Malden nearly let it slip away.
The Golden Tornadoes led, 27-7, at the half until Cambridge scored 20 unanswered points, including 13 in the fourth quarter, to send the game to overtime knotted up at 27.
But Ray Sainristill gave Malden the lead back with a 4-yard touchdown run and a successful 2-point conversion in overtime, and the defense kept the Falcons out of the end zone to hold on for a 35-27 win at home Saturday.
Loveng Francois’s interception at the 1-yard line sealed it for the Golden Tornadoes (4-1). Malden sacked Cambridge quarterback Marcus Collins the play before to set the Falcons back with third and goal from the 20-yard line, setting up the pick.
Sainristil carried 23 times for 187 yards and three touchdowns.
Trailing by 20, Cambridge’s Shaquille Anderson (two touchdowns) scored from 34 yards in the third to make it a two-possession game.
Muna Anosike brought the Falcons (2-4) within 7 with a 30-yard touchdown grab from Collins in the fourth. Mauro Teixeira followed with a 6-yard touchdown run to tie things up and force overtime.
Sainristil got things going early when he scampered 51 yards for the score to put Malden up, 7-0, in the first. Sainristil made it 13-0 with a 6-yard touchdown run later in the quarter. Anderson got the visitors on the board in the second with a 71-yard run.
Weymouth 17, Newton North 7 — The Wildcats (3-2) forced four turnovers, including a Dylan Vaga 30-yard interception return for a touchdown.
Hamilton-Wenham 14, Manchester Essex 6 — Ian Dickey (145 yards, two touchdowns) and Nate Rawlins (interception and fumble recovery) powered the Generals (2-3).
St. Clement 14, Cathedral 0 — Deron Hines ran for 104 yards and had 15 tackles on defense.
Northeast 42, Greater Lowell 35 — The Golden Knights (5-0) were led by Kevin Rosado’s two touchdowns.
Minuteman 46, Lynn Tech 12 — Senior captains Braedon Kerins (two touchdowns) and Zahir Ramsey (13 solo tackles) led the visitors.
Pingree 58, Kents Hill 0 — The Highlanders (4-0) cleared 50 points for the third straight week, led by John Spears and Sal Fazio with two touchdowns each.
Milton Academy 33, Roxbury Latin 14 — The Mustangs (4-0) stayed perfect as four players found the end zone.
Nobles 28, Thayer 14 — Ryan Vultaggio threw for two touchdowns and rushed for two more to lead the Bulldogs (4-0).
Belmont Hill 9, St. Sebastian’s 7 — Evan Chaletzky’s three field goals were enough to beat the Arrows.
BB&N 14, Lawrence Academy 13 — Matt Bonazolli ran for 188 yards and two touchdowns, including the go-ahead score in the fourth quarter.
Duxbury 35, Whitman-Hanson 14 — After falling behind, 6-0, the Green Dragons (4-1) reeled off 35 straight points led by Devon DeMeritt’s two touchdowns.