Senior quarterback Ryan Kuchar threw for a pair of touchdowns and junior defensive back Luke Strangman batted down a potential game-tying touchdown with under 10 seconds remaining as Pentucket survived a scare from Triton and held on for a 19-13 win Saturday in West Newbury.
After a failed onside kick, Triton’s defense forced Pentucket (2-0) to punt on fourth and 1 from the Vikings’ 48. The ball was downed at Triton’s 10 with 1:09 left and Pentucket up by 6.
With 35 seconds left and the ball at the Vikings’ 33, Justin Spillane took a pass from Bradley Whitman near the line of scrimmage and bolted down the right sideline to the Sachems’ 23. That was followed by a 12-yard hookup from Whitman to Justin Cashman, placing Triton (2-1) at Pentucket’s 11 with 12.6 seconds remaining.
Whitman took a chance on a receiver in the back of the end zone, but Strangman was able to get a hand on the ball for an incomplete pass. Whitman then passed to running back Spillane on the near side, but he was tackled inbounds, allowing the clock to run out.
“We got tired, we made mistakes, and they took advantage of it,” said Pentucket coach Steve Hayden. “We knew they were a good team. They fought hard, and for a high school game, you can’t get much closer than that.”
Brighton 54, Charlestown 6 — Senior quarterback Jalen Apperwhite threw for 300 yards and three touchdowns.
Lynnfield 41, Amesbury 7 — Senior Kyle McGah led the Pioneers (3-0) with three touchdowns, two in the second quarter.
Shawsheen 32, Greater Lowell 8 — Junior running back Chris Arkalis (15 carries, 263 yards) accounted for all five scores as the Rams scored 25 points in the second quarter to cruise past the Gryphons.
Whittier 43, Greater Lawrence 20 — Jesus Sanchez had 17 carries for 143 yards and four touchdowns for the visiting Wildcats (3-1).
Minuteman 24, Mystic Valley 0 — Senior captain Zahir Ramsey ran for two touchdowns and added nine solo tackles to lead the Mustangs (3-0).
Oliver Ames 37, Foxboro 6 — Nick Cidado threw two touchdown passes and ran for another for the Tigers.
Milton Academy 43, St. George’s 8 — Freshman Mike Silva and junior Luke Macdonald combined to rush for 157 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Belmont Hill 38, Groton 11 — Harry Kraft (17 for 27, 250 yards) threw for four touchdowns and ran for another .
Lawrence Academy 49, St. Mark’s 6 — Freshman A.J. Dillon rushed for 190 yards and three touchdowns.
Blue Hills 36, Bishop Connolly 22 — Dimitri Revolus had 150 yards and three rushing touchdowns as the Warriors remained unbeaten.
Duxbury 29, Silver Lake 0 — Bobby Maimaron tossed two TD passes as the 12th-ranked Dragons improved to 2-1.
Bridgewater-Raynham 32, New Bedford 0 — Seventh-ranked B-R was led by junior Brandon Gallagher who carried 20 times for 232 yards and three touchdowns for the Trojans (3-1).