoff 92 yards for a scintillating score. Wien took off down the right sideline, made multiple defenders miss, and accelerated into the end zone.


Belsan delivered a dart to Lawson Foley for a 9-yard touchdown to pull the Sailors within 20-14. Jones (7 for 11, 158 yards, 2 TDs; 14 carries, 61 yards, 1 TD) lowered his shoulder to score from 6 yards out, then Barlow thumped his way in from 1 yard out with 9 seconds left before intermission.

Duxbury transitioned seamlessly from a pass-heavy offense in 2022 to a run-heavy attack in 2023, and Friday was one of its most impressive offensive performances in program history. The Dragons racked up 525 yards, including 367 on the ground, all without a single turnover.

Duxbury’s Sam Wien dazzled the Gillette Stadium crowd with his 92-yard kickoff return for a touchdown that came in response to a Scituate score that pulled the Sailors within 14-7. Wien's kick return gave the Dragons a 20-7 lead.John Tlumacki/Globe Staff

“The O-line played phenomenal,” Jones said. “You can’t really ask for a better game from them. We outworked them, we tired them out, and we ran it all over them.”

Duxbury finished the half 4 for 4 its third-down conversions, totaled 273 yards, and didn’t commit a penalty.

The Dragons continued their offensive onslaught in the second half, as Barlow torpedoed in from 1 yard out to make it 41-14. Scituate didn’t go away quietly, though, as Belsan (14 for 26, 328 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT) and Alex Burrill teamed up for a 64-yard TD strike.

Scituate coach Herb Devine credited Duxbury for its execution and praised his players for battling the entire way. After starting the season 2-3, the Sailors ripped off seven straight wins before falling short at Gillette.

“It wasn’t the way we wanted to end, but we did what we could,” Belsan said. “We left it all out there.”


Duxbury’s first punt came with 7:25 left in the third quarter. Later in the quarter, Willy Robinson swerved in from 14 yards out to slice it to 41-27 through three.

Barlow added a 3-yard score early in the fourth, Burrill scored from 1 yard out for Scituate, then Barlow provided the finishing touch with a 35-yard scamper and Finn Carley added an interception.

“Going back to back means the world,” said Duxbury senior offensive lineman Spencer Moore. “Last year, we had a lot of confidence we were going to win that championship. This year, we had a different grit and had to work even harder.”

Alex Barlow hosited the hardware along with his Duxbury teammates after the top-seeded Dragons (11-1) captured the program's seventh state title and second in a row.John Tlumacki/Globe Staff

Duxbury 62, Scituate 33

at Gillette Stadium, Foxborough

Scituate (9-4) 7 7 13 6 — 33

Duxbury (11-1) 20 14 7 21 — 62

D — Adam Barr 7 pass from Trevor Jones (Gavin Hammond kick)

D — Zach Falls 68 pass from Trevor Jones (kick failed)

S — Sam Allard 70 pass from Jackson Belsan (Sam Allard kick)

D — Sam Wien 92 kickoff return ( kick)

S — Lawson Foley 9 pass from Jackson Belsan (Sam Allard kick)

D — Trevor Jones 6 run (Gavin Hammond kick)

D — Alex Barlow 1 run (Gavin Hammond kick)

D — Alex Barlow 1 run (Gavin Hammond kick)

S — Alex Burrill 64 pass from Jackson Belsan (Sam Allard kick)

S — Willy Robinson 14 run (kick failed)

D — Alex Barlow 3 run (Gavin Hammond kick)

D — Alex Barlow 9 run (Gavin Hammond kick)


S — Alex Burrill 1 run (pass failed)

D — Alex Barlow 35 run (Gavin Hammond kick)


RUSHING — D, Alex Barlow 32-275, Trevor Jones 14-61, Adam Barr 3-27, Cam King 2-6, Leo Goldman 1-6, Brett Barr 1-0, Finn Carley 1-(-8); S, Alex Burrill 13-57, Willy Robinson 3-29, Sam Allard 1-6, Jackson Belsan 2-1.

PASSING — D, Trevor Jones 7-11-0-158; S, Jackson Belsan 14-26-1-328.

RECEIVING — D, Zach Falls 3-121, Sam Wien 1-29, Adam Barr 2-10, Alex Barlow 1-(-2); S, Sam Allard 4-140, Charlie Hartwell 5-78, Alex Burrill 1-64, Lawson Foley 3-32, Roman Glowac 1-14.


Trevor Hass can be reached at trevor.hass@globe.com.