FOXBOROUGH — In a thrilling Week 2 showdown between Scituate and Duxbury, the Sailors went for a 2-point conversion after a touchdown with 35 seconds remaining, fumbled the snap, and lost by one.
There was no doubt in Scituate coach Herb Devine’s mind that he would go for 2 again if the opportunity presented itself.
In the rematch Friday at Gillette Stadium — with the stakes magnified in the Division 4 Super Bowl — Andrew Bossey scored from 10 yardswith 27 seconds left and Keegan Sullivan spun his way into the end zone to solidify a scintillating 14-13 victory.
“It was a fitting end to be able to go for 2 this time, execute the play, and go for the win,” Devine said.
The Sailors (11-2) found a way to capture their second Super Bowl, and first since 2018, and the Dragons (10-2) came up just short. Sullivan, a senior who was playing with a sprained ankle, finished with eight carries, 79 yards, a rushing touchdown, an interception, and the winning points.
Scituate never led until the final minute, but it delivered when it mattered most.
“We put in so much work to get to this point,” Sullivan said. “A lot of people didn’t think we were going to make it here or beat them, and we did. It’s just awesome.”
The Dragons built a 10-0 lead through one quarter on a 21-yard touchdown pass from junior Matt Festa (14 for 29, 184 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT; 16 carries, 66 yards) to Chris Walsh with 8:28 remaining and 33-yard field goal from Dennen Sullivan with 54 seconds left.
The Sailors scored just over a minute into the second, Sullivan delivering on fourth and goal from the 1. Duxbury sophomore Finn Carley blocked the extra point.
Both sides had chances in the first half. Brendan Bonner came up with a key stop for the Dragons on fourth and goal, denying Sullivan at the 1. Duxbury then marched downfield and got to the 1 itself, but an illegal shift led to a missed field goal and kept Duxbury’s lead at 10-6 at the half.
“I mean, it wasn’t easy,” Devine said. “It was a bumpy road the whole game. I think both teams, both defenses played outstanding tonight.”
After a scoreless, punt-heavy third quarter, Mike Graham and Sullivan intercepted passes for the Dragons early in the fourth. Neither side converted, but Bonner’s pick with 4:24 left set up a 25-yard Sullivan field goal with 2:03 remaining.
The Sailors then pieced together a 65-yard drive – the drive of a lifetime – to cement their place in high school football lore.
For the Dragons, it was a heartbreaking end to a stellar season.
“This is what we knew we were coming into, and I loved it,” senior captain Delby Lemieux said. “Getting to play down to the very last minute was so fun. It’s not the outcome we wanted, but I love every single one of these guys.”
Scituate 14, Duxbury 13
at Gillette Stadium, Foxborough
Duxbury (10-2) 10 0 0 3 — 13
Scituate (11-2) 0 6 0 8 — 14
D — Chris Walsh 21 pass from Matt Festa (Dennen Sullivan kick)
D — Dennen Sullivan 33 field goal
S — Keegan Sullivan 1 run (kick blocked)
D — Dennen Sullivan 25 field goal
S — Andrew Bossey 10 run (Keegan Sullivan run)
RUSHING — D, Matt Festa 18-55; S, Keegan Sullivan 11-14, James Cannon 1-4
PASSING — D, Matt Festa 14-29-1-184; S, Henry Gates 16-32--206
RECEIVING — D, Brady Madigan 6-91, Chris Walsh 4-41, Alex Barlow 3-40, Matt Ciesielski 1-10; S, James Cannon 7-115, Keegan Sullivan 8-79, Daniel DeCoste 1-12
Trevor Hass can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.