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Whittier runs all over Salem

 

HAVERHILL — Whittier Tech senior back AJ Espinal spent the third quarter and half of the fourth quarter on the sideline Saturday morning as the Wildcats' reserves got their chance to show off.

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Injury-depleted Central falls to St. John’s in North title game

LAWRENCE — For the second straight season, Central Catholic could not find an answer for St. John’s Prep with a trip to the state title game on the line.
 
The top-seeded Raiders, forced to play the second half without injured star QB Ayden Pereira, were limited to just 66 yards of total offense, falling to the No. 2 seed Eagles 14-0 in the Division 1 North championship game.
 
“It was a tough one,” said Central head coach Chuck Adamopoulos. “That’s a very good Prep team. I’m proud of my team. The defense played well, and it hurt not having our QB. It’s tough to lose a game at this point in the season.”
 
Both losses for Central Catholic (8-2) this fall came against St. John’s (9-1). The Prep also beat the Raiders 21-0 last fall in the North title game, on the way to winning the Division 1 state championship.
 
Central’s potent offense — which entered Saturday averaging 38.6 points per game  — was dealt a massive blow with the loss of their budding superstar sophomore quarterback.
 
Pereira attempted to play Saturday with a separated right, throwing shoulder suffered in last week’s win over Everett. 

The Eagle-Tribune area’s leader in passing yards (1,587) and passing TDs (20) started for Central, but was clearly slowed by the injury,
which forced him to leave the game in the second half.
 
“Our QB played with a really rough injury,” said Adamopoulos. “He gave it a whirl and played very tough.”
 
Central opened fast, marching to the Prep 14-yard line on its first possession of the game, before the drive stalled. The Raiders drove to the Eagles’ 32-yard line two possessions later, but turned the ball over on downs.
 
A drive after that, Central’s Dom Tritto intercepted a pass and moved it into Prep territory. But Central was again stopped.
 
“We had some good field position early, because our defense was playing their butts off,” said Adamopoulos. “But we couldn’t take advantage.”
 
Central’s defense dominated early, limiting the Prep to just two first downs and 53 total yards, including no pass completions, on its first six possessions of the game.

 
But the Eagles grabbed the lead with 1:34 left until halftime, on a 5-yard touchdown by Pat Nistl. Central responded quickly when Tritto returned the following kickoff to the Prep 30, but the Raiders could not take advantage.
In need of a spark, Central seemed to find it when Nick Donatio intercepted a pass in the end zone to squash the Prep’s first drive of the second half. But the Raiders again turned the ball over on downs.
The Eagles then turned the game over to its rushing attack to close out the victory.
“We couldn’t throw the ball, so we turned to our run game to grind it out,” said Prep head coach Brian St. Pierre. “It just became a slug fest, and we were bigger and tougher. We wanted to hold the ball and tire them out. We called the same play (halfback dive) 30-plus times, and they couldn’t stop it.”
St. John’s delivered a 15-play drive that ate approximately eight minutes off the clock and ended with a Matt Crowley QB sneak touchdown. The Eagles then forced Central to punt, and needed eight run plays to finish off the clock and earn a second straight state title game berth.
Leading the Central defense were Dom Pedi (10 tackles), Brendan Cesati (10 tackles) and Michael Finneran (8 tackles), who also played quarterback in the second half.
Haverhill’s Matt Duchemin had three pass breakups for St. John’s.
Central Catholic will now turn its attention to Thanksgiving, when it takes on Lawrence High (2-8).
“We have one game left to play, and we’ll get after that one,” said Adamopoulos. “We will take a few days, regroup, and focus on Lawrence.”

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Injury-depleted Central falls to St. John’s in North title game

LAWRENCE — For the second straight season, Central Catholic could not find an answer for St. John’s Prep with a trip to the state title game on the line.
 
The top-seeded Raiders, forced to play the second half without injured star QB Ayden Pereira, were limited to just 66 yards of total offense, falling to the No. 2 seed Eagles 14-0 in the Division 1 North championship game.
 
“It was a tough one,” said Central head coach Chuck Adamopoulos. “That’s a very good Prep team. I’m proud of my team. The defense played well, and it hurt not having our QB. It’s tough to lose a game at this point in the season.”
 
Both losses for Central Catholic (8-2) this fall came against St. John’s (9-1). The Prep also beat the Raiders 21-0 last fall in the North title game, on the way to winning the Division 1 state championship.
 
Central’s potent offense — which entered Saturday averaging 38.6 points per game  — was dealt a massive blow with the loss of their budding superstar sophomore quarterback.
 
Pereira attempted to play Saturday with a separated right, throwing shoulder suffered in last week’s win over Everett. 

The Eagle-Tribune area’s leader in passing yards (1,587) and passing TDs (20) started for Central, but was clearly slowed by the injury,
which forced him to leave the game in the second half.
 
“Our QB played with a really rough injury,” said Adamopoulos. “He gave it a whirl and played very tough.”
 
Central opened fast, marching to the Prep 14-yard line on its first possession of the game, before the drive stalled. The Raiders drove to the Eagles’ 32-yard line two possessions later, but turned the ball over on downs.
 
A drive after that, Central’s Dom Tritto intercepted a pass and moved it into Prep territory. But Central was again stopped.
 
“We had some good field position early, because our defense was playing their butts off,” said Adamopoulos. “But we couldn’t take advantage.”
 
Central’s defense dominated early, limiting the Prep to just two first downs and 53 total yards, including no pass completions, on its first six possessions of the game.

 
But the Eagles grabbed the lead with 1:34 left until halftime, on a 5-yard touchdown by Pat Nistl. Central responded quickly when Tritto returned the following kickoff to the Prep 30, but the Raiders could not take advantage.
In need of a spark, Central seemed to find it when Nick Donatio intercepted a pass in the end zone to squash the Prep’s first drive of the second half. But the Raiders again turned the ball over on downs.
The Eagles then turned the game over to its rushing attack to close out the victory.
“We couldn’t throw the ball, so we turned to our run game to grind it out,” said Prep head coach Brian St. Pierre. “It just became a slug fest, and we were bigger and tougher. We wanted to hold the ball and tire them out. We called the same play (halfback dive) 30-plus times, and they couldn’t stop it.”
St. John’s delivered a 15-play drive that ate approximately eight minutes off the clock and ended with a Matt Crowley QB sneak touchdown. The Eagles then forced Central to punt, and needed eight run plays to finish off the clock and earn a second straight state title game berth.
Leading the Central defense were Dom Pedi (10 tackles), Brendan Cesati (10 tackles) and Michael Finneran (8 tackles), who also played quarterback in the second half.
Haverhill’s Matt Duchemin had three pass breakups for St. John’s.
Central Catholic will now turn its attention to Thanksgiving, when it takes on Lawrence High (2-8).
“We have one game left to play, and we’ll get after that one,” said Adamopoulos. “We will take a few days, regroup, and focus on Lawrence.”

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Sachems rough up Bedford

Pentucket rolls

Pentucket football made short work of Bedford on the road Friday night, beating the Buccaneers 42-19 after quarterback Peter Cleary threw for four touchdown passes and Keegan O’Keefe accounted for four total scores.

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Diaz steals show as Reggies hammer No. 1 Manchester Essex in North final

MANCHESTER — Manchester Essex head football coach Jeff Hutton could only tip his cap to Greater Lawrence after Friday’s Division 7 North Final.

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Methuen wins in overtime

 

METHUEN — Connor Bryant came back at quarterback, Zac Bergeron had a huge game running the ball and Methuen snapped a five-game losing streak with an exciting 28-20 victory over Chelmsford.

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Brown, Andover stun Everett

ANDOVER — While his second touchdown run Friday night might not have been as dramatic as his 45-yard game-winner as time expired against Lowell three weeks ago, Scott Brown once again displayed some late-game heroics.

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Manzi leads Brooks to comeback win

NORTH ANDOVER — John Manzi ran for a career-best 112 yards and two touchdowns, including the go-ahead score in the third quarter, as Brooks capped its season with a 19-14 victory over Tabor Academy.

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Cleary, Etter connect for last-minute touchdown, but Pentucket rally falls short

HAVERHILL — Star receiver Jake Etter out-leaped a defender who appeared to have him boxed out and hauled in a 13-yard touchdown pass from Peter Cleary with 0:59 left in regulation to cut Pentucket’s deficit to just one point.
 
The Sachems then elected to go for the two-point conversion, but the pass was tipped and fell incomplete
 
Pentucket managed a defensive stand, and got the ball back with 32 seconds to play. Three Hail Mary passes, however, fell incomplete and the No. 1-seeded Sachems lost to No. 4 Swampscott 14-13 in the Division 5 North semifinals on Saturday at a chilly Trinity Stadium.
 
 “If we could’ve scored there (on the two-point conversion), that would’ve been nice,” said Pentucket head coach Steve Hayden. “But the ball bounced the other way. Swampscott’s a very experienced team. Give our kids credit. They fought right to the end.”
 
The Big Blue (7-2) will host Amesbury (4-5) Friday night in a rematch of last year’s Division 5 North final. Senior captain Dylan January led Swampscott with 143 yards and two touchdowns rushing, including the go-ahead score with 9:49 to play in the fourth quarter.
 
“We played Pentucket last year and, while the score didn’t show it, it was a 15 round fight,” said Big Blue coach Bob Serino. “That’s a bunch of tough, tough guys.”
 
Etter caught 10 passes for 92 yards from Cleary, who threw for 170 yards. 
 
Trailing 14-7 in the fourth, Pentucket took advantage of a short punt by going 11 plays and eating up nearly six minutes. On the 13-yard TD pass, Cleary found Etter, who out-jumped the defender, a regular occurrence on this day as Etter’s athleticism and excellent hands moved the chains a half-dozen times.
“Our whole team did a good job,” said Hayden, who’s squad got on the board on a 24-yard screen pass hauled in by Andrew Joyce in the third quarter, tying the score 7-7. “It’s a tribute to our kids and our staff that we were right there with them until the end.”
Joyce had a team-high 69 rushing yards for Pentucket. Jacob Codair (“He’s been awesome all year,” Hayden said) had a pair of sacks, with one driving Swampscott out of scoring range late in the first half.
After the two-point try fell incomplete, Pentucket —with all three timeouts remaining — forced the Big Blue to punt. 
A roughing-the-passer penalty pushed the ball up to midfield, where Cleary could roll out and throw to the goal line. Swampscott defensive backs Andrew Augustin and Arturo Vasquez knocked balls down to preserve the one-point win as time expired.
“They went for the win. You have to respect that,” said Serino. “We had a great week of practice but Pentucket caused some havoc for us. They had five guys in the box (defensively) and they were five very tough guys.”
 
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Central in thriller over Everett

LAWRENCE – Chuck Adamopoulos was out of his comfort zone for 2½ hours yesterday at Lawrence’s Veteran Memorial Stadium.
Too many long kickoff returns. Too many passes. Too many penalties. Too many long plays. And, really, too many points.
“That’s not my kind of game,” said the Central Catholic coach after his team’s 39-37 overtime thriller over its official new rival, Everett High.
Central meets another rival, St. John’s Prep, in the Div. 1 North title game next Saturday at noon at Veterans Memorial Stadium.
“I’ve always been a defensive guy,” he said. “I was hoping  this wouldn’t turn into that Springfield Catholic game (Central won 52-42 in season opener). These kinds of games are not good for my health. But we won. So you bet I’ll take it.”
For 10 bucks (5 for students), you couldn’t beat the non-stop drama.
The only thing crazier than the ending in overtime, with interference calls against both defense and very close plays on the conversion rushes – Central’s Mark Kassis barely getting over the white line and Everett coming up inches short to attempt to tie the game – was the start of the game.
Everett returned it the opening kick 89 yards to the Central 1-yard line leading to an easy score followed by Central senior Nick Donatio answering right back with a 75-yard touchdown return of his own.
“They had that penalty (on the conversion kick) that moved kick back 15 yards,” said Donatio. “They usually don’t kick it long, usually popping ball short. But they kicked it deep. 
“I looked up and saw all of our front guys on a man and I saw this huge, gigantic hole in the middle. I just broke through and went left to the daylight,” said Donatio. “It was a pretty big play. Their crowd was going so crazy. That quieted them down very quickly.”
What made this game extra special was the fact that both teams have superior kicking games. Extra points were not only a formality, a rare occurrence in high school, but each team boomed field goals.
Everett’s Abraham Betancourt gave his team a 10-7 lead with a 27-yarder in the first quarter only to be outdone by Central senior Nick Mazzie’s 42-yarder at the end of the half.
In between those field goals was probably the play of the game.
Central’s sophomore quarterback, Ayden Pereira, who at 15 has the poise players two and three years older, saw a snap over his head.
Rather than jump on the bouncing ball, Pereira scooped it, going to the left side and then rolling out to his right and chucking a ball 25 yards in the air to a wide open Mark Cicciarelli who sprinted about 30 more yards for a 55-yard touchdown connection.
Why didn’t Pereira jump on the first down loose ball and take the loss?
“First of all, it was high but I should’ve caught the ball,” said Pereira. “If I dive on it we lose 15 yards and it probably ruins the drive. Luckily, the (receivers) kept playing and they were open.”
Central opened up a two-touchdown lead on another play-of-the-game nominee.
Everett isn’t “Everett” for a reason. And down 24-10, they clawed their way back.
The Crimson Tide answered with two touchdowns before the third quarter ended, the first on a 13-play, 68-yard drive (5-yard pass by Duke Doherty to Eli Auguste) and another following a Central fumble when, two plays later, Clarence Jules zig-zagged into to the end zone from 26 yards out.
Now it was Nate Hebert’s turn to make the highlight reel. 
From the Everett 37, Adamopoulos called the fake punt on 4th-and-10. Michael Finneran hit junior Dominic Tritto, who was closely covered, and Tritto dragged the defender just over the first down marker .
On the next play, Pereria, under pressure, threw a deep ball to the corner of the end zone, appearing to be past Nate Hebert’s reach. But Hebert dove and caught it. 
Of course, the 31-24 lead was not safe. 
This time Everett went 15 plays covering 75 yards, which included a fourth-and-5 conversion, with Jayden Clerveaux finding the end zone from 20 yards out and the extra point tying it at 31-31 with 2:57 remaining.
Central had a quick 3-and-out and Everett was able to get to the Central 27 yard line, near field goal position, with under a minute remaining on a 17-yard run and 18-yard pass.
Enter Central’s Kassis. 
He picked off a pass while the Everett quarterback was avoiding a rush and appeared to have daylight for a possible score. He was pushed out of bounds at the Everett 36 yard line.
But a sack and two incompletions and two last ditch plays from Everett went for naught , sending the game to overtime with each team getting the ball on the 10-yard line.
A pass interference on Everett gave Central the ball on the 5-yard line and Pereria faked a handoff and scored standing up.
On the conversion, Kassis was at quarterback. He faked a handoff to Pereira and dragged a defender to the goal line and score.
“We did that to change it up a bit,” said Adamopoulos. “Our offensive coordinator John Sexton did it earlier in the game, too.”
Everett’s opportunity looked similar to Central’s, with a third down pass interference penalty. Tyrese Baptiste scored on a 3-yard run. 
What turned out to be the play of the game, Clerveaux took the ball and bull-dozed near the goal line.
The referees didn’t make the call right away, conversing for about 20 seconds before the lead official making the “no good” sign with his arms. 
“It was the craziest game I’ve ever been involved with,” said Donatio. “We always believed. That’s our attitude. But this was crazy. It’s a game we’ll never forget.”
Next up for Adamopoulos and Central is “The Prep.”
“We were hoping for that number one seed because we figured we wouldn’t have to play Everett and St. John’s Prep,” said Adampoulos.
“We were wrong,” he said. “Honestly, we will enjoy this one for a few hours before we worry about next Saturday. This was an awesome day.”

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Central in thriller over Everett

LAWRENCE – Chuck Adamopoulos was out of his comfort zone for 2½ hours yesterday at Lawrence’s Veteran Memorial Stadium.
Too many long kickoff returns. Too many passes. Too many penalties. Too many long plays. And, really, too many points.
“That’s not my kind of game,” said the Central Catholic coach after his team’s 39-37 overtime thriller over its official new rival, Everett High.
Central meets another rival, St. John’s Prep, in the Div. 1 North title game next Saturday at noon at Veterans Memorial Stadium.
“I’ve always been a defensive guy,” he said. “I was hoping  this wouldn’t turn into that Springfield Catholic game (Central won 52-42 in season opener). These kinds of games are not good for my health. But we won. So you bet I’ll take it.”
For 10 bucks (5 for students), you couldn’t beat the non-stop drama.
The only thing crazier than the ending in overtime, with interference calls against both defense and very close plays on the conversion rushes – Central’s Mark Kassis barely getting over the white line and Everett coming up inches short to attempt to tie the game – was the start of the game.
Everett returned it the opening kick 89 yards to the Central 1-yard line leading to an easy score followed by Central senior Nick Donatio answering right back with a 75-yard touchdown return of his own.
“They had that penalty (on the conversion kick) that moved kick back 15 yards,” said Donatio. “They usually don’t kick it long, usually popping ball short. But they kicked it deep. 
“I looked up and saw all of our front guys on a man and I saw this huge, gigantic hole in the middle. I just broke through and went left to the daylight,” said Donatio. “It was a pretty big play. Their crowd was going so crazy. That quieted them down very quickly.”
What made this game extra special was the fact that both teams have superior kicking games. Extra points were not only a formality, a rare occurrence in high school, but each team boomed field goals.
Everett’s Abraham Betancourt gave his team a 10-7 lead with a 27-yarder in the first quarter only to be outdone by Central senior Nick Mazzie’s 42-yarder at the end of the half.
In between those field goals was probably the play of the game.
Central’s sophomore quarterback, Ayden Pereira, who at 15 has the poise players two and three years older, saw a snap over his head.
Rather than jump on the bouncing ball, Pereira scooped it, going to the left side and then rolling out to his right and chucking a ball 25 yards in the air to a wide open Mark Cicciarelli who sprinted about 30 more yards for a 55-yard touchdown connection.
Why didn’t Pereira jump on the first down loose ball and take the loss?
“First of all, it was high but I should’ve caught the ball,” said Pereira. “If I dive on it we lose 15 yards and it probably ruins the drive. Luckily, the (receivers) kept playing and they were open.”
Central opened up a two-touchdown lead on another play-of-the-game nominee.
Everett isn’t “Everett” for a reason. And down 24-10, they clawed their way back.
The Crimson Tide answered with two touchdowns before the third quarter ended, the first on a 13-play, 68-yard drive (5-yard pass by Duke Doherty to Eli Auguste) and another following a Central fumble when, two plays later, Clarence Jules zig-zagged into to the end zone from 26 yards out.
Now it was Nate Hebert’s turn to make the highlight reel. 
From the Everett 37, Adamopoulos called the fake punt on 4th-and-10. Michael Finneran hit junior Dominic Tritto, who was closely covered, and Tritto dragged the defender just over the first down marker .
On the next play, Pereria, under pressure, threw a deep ball to the corner of the end zone, appearing to be past Nate Hebert’s reach. But Hebert dove and caught it. 
Of course, the 31-24 lead was not safe. 
This time Everett went 15 plays covering 75 yards, which included a fourth-and-5 conversion, with Jayden Clerveaux finding the end zone from 20 yards out and the extra point tying it at 31-31 with 2:57 remaining.
Central had a quick 3-and-out and Everett was able to get to the Central 27 yard line, near field goal position, with under a minute remaining on a 17-yard run and 18-yard pass.
Enter Central’s Kassis. 
He picked off a pass while the Everett quarterback was avoiding a rush and appeared to have daylight for a possible score. He was pushed out of bounds at the Everett 36 yard line.
But a sack and two incompletions and two last ditch plays from Everett went for naught , sending the game to overtime with each team getting the ball on the 10-yard line.
A pass interference on Everett gave Central the ball on the 5-yard line and Pereria faked a handoff and scored standing up.
On the conversion, Kassis was at quarterback. He faked a handoff to Pereira and dragged a defender to the goal line and score.
“We did that to change it up a bit,” said Adamopoulos. “Our offensive coordinator John Sexton did it earlier in the game, too.”
Everett’s opportunity looked similar to Central’s, with a third down pass interference penalty. Tyrese Baptiste scored on a 3-yard run. 
What turned out to be the play of the game, Clerveaux took the ball and bull-dozed near the goal line.
The referees didn’t make the call right away, conversing for about 20 seconds before the lead official making the “no good” sign with his arms. 
“It was the craziest game I’ve ever been involved with,” said Donatio. “We always believed. That’s our attitude. But this was crazy. It’s a game we’ll never forget.”
Next up for Adamopoulos and Central is “The Prep.”
“We were hoping for that number one seed because we figured we wouldn’t have to play Everett and St. John’s Prep,” said Adampoulos.
“We were wrong,” he said. “Honestly, we will enjoy this one for a few hours before we worry about next Saturday. This was an awesome day.”

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Late Pelham rally falls just short in quarterfinal loss

PELHAM — For a moment, it seemed Pelham had found the big play it desperately needed.
 
Trailing by eight points with under three minutes to play, Pythons quarterback Ian Hoey tossed a screen pass to Charlie Katin, who took off, shook a pair of defenders and scampered 61 yards for a touchdown.
 
The celebration, however, would be short-lived.
 
Pelham’s two-point conversion attempt was stuffed and, after a defensive stand, a final Hail Mary was intercepted as the No. 3-seeded Pythons fell to No. 6 Plymouth in the New Hampshire Division 2 quarterfinals on Saturday.
 
“Their kids just did a better job of execution,” said Pelham head coach Tom Babaian. “Our kids made a few mistakes that we don’t usually make, and it cost us.”
Plymouth (8-2) advances to the Division 2 semifinals to host No. 7 Alvirne, while Pelham finishes the season 7-3.
“I think there probably were (some nerves) early,” said Babaian. “But we’re not going to use any excuses. Plymouth just came out and took it to us from the beginning.”
The Bobcats opened hot, starting the game with a 12-play, 64-yard drive that QB Cody Bannon finished with a 5-yard touchdown pass to Cole Johnston.
Pelham struck right back on its opening drive, going 72 yards on eight plays, the last a Hoey 7-yard TD run. The Pythons’ extra point kick, however, was no good, making the score 7-6.
The defenses then took over. Pelham allowed Plymouth just one more first down and 49 yards over the next 33 minutes of game action. Likewise, the Pythons managed just 89 yards and four first downs over that period against a tough Bobcats defense.
“It was a slug fest,” said Plymouth head coach Chris Sanborn. “We knew Pelham was a very tough team. They may have the best defense in Division 2. We knew it was going to be a dogfight. Just when it looked like we had it, they came back.”
The Bobcats finally broke through with 2:44 to play, when Bannon again found Johnston for a 22-yard touchdown. But Pelham responded with their score, a tremendous effort by Katin to stay on his feet and find the end zone. 
The Pythons then forced a turnover on downs, with Nicholas Carroll stuffing a run on four-and-1 with 0:42 left. But there would be no final miracle. 
 Evan Haskins led the Pelham defense with 10 tackles, Katin added eight tackles, Matt Muise had six stops and Carroll recovered a fumble. 
“This was a great run this season, but it should have gone further than it did,” said Babaian. “We played the wrong team today. Plymouth did a great job against us today.”
 
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Late Pelham rally falls just short in quarterfinal loss

PELHAM — For a moment, it seemed Pelham had found the big play it desperately needed.
 
Trailing by eight points with under three minutes to play, Pythons quarterback Ian Hoey tossed a screen pass to Charlie Katin, who took off, shook a pair of defenders and scampered 61 yards for a touchdown.
 
The celebration, however, would be short-lived.
 
Pelham’s two-point conversion attempt was stuffed and, after a defensive stand, a final Hail Mary was intercepted as the No. 3-seeded Pythons fell to No. 6 Plymouth in the New Hampshire Division 2 quarterfinals on Saturday.
 
“Their kids just did a better job of execution,” said Pelham head coach Tom Babaian. “Our kids made a few mistakes that we don’t usually make, and it cost us.”
Plymouth (8-2) advances to the Division 2 semifinals to host No. 7 Alvirne, while Pelham finishes the season 7-3.
“I think there probably were (some nerves) early,” said Babaian. “But we’re not going to use any excuses. Plymouth just came out and took it to us from the beginning.”
The Bobcats opened hot, starting the game with a 12-play, 64-yard drive that QB Cody Bannon finished with a 5-yard touchdown pass to Cole Johnston.
Pelham struck right back on its opening drive, going 72 yards on eight plays, the last a Hoey 7-yard TD run. The Pythons’ extra point kick, however, was no good, making the score 7-6.
The defenses then took over. Pelham allowed Plymouth just one more first down and 49 yards over the next 33 minutes of game action. Likewise, the Pythons managed just 89 yards and four first downs over that period against a tough Bobcats defense.
“It was a slug fest,” said Plymouth head coach Chris Sanborn. “We knew Pelham was a very tough team. They may have the best defense in Division 2. We knew it was going to be a dogfight. Just when it looked like we had it, they came back.”
The Bobcats finally broke through with 2:44 to play, when Bannon again found Johnston for a 22-yard touchdown. But Pelham responded with their score, a tremendous effort by Katin to stay on his feet and find the end zone. 
The Pythons then forced a turnover on downs, with Nicholas Carroll stuffing a run on four-and-1 with 0:42 left. But there would be no final miracle. 
 Evan Haskins led the Pelham defense with 10 tackles, Katin added eight tackles, Matt Muise had six stops and Carroll recovered a fumble. 
“This was a great run this season, but it should have gone further than it did,” said Babaian. “We played the wrong team today. Plymouth did a great job against us today.”
 
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Reggies intercept Lowell Catholic

 

WEST ANDOVER — Appropriately, Greater Lawrence junior Alvin Torres intercepted a pass to end the game Saturday afternoon.

It was the Reggies' fifth interception of the day and capped a 32-15 victory over Lowell Catholic in the Division 7 North semifinals. It was the previous interceptions that keyed Greater Lawrence's sixth win of the year and sends it into next week's finals.

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Haverhill rolls to second straight win

CAMBRIDGE — Teyshon McGee led a fierce Haverhill defensive effort with three sacks, and the offense came alive with 21 points in the second half as the Hillies defeated Cambridge Rindge and Latin 27-7 on Friday night.

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