CANTON — In a Mayflower Large League stacked full of contenders vying for a playoff spot, Bristol-Plymouth inched a bit closer to clinching a berth with a tough, 30-24 win over rival Blue Hills on Friday night.
With their third consecutive victory, the Craftsman (5-1, 3-1 in league) put a huge dent in the Warriors’ playoff hopes, sending Blue Hills (4-2, 2-2) to their second straight loss.
“It was a chess match,” said B-P coach John Parris. “We told our kids all week that this was a biggie. This new playoff scheme is about rankings and points, but we focus on our league first. We have to look at the league and if we can finish in first or second in this league, that’s what we’re looking for.’’
The win leaves B-P and Diman fighting for the league title. They both currently have just one Mayflower Large loss, but Diman holds the head-to-head advantage because of a win over the Craftsman.
Blue Hills scored the first two touchdowns on runs of 31 and 3 yards by Dimitri Revolus (three touchdowns), but fizzled late in the second quarter and into the second half when the Craftsmen scored three consecutive touchdowns. Tied at 16 at the half, both sides traded scores in the third quarter before senior Elijah Jones ran 70 yards for the winning TD with 3:30 left in the quarter.
“Green. Just green grass, that’s all I saw,” said Jones of his run through the teeth of the Blue Hills defense.
Jones couldn’t help but look forward to an even larger goal.
“Our coach told us this win was crucial and if we did not win our chances of making the playoffs was slim. But to win the league was our goal last year and this year it’s a Super Bowl, so we’re going for it.”