PLYMOUTH — There was no shortage of spectators at Mario J. Romano Field for the Thanksgiving game between Plymouth North and Plymouth South.
South defeated North, 40-20, for the first time since 2009.
Plymouth South made a statement on its first drive. Senior running back Devin Guadagno rushed for 51 yards and junior Dylan Oxsen finished it off with a 9-yard touchdown run.
The Panthers went into the game undefeated in the Atlantic Coast League and already had clinched the league title. Schools representing Plymouth have been to postseason many times over the years. Plymouth North has gone to the MIAA postseason three times, Plymouth twice, and Plymouth-Carver twice, but this is South’s first trip.
Oxsen was a force, which is no surprise; he set the school record for touchdowns in a season. Oxsen stepped onto the gridiron with 30 touchdowns and left with 35.
“He’s been doing this all year,” said Plymouth South coach Scott Fry. “He’s continuing to do what he’s done all year. He runs extremely, extremely hard and he ran the ball well today.”
Oxsen rushed for 231 yards on 14 carries and intercepted a pass in the third quarter.
The Eagles scored their first touchdown in the second quarter, but couldn’t offset Oxsen, who scored three more times, building South’s lead to 27-7 at the half.
Plymouth North’s Cullin Cosgrove (10 of 18) completed a 25-yard pass to Corey Boudreau to put his team on the board. It was the sophomore’s 14th TD pass of the season.
Each team scored in the third and fourth quarters, but the Eagles couldn’t keep up with the Panthers. The Panthers’ Nick Eaton contributed a 4-yard TD rush in the fourth.
Plymouth North’s Christian Carr scored the final touchdown with less than a minute to go.
The Plymouth South seniors were overjoyed after the game, ending their last season undefeated in the league, and 8-3 overall.
“We’ve been wanting this all season,” said captain Connor Rossi. “We’ve been talking about finishing as a team and finally committing, and now we’ve got the postseason to worry about. It’s one game at a time.”
Plymouth South will play Natick in the Division 2A playoffs on Tuesday. The site and time of the game will be announced Friday by the MIAA.