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West Bridgewater 27, Holbrook/Avon 20

West Bridgewater tosses Holbrook/Avon

West Bridgewater running back Jordan Ames used his head to run.

Robert E. Klein for the Boston Globe

West Bridgewater running back Jordan Ames used his head to run.

WEST BRIDGEWATER — As if playing Holbrook/Avon on Thanksgiving Day wasn’t enough incentive for West Bridgewater, the Wildcats received a shot of adrenaline because a Holbrook victory would have forced a coin toss to decide the Mayflower Small Conference champion.

“It played a huge role,” West Bridgewater lineman Zack Harris said after West Bridgewater prevailed, 27-20. “We weren’t going to let a team that we think we’re way better than come on this field, beat us and try to go to the [Division 5] Super Bowl. That wasn’t going to happen.

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“I think it was a slap in the face to think that athletic directors think they can come here and automatically have a coin toss.”

Harris was one of several Wildcats (2-3, 4-6) who made sure that wouldn’t be required, ensuring Upper Cape would go “bowling.”

Harris blocked a punt with 30 seconds left in the second quarter and smothered the ball in the end zone for a touchdown that gave West Bridgewater a 21-6 lead at halftime.

Harris also recovered two onside kicks and caught a deflected pass for an 8-yard game.

“I’ve never blocked a punt, I’ve never caught a pass and I’ve never recovered any onside kicks,” Harris said. “I’m a lineman, born and raised.”

In coach Bill Panos’s opinion, Harris is an athlete – period.

“That’s an average day for him,” Panos said. “He’s a big kid who can move.

“With that size and footwork, it’s hard to hold him back.”

It appeared the Wildcats wouldn’t be able to hold back the Bulldogs (3-2, 6-2) after because Ben Riordan (137 yards on 17 carries) ripped off a 41-yard touchdown run less than four minutes into the first quarter.

West Bridgewater responded by covering 56 yards in six plays, with Aaron Pearson scoring on an 11-yard run and Tiarra Murrell kicking the extra point.

Then, after Riordan was stopped on fourth-and-1 from West Bridgewater’s 15, the Wildcats grabbed a 13-6 lead on an 8-yard run by Pearson.

Holbrook/Avon had a chance to tie the score when Lucas Currier intercepted a pass at Holbrook/Avon’s 10. But six plays later, Harris blocked Riordan’s punt, which he fell on in the end zone for the 21-6 lead.

The Bulldogs reduced the deficit to 21-12 on a 54-yard pass from Currier to Duret Georges. Later, Holbrook/Avon went for it on fourth and 13 from its 17, but Currier’s pass was incomplete.

West Bridgewater promptly capitalized when Jordan Ames scored on a 2-yard run with 3:14 left. Currier’s 15-yard TD pass to Georges with 42 seconds remaining closed out the scoring.

“After our loss to South Shore we had a meeting,” Panos said. “We asked ‘What’s going on? We’re better than we’re showing.’ ”

On Thanksgiving, the Wildcats showed how good they can be.

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