Trailing for only the second time this season, Blackstone Valley Tech needed big plays, and quarterback Nic Wojnar delivered.
The senior scored five touchdowns, four on the ground and one through the air, as Valley Tech defeated Maynard, 40-20, Saturday in a Division 6 Central Mass. quarterfinal.
“I can’t say enough about Nic Wojnar,” Valley Tech coach Jim Archibald said after the Beavers remained unbeaten at 8-0, joining Littleton and O’Bryant as the only unbeaten Division 6 schools in the state. “There was a time tonight where he was just running through tackles and really punishing people.”
Valley Tech found itself trailing, 14-13, in the second quarter, only the second time this season the Beavers were behind.
Wojnar was on fire, taking the Beavers 54 yards for a score with just 15 seconds left before halftime. He capped the drive with a 1-yard touchdown run and connected with Matthew Wagner for the 2-point conversion to give Valley Tech breathing room with a 21-14 halftime advantage.
“At halftime, we challenged the defense: Get us the ball back and we’ll score,” Archibald said.
Mission accomplished, as the Beavers forced Maynard to punt on its first two possessions of the second half.
Taking advantage of great field position, Wojnar threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Andrew Carroll and ran for a 23-yard touchdown to give them a 34-14 lead in the third quarter.
Division 3 Northeast
Tewksbury 43, Somerville 7 — James Sullivan carried 10 times for 137 yards and two touchdowns for the Redmen (8-0).
Division 4 North
Lynnfield 34, Stoneham 12 — Dan Sullivan threw for three scores for the Pioneers (8-0).
Division 5 North
Northeast 50, Lowell Catholic 20 — Kevin Rosado scored four touchdowns and the Golden Knights (8-0) broke it open with 22 second-quarter points.
Austin Prep 36, Whittier 0 — Senior Jonathan Saurman ran for 148 yards and three touchdowns for the Cougars (6-2).
Division 6 South
Cohasset 35, Nantucket 6 — Junior Cole Kissick had 126 yards and two TDs.
Ipswich 40, Saugus 39 — Nate Glaster scored four touchdowns, including the winner in the fourth quarter.
Minuteman 44, Marian 6 — Zahir Ramsey had five touchdowns for the Mustangs.
Swampscott 54, Arlington Catholic 40 — Desmond Wilhelmen scored three straight second-quarter touchdowns.