Weymouth was 9 yards from tying the score on the opening drive of the second half as sophomore quarterback Matt Long darted toward the goal line. But at the 1-yard line, the ball was jarred from Long’s grasp and a massive pileup ensued, with both teams fighting for the ball. Natick came up with it. And the Redhawks didn’t look back.
Senior quarterback Troy Flutie led Natick on a 14-play, 97-yard drive that he capped with a 1-yard rushing touchdown to take a two-touchdown lead with 2:39 to play in the third as the No. 4 Redhawks marched past No. 17 Weymouth, 35-14, Thursday in a nonleague game at Weymouth High.
The drive lasted 5:54 and included a pair of third-down conversions and a fourth-down conversion as Natick (1-0) completed the 14-point swing.
“That was huge. They had us on our heels, definitely,” Natick coach Mark Mortarelli said. “We got the turnover and then our offense went all the way down the field and punched it in.
“Troy was just kind of being Troy back there and making plays, and it was a nice, slow, distinct drive that we kind of just stuck to our guns and punched it in.”
On the drive, Flutie had 44 rushing yards (80 for the game) and was 2 for 3 for 44 yards through the air. He finished 21 for 28 for 278 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions.
Senior receiver Alex Hilger caught 14 passes for 176 yards and two touchdowns in the absence of injured junior receiver Brian Dunlap, who watched the game from a wheelchair on the sideline with a cast on his left foot.
“Troy and I have been together forever,” Hilger said. “We have great chemistry. I’m the next man up in Brian’s spot and I’m just ready to go. I’m trying to make the biggest plays to help my team win.”
Senior receiver Justin Robinson had six catches for 90 yards for the Redhawks. The only thing that slowed Flutie was a left ankle injury that forced him to sit out two plays.
Weymouth senior Dave Harrison spent most of the game at receiver with Long starting at quarterback. Harrison finished with 81 total yards.
Natick looked as if it was going to take a 14-0 lead into the half. Long scampered 18 yards near midfield with 34 seconds to go in the half, but a late hit to Long’s head added 15 yards onto the end of the run and set up Weymouth at the Redhawk 37-yard line.
Two plays later, Long lobbed a jump ball into the corner of the end zone to senior Ryan Ainslie for a 21-yard touchdown grab with three seconds left in the half.
Natick kicked off the scoring with an 8-play, 80-yard drive finished off when Flutie hit Andrew Boynton for a 15-yard score with 8:46 left in the second.
After forcing a Wildcat turnover on downs on the next possession, the Redhawks made it 14-0 when Flutie hit Hilger down the sideline a yard short of the pylon, but Hilger fought through the tackle to break the plane with 1:56 left in the half for Natick’s first touchdown.
Marblehead 41, Lynn Classical 24 — Brian Daly and Brooks Tyrrell each scored two touchdowns to lead the host Magicians, who scored 20 second-quarter points.
Stoneham 28, Belmont 0 — Darius McPherson ran for 147 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries to carry the Spartans (1-0) on the road. All four of Stoneham’s touchdowns came on the ground.
Winchester 7, Wilmington 6 — The Wildcats scored the first touchdown of the game with 56 seconds left in the fourth quarter, but Winchester put together a game-winning drive to win it as time expired when Quinn Johnson caught a 10-yard pass from Michael Grassey. Parker Carey kicked the extra point to secure the win.
Newton North 12, Waltham 7— Devaughn White recovered a fumble and returned it 25 yards for a fourth-quarter touchdown to lift the Tigers (1-0).
Braintree 17, Quincy 16 — The Wamps scored 17 straight points in the first quarter and held off the Presidents in the fourth quarter. Steve Leary had two catches for 55 yards and a touchdown. Matt Darling rushed for an 8-yard touchdown and collected three tackles and an interception.
BC High 16, Andover 10— The Eagles evened their record at 1-1, winning in OT on Steve Dicienzo’s touchdown run.
Melrose 28, Masconomet 14— After conceding the first touchdown of the night, the host Red Raiders scored the next 28 points. Malik Garret found the end zone twice for Melrose.
Oliver Ames 26, Hingham 8 — Cody Scully returned the opening kickoff 95 yards and the Tigers took a 19-0 lead into halftime. Quarterback Nick Cidado threw for 150 yards and two touchdowns.
St. Mary’s 64, Swampscott 39 — Connor Sakowich, Jordan Manthorne and Abraham Toe combined for 580 yards and eight touchdowns for the Spartans. The trio was responsible for 60 of St. Mary’s 64 points. Brendan McDonald threw for three touchdowns and rushed for another for Swampscott in the loss.
Watertown 34, Medway 14 — Raiders quarterback Nick Giordano threw three touchdowns in the win.
Concord-Carlisle 33, Wellesley 29 — Jeff Adegbe scored a 15-yard rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter to lift the Patriots. Austin Hoey and Will Blumenberg connected for two touchdowns through the air.
Hopkinton 17, Wayland 0 — Drew Donohue ran for 115 yards and a touchdown to lead the Hillers (1-0) on the road.
Scituate 20, Sharon 14 — Dawayne Kirton ran for 170 yards on 20 carries, scoring two touchdowns in the process to lead the Sailors past the defending Division 3 Super Bowl champs.
Stoughton 34, Pembroke 6 — Stanley Sajous and Malachi Baugh connected for two first-quarter touchdowns through the air, for 50 and 30 yards, to jumpstart the Black Knights on the road. Kyle Horn scored the lone Pembroke touchdown on a 1-yard run.
Abington 33, Canton 14 — Shawn Donovan scored three first-half touchdowns to carry the Green Wave (1-1). He scored one on the ground, one through the air, and the third on a 53-yard punt return. Quarterback Brian Dwyer threw two touchdown passes.
Medfield 26 Dedham 6 — Tommy Sears and Matt Murray returned interceptions for touchdowns, leading the Warriors to victory.