A father and son lead the way for Duxbury High Football team.By Tom Joyce | Photography by Omar Rawlings
It is Dave Maimaron’s 12th year as the head coach of the Duxbury High School’s varsity football team and it’s a year he is sure to remember for the rest of his life. For starters, his team opened the season ranked No. 1 in the state by the Boston Globe, Boston Herald and ESPN Boston. It is also Maimaron’s final year coaching his son, Bobby—the Dragons’ star quarterback.
Maimaron is a surname recognized among high school football fans throughout the state. On Friday nights in front of hundreds of local fans, the Dragons’ offense becomes a question defensive coordinators struggle to answer. Somehow, they tend to find open turf over defenders’ heads or evade them altogether. And Bobby is the focal point of it all.
Why would he not be? The younger Maimaron boasts a strong and accurate throwing arm. His passes look effortless at times and he can make them on the run without issue. He’s also fast, capable of taking off when no one is looking. During the regular season, he ran for nearly 12 yards per carry.
During much of Bobby’s youth career, Maimaron coached both the varsity team and his son’s youth team and he’s watched the future varsity quarterback grow and develop as a player. While Bobby’s success at the youth level suggested that he might one day hold the position of varsity quarterback, his chance to shine came earlier than expected.
It was Bobby’s freshman year (2013) and the Dragons’ third game of the season against Silver Lake Regional High School. Coach Maimaron asked his son to dress for the varsity game because their backup quarterback, who was also their JV starter, was injured and they needed depth. Initially, Bobby refused. “My wife actually had to yell at him to get in the car,” says coach Maimaron.
Bobby had played for the freshman team the night before and feared backlash from his teammates. He didn’t want the team thinking he was receiving special treatment because he was the coach’s son. “I just felt like there were other people who could have done it instead of me,” says Bobby. “But it ended up working out.”
On that fateful day, the Dragons’ starting quarterback, Sean McCarthy, went down with an injury in the first quarter and the younger Maimaron, who was just 135 pounds at the time, entered the game and tossed three touchdowns. The Dragons proceeded to shut down the Lakers, 29-0.
“I didn’t really do much,” says Bobby. “It was a lot of the other kids around me stepping up their game and doing a lot. But I think I kind of just proved to myself more than anything else that I did belong there.”
Now a senior, Bobby stands at 6-foot-1 and weighs in at 185 pounds. He is no longer the smallest kid on the field nor is he just a quarterback—he’s also a team leader.
“I think getting in there (on varsity) freshman year forced me to grow up quick,” says Bobby. “There were some great senior leaders on that team who showed me the way. I’ve had a lot of talent around me, which makes it a lot easier.”
Headed into the 2016 season, Bobby received attention from several local media outlets who speculated as to whether he could break former Natick High School quarterback (current Boston College Eagles wide receiver) Troy Flutie’s statewide touchdown passing record (112). After all, Maimaron entered the season 31 throws away from beating the record.
At the beginning of the year, Bobby topped former Brockton Boxers quarterback Tom Colombo’s south of Boston touchdown passing record (85). He entered the postseason with 104 career touchdown passes, second on the all-time list and just nine throws away from topping Flutie and with at least four games to go. When Bobby first heard that he might break the state’s touchdown passing record, he did not believe it. But as the year progressed, he saw his numbers rise and began to understand the possibility.
Both father and son view the statewide touchdown passing mark as a team record and feel that Bobby has been fortunate to play alongside so many talented players. The Dragons’ offensive line, for example, has been sturdy all year, providing an array of receivers for Bobby to throw to. The defense has also been strong and their special teams units have given them favorable field position. Even so, the team would not be able to run their air-raid offense without their starting quarterback.
Bobby’s passion for the sport of football and his inspiration to play quarterback was surely inspired by the elder Maimaron, who was once a quarterback at Archbishop Williams High School in Braintree. He also went on to play defensive back for the now-defunct UMass Boston team, where he was a four-year starter.
Introduced to football at a young age, Bobby naturally threw well like his dad. His father’s influence also made it easier for him to adapt to the Dragons’ spread offense as their youth teams also ran it. Now a senior, Bobby has come close to mastering the maneuver.
“It’s a bonus that the high school staff works closely with the youth coaches,” says coach Maimaron. “We try to be a resource to them whenever they need us. Even little things like having the same terminology through the program help the kids develop.”
Bobby has also been fortunate to play alongside standout players like fellow four-year varsity starters Ryan Reagan (wide receiver) and Devin DeMeritt (running back), two more reasons the Duxbury team has continued to dominate. The team’s close-knit dynamic is another.
“The whole team is like a family,” says Bobby. “It’s not just me and my dad. Everyone cares about each other. All the coaches really care about every single player on the team. I really think that’s what Duxbury Football is all about. It’s the key to our success.”
* At the time this article went to press, the Duxbury High varsity football team was expected to be the No. 1 seed in the Div. 2 South Sectional playoffs and Bobby Maimaron was rapidly approaching the state’s touchdown passing record. For more information, click here.