Whittier needed overtime Saturday afternoon to advance to the Division 5 North semifinals as the Wildcats knocked off St. Mary’s, 22-14.
“We have a ton of respect for their program. Today was a heavyweight boxing match and we were left standing,” Whittier coach Kevin Bradley said.
With the score tied at 14, overtime began with Whittier in possession. Quarterback Connor Bradley could feel the St. Mary’s linebackers bearing down and his reflexes took over. The senior checked down to his third option, Robbie Gramstorff, who was open in the flat. Bradley chucked a dart through the wind, hit Gramstorff in stride, and the back dove in for the score.
Jesus Sanchez plunged in for the 2-point conversion and a 22-14 lead and all the pressure shifted to St. Mary’s.
After two unsuccessful runs and an incomplete pass, it all came down to fourth down. Whittier defensive end Jorge Martinez flew off the line and got pressure on quarterback Antonio Felix. The throw sailed high and, after two hours in the rain, the Whittier fans rushed the field with a vengeance.
“It was complete chaos. Just like a mosh pit out there,” Kevin Bradley said.
Bradley’s defense had come up huge in the clutch all afternoon. The Spartans tied the game with under a minute left in regulation and needed a point for the win, but, with the wind howling, coach Matt Durgin elected to go for 2. The Wildcats made the stop on the 6-inch line, which forced overtime.
Governor’s Academy 25, BB&N 6 — Ryan Day scored two touchdowns and the Governors improved to 6-1 and in a three-way tie for first in the ISL with a week to play.
Milton Academy 36, Middlesex — Sophomore Michael Silva and junior Domenic Cozier ran for 167 and 212 yards, respectively. Silva also had two touchdowns for the Mustangs (6-2).
St. George’s 24, Nobles 13 — Isaac McCray ran for two touchdowns and passed for another and the visiting Dragons forced three turnovers.
Roxbury Latin 14, Rivers 7 — Foxes’ Peter Cahill threw touchdown passes of 10 and 49 yards to Sean Lowrie.
North Reading 54, Arlington Catholic 6 — Sophomore Matt McCarthy rushed for four touchdowns in the first half and five overall for the Hornets.
Canton 28, Randolph 8 — Jahran Reynolds broke through with a 3-yard touchdown run after a scoreless first quarter and the Bulldogs also got touchdowns from Anthony Ross, Joe Bires and Yanni Papadopoulas.
Acton-Boxborough 43, Lawrence 8 — JT Kelly (11 rushes, 81 yards) ran for two touchdowns for the Colonials.
Northeast 48, Manchester Essex 25 — Sophomore Anthony Sousa made his first start at quarterback completing 6 of 9 passes for 130 yards and one touchdown for the Golden Knights. Senior Kevin Rosado had 15 carries for 260 yards and three touchdowns and classmate Pedro DelTorro had five carries for 130 yards and three touchdowns, and two receptions for 60 yards.
Franklin 28, Brookline 14 — Senior running back Daevon Weathers had 38 carries for 234 yards to lead the Panthers.
Wellesley 41, Barnstable 21 — The Raiders’ TJ Noonan ran 12 times for 135 yards and two touchdowns, and teammate quarterback Jake Mohan passed for 128 yards, two scores, and added 68 yards on the ground.
Silver Lake 26, Pembroke 7 — Xavier Dillingham had touchdown runs of 5 and 20 yards to power the visiting Lakers.
Billerica 30, Malden Catholic 8 — Junior tailback Drew Laundry ran for 266 yards on 29 carries and scored three touchdowns as the visiting Indians won their first game of the season.
Austin Prep 38, Greater Lowell 0 — Senior fullback Ian Perkins had 143 yards on 20 carries and Matt Liberacki had 139 yards on 22 carries for the Cougars.
Pentucket 22, Newburyport 9 — Quarterback Pat Freiermuth threw for a touchdown and ran for another as the host Sachems (4-4) rallied.
Chelsea 20, Lynn Tech 6 — Kalvin Duran and Sammy Rivera scored third-quarter touchdowns to break open a 7-6 game.
Old Colony 24, Upper Cape 14 — Senior Cole Bernier rushed for three touchdowns and threw for one more for the Cougars.
Diman 30, Holbrook 14 — Richard Ortero scored two late touchdowns to lead the Bengals.
Milton 34, Hingham 12 — Quarterback Mike Fallon led the Wildcats (3-5) with three passing touchdowns, two to Alex Toyias.
Division 3NE North
Beverly 12, Wilmington 0 — Christian Miller had 61 yards on 13 carries for the Panthers.
Tewksbury 34, Danvers 6 — James Sullivan rushed for three scores as the host Redmen (6-2) surged past the Falcons.
Division 3NW North
Concord-Carlisle 21, Burlington 0 — Junior Kejuan Farquharson had 15 carries for 155 yards and two touchdowns for the Patriots.
Division 3SE South
Dartmouth 21, Nauset 0 — Jack McCabe was the standout player of the game for the Indians, scoring all three touchdowns and also adding 12 tackles.
Division 4 South
Foxborough 14, Westwood 13 — Nolan Rogers plunged in from a yard out to tie the game and Kyle Will booted the extra point for the lead with a minute left in regulation for the host Warriors (6-2). Foxborough will travel to top-seeded Holliston (8-0) for the Division 4 South semifinals.
Brooks 24, Groton 12 — The Bishops (6-1) overcame a 12-7 halftime deficit with the help of two Groton fumbles. Chris Cervizzi ran for 237 yards and two scores.
St. Mark’s 33, Thayer 8 — Lions quarterback Logan Lee was 8-for-12 passing for 272 yards and four touchdowns.
Leicester 27, Burncoat 0 — Senior Shawn Mott ran for 81 yards and a touchdown, and sophomore Sam Laviolette rushed for 66 yards and two TDs to lift the visiting Wolverines (2-6) over the Patriots (1-7) at Foley Stadium. Leicester senior defensive end Matt Shiner had two sacks among his seven tackles.
Gardner 23, Tantasqua 6 — Senior Jake Shetrawski carried 35 times for 226 yards and a touchdown to lift the host Wildcats (3-5) past the Warriors (1-7), Gardner’s second straight win. The Wildcats led, 14-0, at halftime -- Matt Seward threw a 68-yard scoring pass to Dominic Martins in the first quarter, then ran it in from the 2 in the second. The second TD capped a 16-play drive with 12 rushes, most coming from Shetrawski, who had the conversion run. In the third quarter, Shetrawski capped a 10-play drive with a 1-yard scoring run and kicked the extra point. Matt Bressette had a 29-yard TD run in the fourth quarter for Tantasqua, which lost its seventh straight.
Oxford 12, Ayer Shirley 7 — Colby Andrews had a 40-yard rushing touchdown and gained 80 yards of total offense, while adding an interception on defense to lead the host Pirates (1-7) over the Panthers (0-8). Neko Murray (52 rushing yards) added a 12-yard score for Oxford, while Joe Cherron had 50 yards rushing and was a force on defense with three fumble recoveries and an interception. John Aubin had three sacks as Oxford’s defense made the most of six turnovers (2 interceptions, 4 fumble recoveries), as Nate Shultz led the way with 12 tackles.
Sutton 24, Nashoba Valley Tech 20 — Junior Tom Mooney returned an interception 42 yards for a touchdown with just under two minutes left to win it for the host Sammies (3-5). Earlier in the fourth quarter, Mooney caught a 28-yard TD pass from sophomore Tucker Haerle to bring Sutton to within 20-18. The Sammies’ defense denied the Vikings (2-6) on fourth-and-goal from the 8 in the final moments. Senior Kevin Lewis had a hand in all 20 Nashoba Tech points, throwing for two touchdowns, running for another and passing for a 2-point conversion.
Division 2 Central
Fitchburg 22, St. John’s (Shrewsbury) 15 — Darius Flowers tossed two touchdown passes, while Facundo Isas rushed for a touchdown as the No. 7 Red Raiders stunned the No. 2 Pioneers in Shrewsbury. Flowers hit Nik Myles for a 50-yard touchdown pass to give Fitchburg a 7-3 lead in the first quarter, then found Manny Payton for a 21-yard score in the fourth quarter. Flowers added the conversion rush to make it 22-15. Shane Combs rushed for two touchdowns (1 and 57 yards) for St. John's. Fitchburg will face Wachusett in a semifinal game next week, while St. John’s will play North Middlesex.
Division 4 Central
St. Peter-Marian 30, Worcester North 0 — Anthony Baldino rushed for two touchdowns and Seamus Leary added another as the host Guardians blanked the Polar Bears to advance to the Division 4 semifinals. Demetrious Lopez had a scoop and score for a 20-yard touchdown in the second quarter, while Brian Donahue kicked a 22-yard field goal and had three extra points.
Division 5 Central
Uxbridge 6, David Prouty 0 — Jake Taparausky found Josh Callinan for a 7-yard touchdown pass in overtime, then the Spartans’ Jon Sylvia recovered a fumble at the 1-yard line to seal the win. Taparausky was 4 of 10 passing for 37 yards for Uxbridge, while Cam Stewart had 102 yards on 23 carries and Sylvia gained 20 yards on six carries. David Prouty’s Tyler Golden had 107 yards on 30 carries and Tristan Day had 16 carries for 59 yards.
Division 6 Central
Blackstone Valley 39, Assabet 6 — The Beavers scored four times in the second quarter and took a 39-0 lead in the third quarter to roll past the Aztecs at Milford High. Andrew Carroll tossed touchdown passes to four players, while Ben Reiffarth rushed for two touchdowns (57 and 16 yards). Billy Soto scored on a 44-yard run in the fourth quarter for the Aztecs.Follow Ryan on twitter @RyanRLeger.