Gloucester picked an opportune time to take its first lead Saturday. And because of it, its league-title dream lives on.
Jordan Pallazola’s 10-yard touchdown run and ensuing 2-point conversion rush in the second overtime gave the Fishermen (5-2, 3-1) an 8-point lead at Swampscott, and their defense made a stop when it needed one to escape with a 32-30 victory.
After Pallazola’s go-ahead score, Brendan McDonald found the end zone on a 3-yard run to bring the Big Blue within 2, but they couldn’t extend the game when the conversion run came up shy of the goal line.
The win keeps Gloucester’s Northeastern North title hopes alive as it grabbed a half-game lead on idle Marblehead.
But now the Fishermen can only watch. Gloucester has a bye next week, while the Magicians (5-1, 2-1) host Lynn English Friday night. If Marblehead wins, it wins the league title and earns the automatic bid to the playoffs since it owns the tiebreaker after its 35-33 win over the Fishermen on Oct. 4.
Gloucester can still make the playoffs with an at-large bid into the Division 3 Northeast bracket based on its power rating, which will be finalized after the completion of games next Saturday.
Swampscott (1-5, 0-3) held a 21-14 lead in the fourth quarter, but John Curcuru knotted the score for the Fishermen with a 15-yard touchdown run to send the game to overtime.
In the first overtime, Big Blue kicker Jeremy Epstein drilled a 30-yard field goal, but Gloucester responded with a field goal of its own on Elijah Horne’s 21-yarder to force the second overtime.
Plymouth North 20, Nauset 0 — Christian Carr carried 30 times for 169 yards and two scores for the Blue Eagles (4-2).
Newton North 28, Framingham 18 — Jack Boucher threw for two touchdowns, rushed for two more, and had an interception on defense for the Tigers (3-3).
Pentucket 27, Saugus 10 — D.J. Engelke had two TDs as the Sachems (5-0) came back from 10 down to clinch the Cape Ann Kinney title.
Austin Prep 22, Archbishop Williams 20 — In overtime, Nicholas Mulcahy scored on a 4-yard rush and punched in the 2-point conversion.
St. Clement 48, Matignon 0 — Brandon Williams had four carries for 178 yards and three touchdowns.
Bishop Fenwick 34, St. Mary’s 6 — Rufus Rushins ran for 135 yards and two touchdowns and the visiting Crusaders (6-0) clinched the Catholic Central Large title.
Whittier 43, Greater Lowell 6 — Jesus Sanchez ran for 178 yards and a touchdown, while Connor Bradley passed for 204 yards and three touchdowns and added a rushing TD.
Somerset Berkley 32, Martha’s Vineyard 0 — Chip Wood had 268 total yards and four TDs.
Bishop Stang 14, Bishop Feehan 7 — Sophomore quarterback Matt Golden rushed for 89 yards on 21 carries and two touchdowns for the Spartans.
Dexter 44, Hebron (Maine) 14 — Visiting Dexter improved to 5-0 led by Luke Cuneo, who was 16-of-26 passing for 344 yards and five touchdowns.
Belmont Hill 49, Thayer 27 — Senior Greg Plumb rushed for 126 yards and three touchdowns for Belmont Hill (4-1). Junior quarterback Harry Kraft was 10 of 12 for 146 yards.
Diman 33, Tri-County 8 — Johnny Padilla scored two touchdowns and Diman moved within a win of clinching the Mayflower Large title. Diman (5-1) faces Bishop Connolly next week.