Senior running back Dawayne Kirton rushed for 141 yards and three touchdowns and Scituate (3-0) kept its undefeated season alive with a 35-34 victory over Whitman-Hanson (0-3) Saturday afternoon.
Trailing, 28-27, with 3:30 left in the game, Kirton gave Scituate the lead with his final score of the day from 3 yards out. Kirton then converted a 2-point rush to put the Sailors ahead by 7.
“We wanted to go for 2, we thought we had a good play that we hadn’t shown yet,” said Scituate coach Herb Devine. “Dawayne’s been our workhorse, our go-to guy. We want to give the ball to our best players to make plays.”
The Sailors tried to chew up as much clock as they could on the go-ahead drive, but left plenty of time for Whitman-Hanson to drive down the field. The Panthers did just that, scoring on a 10-yard rush from junior Michael Lenane to get within 1 with 30 seconds remaining.
On the extra point attempt, the Panthers tried for some last-minute magic. They faked the kick and went for the win, but the 2-point rush attempt was snuffed out by Scituate junior quarterback Christian Brady, who had entered the game on defense just a few plays earlier.
“We were lucky,” said Devine. “We were focused on blocking an extra-point attempt, but Christian Brady came up with the tackle. I applaud the call by [Whitman-Hanson].”
Scituate got out to a 21-0 lead in the second quarter, but Whitman-Hanson stormed back to go ahead 28-27 before Kirton’s score late in the fourth.
“We had some misfortunes on defense,” said Devine of his team’s struggles during the middle quarters. “[The players] kept fighting, we didn’t put our heads down.”
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St. Mary’s 44, Amherst-Pelham 0— Senior Jordan Manthorne propelled the Spartans with 201 rushing yards and three touchdowns.