Seniors Tom Saponaro and Hunter Arnold notched rushing touchdowns and defensive back Will Tejeda added a timely interception in the second half as Acton-Boxboro shut out Lincoln-Sudbury, 14-0, Friday night for its first win over the Warriors in five years.
The win sends No. 18 Acton-Boxboro into a winner-take-all matchup with Waltham next Saturday for the Dual County Large title. The Colonials will be looking for their first postseason berth since 2008.
“This is a big win for our kids,” said coach Bill Maver, now in his 28th season with the Colonials. “We haven’t beat L-S in the last four years. It was the same last week with Chelmsford — they had beaten us the last four years. Those are two big wins for us. Waltham beat us pretty good last year, so hopefully we can score another big win.”
Acton-Boxboro (5-1) took little time before scoring in front of the home crowd. Saponaro sneaked in a 4-yard rush in the first quarter, and after a blocked point-after attempt, the Colonials had a 6-0 lead.
Trailing by 6 midway through the third quarter, and facing a third down at the A-B 25, Lincoln-Sudbury elected to throw for the end zone. The ball found Tejeda instead, as the senior’s interception quelled the Warriors’ drive.
With just over four minutes in regulation, Arnold dived in from 1 yard out on a keeper to give the Colonials a two-possession lead. Saponaro broke several tackles as he rushed in the 2-point conversion.
“We want to win the league,” said Maver. “Our No. 1 goal is to win the DCL and that’s next week at Waltham. We haven’t even thought about the playoffs.”
Dennis-Yarmouth 48, Falmouth 0 — Spencer Tyler threw for 160 yards and three scores to lead the host Dolphins.
Natick 42, Milton 19 — Troy Flutie continued his aerial assault, passing for four TDs to lead the No. 2 Red Hawks (6-0).
Walpole 35, Norwood 6 — Sophomore Steve Cuqua had 16 carries for 185 yards and three TDs to lead the No. 20 Rebels.
Boston English 24, West Roxbury 6 — Emmanuel Almonte had over 100 yards rushing and three TDs for the Eagles (3-3).
Brighton 29, New Mission 0 — Jalen Apperwhite had 157 yards of offense (79 rushing, 78 passing) and a passing TD to lead the Bengals (6-0).
O'Bryant 41, South Boston 6 — Mehki Williams broke the game open for Tigers with three rushing touchdowns in the first half.
Dorchester 36, East Boston 0 — Demetrius Leary had a pair of 1-yard touchdown runs to propel the Bears (4-2).
Xaverian 35, Malden Catholic 8 — Jake Farrell had two TD passes, and AJ King returned a punt for a score and caught a TD pass for the No. 4 Hawks (5-1).
Northeast 26, Shawsheen 14 — Kevin Rosado and Christian Perez each scored two rushing touchdowns for the host Golden Kights (6-0).
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Bedford 14, Wayland 2 — Olan Abner rushed for 98 yards and a pair of TDs in the second half for the Buccaneers (4-1).
Everett 34, Somerville 0 — Raheem Wingard scored two rushing touchdowns as the top-ranked Crimson Tide rolled.
Attleboro 45, Taunton 0 — Tim Walsh threw two TDs and rushed for another as the Bombardiers (5-1) routed the Tigers.
Stoughton 26, Sharon 3 — Junior Joseph Girolamo ran for 105 yards and two TDs in helping the Black Knights move to 5-1.
Foxborough 28, Canton 7 — Tim O'Halloran had six receptions for 111 yards and two TDs to lead the Warriors.
Bishop Connolly 41, Southeastern 20 — Alex Medeiros raced for three touchdowns, including two of 50-plus yards, to boost the Cougars (4-2).
Lowell 14, Chelmsford 13 — Ngaiiva Mason rushed for two scores for the No. 11 Red Raiders, who escaped after the Lions missed a PAT with just seconds remaining in the game.
North Andover 27, Methuen 26 — Casey Walsh led the Scarlet Knights with 218 yards passing and a pair of TDs. Austin George-Williams had three TDs passing and kicked two field goals for the Rangers, who scored with 1:23 left but could not convert the 2-point conversion.
Stoneham 24, Wakefield 23 — Aaron Louis had 172 yards rushing and a TD, Darius McPherson added another 157 yards on the ground and two scores, and the Spartans (3-3) edged the Warriors.
Burlington 40, Watertown 27 — Guiseppe Mollica scored two second-half touchdowns for the visiting Red Devils (3-3).
Melrose 19, Wilmington 6 — Malik Garrett had two rushing TDs and threw for another for the visiting Red Raiders.
Lynn Classical 38, Winthrop 12 — Devin Crayton and Brad Scuzzarella each rushed for a pair of touchdowns to lead the Rams (3-3).
Revere 23, Peabody 13 — Tommy Portrait threw for 175 yards and two TDs and added 110 yards rushing to lead the Patriots (1-5) to their first victory.
East Bridgewater 20, Norwell 16 — Mike Ross had a rushing TD and a receiving touchdown in the host Vikings’ win.
Mashpee 56, Monomoy 38 — Robert Andrade piled up 491 all-purpose yards and accounted for six TDs — three on kickoffs — to lead the Falcons.
Holliston 41, Medfield 14 — Matt Jeye had five TD passes as the Panthers (6-1) rolled.
Catholic Memorial 17, Malden 7 — Zack O'Brien returned an interception 55 yards for a TD, and Kevin Claflin rushed for 89 yards on 11 carries for the Knights.
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