Newburyport Clippers Football '16

This time, Clippers beat Pentucket

NEWBURYPORT — After scoring a pair of touchdowns in the first quarter of last night’s Division 3 North home playoff game against Pentucket, the Newburyport offense went quiet, and the Sachems battled back to take a three-point lead when Stevie Johanson drained a 23-yard field goal with just under two minutes to play.
But Rob Shay and the Clippers were determined to go out with a bang.
The senior signal caller led the hosts down the field in a minute and 19 seconds, completing his final three passes of the game for 89 yards to set up a Ronnie Mwai rushing touchdown with 28 seconds left lifting Newburyport to a thrilling 21-17 victory over Pentucket.
After Johanson’s clutch kick, Shay was sacked by Stevie Noyes for a 12-yard loss putting the Clippers (3-4) back on their own 15-yard line forcing head coach Mike Levine to call a time out. On the next play, Shay evaded pressure by rolling to his right and threw a missile that traveled over 40 yards in the air into the waiting hands of Jack Cahalane for a 50-yard pick up.
A holding penalty backed Newburyport up to the 45-yard line before Shay hit Rob Federico along the left sideline for an 18-yard pick up. Then, he found Cahalane again — this time for a 21-yard hookup that ended with a personal foul by Pentucket that put the ball at the three-yard-line. On the last pass, Shay was rolling to his right and took a hard hit upon releasing the ball, and Cahalane came up with his second monster grab of the drive. 
And on the next play, Mwai muscled his way in for the game-winner.
The Clippers scored a pair of unanswered touchdowns in the first quarter as Mwai and Shay both had 1-yard touchdown runs. But After that, the Sachems tightened up defensively. 
Finn Graham was able to hit Robert Porter for a 28-yard touchdown pass on the final play of the first half to give Pentucket momentum going into half time and then Liam Sheehy (139 yards rushing) scored on a 5-yard rush in the third quarter to tie the game.
With the win, the Clippers advance to play No. 1 Watertown next week while the Sachems will have to wait until their next opponent is decided as they look to close out the regular season with as many wins as possible before playing rival Triton on Thanksgiving.
Newburyport 21, Pentucket 17
Pentucket (3-5):      0 7 7 3 — 17
Newburyport (3-4):     14 0 0 7 — 21
Division 3 North First Round 
First Quarter
 N — Ronnie Mwai 1 run (Joel Skaff kick)
 N — Rob Shay 1 run (Skaff kick)
Second Quarter
 P — Robert Porter 28 pass from Finn Graham (Stevie Johanson kick)
Third Quarter
 P — Liam Sheehy 5 run (Johanson kick)
Fourth Quarter
 P — Johanson 23 kick
 N — Mwai 3 run (Skaff kick)

RUSHING: Pentucket — Liam Sheehy 25-139, Robert Porter 7-35, Chris Muollo 1-16, Finn Graham 1-4; Newburyport — Myles Maloof 7-51, Rob Shay 15-35, Ronnie Mwai 12-25, Donte Harmon 1-(-1) 
PASSING: Pentucket — Graham 6-15-0, 95; Newburyport — Shay 6-11-0, 132
RECEIVING: Pentucket — Porter 2-58, Sheehy 3-25, Nathan McGrail 1-12; Newburyport — Jack Cahalane 3-72, Ronnie Mwai 1-28, Rob Federico 1-18, Myles Maloof 1-14

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