NATICK — Flutie did it – again.
For four years, Natick senior quarterback Troy Flutie has produced eye-popping numbers almost on a weekly basis. And Thursday, in his final game, it was no different.
Flutie finished his historic career in style, tossing seven touchdown passes — six in the first half — to lead the eighth-ranked Redhawks to a 48-13 victory over Framingham. The TD passes gave him 112 for his career and 47 for the season, both state records.
Entering the game, Flutie (17 of 23, 237 yards) needed five TD passes to eclipse former Everett quarterback Jonathan DiBiaso for the single-season mark.
“It’s very special for me,’’ Flutie said. “It feels great looking back on all of that, it’s awesome. The high school career I’ve had is special to me and I think it’s special to all of my coaches and teammates. It’s just been fun.”
The Boston College-bound Flutie didn’t waste much time securing the mark. After Jared Abbruzzese (two interceptions) picked off Framingham’s Nathaniel Martino, Flutie fired a pass to the left sideline for Mike Abbruzzese. Abbruzzese spun out of a tackle and made his way to the end zone for Flutie’s record 45th touchdown with 4:12 remaining in the first half. The 15-yard score put Natick up, 34-0.
“I wasn’t even thinking about the record, really,” Flutie said. “I was trying to play the game, trying to win the game. Was just trying my hardest.”
Natick coach Mark Mortarelli concurred, saying the record was not much of a focus.
“Honestly, it really wasn’t,” said Mortarelli, whose squad improved to 10-1. “I’m a firm believer in coaching the game the way you’re supposed to coach the game and don’t worry about records. If they happen, they happen. We didn’t come in and say we’re going to chuck it, chuck it, chuck it. We throw the ball a lot, so that was going to be the game plan anyway.”
That’s exactly what Natick did from the start against Framingham (2-9). On the first drive, the Redhawks went 54 yards in 2:30, with Flutie finding senior Alex Hilger (5 catches, 106 yards, 2 TDs) for a 1-yard score to finish it off.
Junior defensive back Nick Olson (two interceptions), who is expected to replace Flutie at quarterback, picked off Martino on the next drive. Two plays later, Flutie found Mike Abbruzzese for a 13-yard strike.
Flutie then found Scott Warnock and Hilger for scores of 13 and 25 yards to extend the Natick lead to 27-0. Hilger’s touchdown reception was his 15th of the season. Flutie’s final two TDs were to senior Andrew Boynton (13 and 17 yards).
Despite having his name atop the record booksFlutie said there wouldn’t be any bragging when he sat down to Thanksgiving dinner with his famous football family.
“No, they’re all great players,” he said. “They’re all happy for me, my family is happy for me. We’ll enjoy a nice dinner, some family bonding time”
For video of Troy Flutie’s record day go to Boston.com/schools