You’d have to look back to last year to find the last time the Silver Lake High School football team lost.
The Lakers have started this year off at 4-0. In their most recent bout, they shutout a Patriot League foe, Hingham, 39-0, at home last Friday night.
“It was a great win against a very good team,” Lakers second year head coach Chris DiGiacomo said. “Some things went our way. We had a really good game plan and all the kids bought into it. They went out there and executed.”
Of course, DiGiacomo was pleased with his team’s defensive play as they prevented Hingham’s high-speed no-huddle offense from finding the end zone.
And he noted defensive lineman Matt Cook, linebackers Matt Powell and Liam Kelliher as well as defensive backs Max LaFerrara and Carson Snell had particularly strong days defensively. LaFerrara had an interception and two receiving touchdowns on offense.
Phil Lashley led the team’s effort on the ground. He had 13 carries for 99 yards. And cumulatively, the Lakers rushed for 208 yards on 33 carries. Under center, Alex Snell led the way as he completed five of his 12 passes for 158 yards. Three of his five completions were touchdown passes. And wide receiver Drew Neal, who played strong two-way football, had one of those grabs.
Snell also had nine carries for 37 yards.
Josh Chapman had a 49-yard punt return for a touchdown in the win. In their past two contests, the Lakers have outscored their opponents, 79-7.
Their offense is clicking and their defense is clicking, but they face their biggest challenge yet this season this upcoming Friday.
They face the Duxbury Dragons, who are ranked No. 1 in the state by ESPN Boston — a team who has averaged 46.5 points per game this season.
“It will be a challenge,” DiGiacomo said. “But we’re definitely excited to compete. We’re going to give it our all and fight for each other.”
DiGiacomo was quick to compliment the Dragons talent — specifically quarterback Bobby Maimaron and their running back Devin DeMeritt
But he also said he is not focused on the possibility of an “upset” win and that his team will take it one play at a time on game day.
The game is set for Friday, Oct. 7 at Duxbury High School. Kickoff is at 7:00. p.m.