It didn’t happen as planned, with a state record on a night when Natick won a playoff game. But in spite of last week’s dissapointment on the Cape, the No. 8 Redhawks celebrated Friday night, beating visiting Needham, 28-14, behind quarterback Troy Flutie, who had three touchdown passes to break the state’s all-time career record.
His second touchdown pass gave Flutie 104, one more than former Everett quarterback Jonathan DiBiaso. Flutie now has 40 TD passes on the year and 105 for his career.
Last week, Flutie and the Redhawks lost to Barnstable in the Division 2 South semifinals and Flutie had just one touchdown pass, leaving him one shy of tying the record. But against 18th-ranked Needham it was a different story. A first-quarter pass to Alex Hilger put Natick up, 7-0, and tied DiBiaso’s mark. Moments later, Flutie hit Hilger again for his record 104th career touchdown pass.
The 14-0 lead was shortlived. Needham (7-3) scored twice in the second quarter on runs by Ryan Charter and Mike Panepinto to tie it. But just before the half, Flutie and Hilger hooked up for a third time and Natick took a 21-14 lead into halftime.
After a scoreless third, Natick (9-1) upped the lead to 28-14 on Chad Kidd’s 1-yard run with 5:16 left to play.
Wellesley 61, Marshfield 52 — Quarterback John Fadule set a school record with eight TDs to lead the Raiders. He threw for 444 yards and six touchdowns and also rushed for 76 yards and two scores.
North Reading 48, Weston 17 — CJ McCarthy rushed for 228 yards and five TDs for the Hornets. It was the second straight game that McCarthy had five scores.
Lowell 21, Acton-Boxboro 14 — Ngaiiva Mason recorded 129 rushing yards and Brian Dolan had a pair of TD passes for the No. 17 Red Raiders.
Bridgewater-Raynham 24, BC High 6 — Arcel Armstead rushed for 112 yards and two TDs for the No. 20 Trojans.
Reading 19, Haverhill 9 — Two rushing TDs from Drew Belcher lifted the Rockets.
Franklin 7, Brockton 0 — Nick Zucco’s 2-yard TD run broke a scoreless tie in the fourth for the Panthers (5-5).
Weymouth 45, New Bedford 44 — David Harrison did it all for the Wildcats, rushing for 254 yards and three TDs and throwing for 135 yards and another score.
Burlington 37, Winchester 7 — Senior Shane Farley was 13 of 22 for 217 yards and two TDs and also ran for a score for the host Red Devils (4-6).
Andover 26, Chelmsford 14 — Ryan Payne rushed for a 25-yard score and drilled a 37-yard field goal in the Golden Warriors’ win.
Lawrence 28, Peabody 26 — Nelson Valerio passed for 293 yards and four TDs to propel the Lancers.
Taunton 24, Braintree 14 — Domingo Jenkins rushed for 190 yards and two TDs for the visiting Tigers (5-5).
Boston Latin 40, Belmont 29 — Roy Bahnam threw three TDs and rushed for another to lead the Wolfpack.
Medway 28, Foxborough 0 — Anthony Parchesky rushed for 152 yards and scored all four TDs in the Mustangs’ win.
Cambridge 20, Lynn English 6 — Elijah Booker had eight catches for 213 yards and two TDs for the host Falcons (4-6).
Nantucket 17, Mashpee 14 — Senior Saugat Mali drilled a 23-yard field goal, the first of his career, as time expired to lift the visiting Whalers (5-5).
New Mission 20, Matignon 8 — Steven Thomas had 150 rushing yards on eight carries with two touchdowns for the visiting Titans.