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D4 SEMIFINALS: MASHPEE 42, BRIGHTON 34

Mashpee holds off Brighton in Division 4 semifinals

Mashpee's Caleb Gonsalves celebrates with teammate, Jason Andrade after Andrade scored in the first half of play, against Brighton in Division 4 state semifinal football, Saturday November 19, 2016, at Cawley Stadium in Lowell. Mark Lorenz for the Boston Globe

Mark Lorenz for The Boston Globe

Mashpee's Caleb Gonsalves and Jason Andrade celebrated after a first-half touchdown by Andrade.

LOWELL — Protecting a 34-28 lead late in the fourth quarter of its Division 4 state semifinal against unbeaten Brighton Saturday afternoon, Mashpee opted for a gutsy call.

After five straight runs, Devaun Ford found Cameron Kergo wide open down the right sideline on a halfback option pass for a 39-yard touchdown, the clinching score in a 42-34 win at Cawley Stadium.

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The Falcons (10-1) will face Western champion Wahconah (10-1) in the Division 4 Super Bowl on Dec. 3 at Gillette Stadium.

“We saw them coming, everybody was coming up front. The key was the corner,” said Mashpee coach Matt Triveri.

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“The corner two or three plays before just attacked [the] run so we thought we had a shot — I thought we had a shot when four coaches were telling me ‘don’t run that.’ ”

His shot paid off — the late score proved to be the winner.

On the ensuing drive, Brighton quarterback Nate Hall connected with Jerrod Clark for a 64-yard touchdown with eight seconds left. Mashpee recovered the onside kick and ran out the clock.

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“You’ve got to play to win,” Triveri said. “You can’t be afraid of what’s going to happen. You’ve got to play to win and you’ve got to take shots.”

Brighton’s William Jean returned the opening kickoff 70 yards for a touchdown, but Mashpee answered with a seven-play scoring drive. Jason Andrade then punched in a 3-yard rush for a 14-8 Mashpee lead.

“I thought early we were great,” Triveri said. “Our line came off the ball and really took the punch to them. I thought we read keys, we attacked, and we played forward.”

In the second quarter, Ford and Kergo connected on a halfback pass, setting up Ford (117 yards rushing) for a 20-yard scoring run and a 20-8 lead at the half.

Mashpee rushed for 262 yards.

Brighton (9-1) made a push in the second half. Hall hit Jean for a 34-yard score before Kevin Brown barreled 28 yards for a TD. Hall then hooked up with Brown for a 49-yard score.

Brandan Blom can be reached at brandan.blom@globe.com.
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