Covered in dirt and sweat, Dylan Barofsky started to choke up.
The West Boca Raton senior quarterback was minutes removed from his last time in pads, celebrating his last victory on a high-school field, and thinking about it nearly kept words from leaving his lips.
“This game means a lot to me,” he said. “Just surreal. Can’t describe it. Going to miss it.”
Barofsky put an exclamation point on his high-school career, accounting for three touchdowns in the Bulls’ 27-8 victory over Cardinal Newman in West Boca Raton’s season finale Thursday night.
“Dylan was great tonight,” Bulls coach Alphonso Moran said. “It’s Dylan’s Senior Night. We’ve been using Dylan sparingly on offense: wide receiver, running back, DB, quarterback. He stepped up. … I can’t do nothing but say great things about him.”
The senior, who spent most of the season playing everywhere but quarterback, got the Bulls (4-5) on the board quickly. He found another senior, Mahari Mesidort, on West Boca’s first drive of the game, completing a 35-yard pass to give the Bulls an early lead. They pushed the lead to 10 on a field goal by Grant Furr, his first of two Thursday.
The Crusaders (5-3) fought back, reeling off a 16-play, 81-yard drive that fellow senior quarterback Jayson Moschella ended with a 10-yard touchdown run and a two-point conversion.
It looked like the teams may be neck-and-neck all night, but the Bulls put an end to that, scoring 17 unanswered points.
Barofsky was the key to most of them, as he tossed another 10-yard touchdown pass to Mesidort and ran in a 6-yard score.
“Senior Night, so obviously, we want to send me and the rest of the seniors off right,” Barofsky said. “Get a ‘dub’ for the program, it means a lot. We struggled this season, but I’m glad we finished it all right.”
Said Moran: “The seniors have been through a lot. A lot of the guys have been here for four years. We had a rough season, not what we expected, but we were in every game. It was good to get a win.”
The Bulls efficiently stopped the Crusaders’ flexbone offense. Just two weeks ago, Cardinal Newman racked up nearly 600 rushing yards against Coral Springs Charter. Thursday, they managed only 199.
Neither team expects to earn a playoff berth, so the season ends for West Boca, while Cardinal Newman will play a postseason bowl game against Southwest Ranches-Archbishop McCarthy, coach Brian Pulaski said before Thursday’s game.
“We can take positives from the whole season,” Moran said. “One step away from being, eventually, in the race for the district championship.”