For the second year in a row Pembroke needed to beat Scituate to earn the Patriot League Fisher Division title, and for the second straight season the Titans took care of business. Pembroke rolled, 32-7, Friday night in Scituate to clinch a playoff spot.
Pembroke got out to a quick lead. After the defense forced a three-and-out on Scituate’s first series, the Titans marched 63 yards in 10 plays, finishing the drive with a 2-yard touchdown run by Colin Claflin.
“We did this last week and we did it again, we just came out really strong in the first half and played well, really putting pressure on them,” said Pembroke coach Bob Bancroft.
After Scituate scored on its next drive to take a 7-6 lead, the Titans struck right back. On first down at the Scituate 48, Pembroke quarterback Cory Brandon escaped pressure, rolled to his left, and threw on the run, finding Claflin at the 30-yard line. Claflin did the rest, avoiding tackles down the left sideline to put Pembroke up, 12-7.
“Cory has really grown up. He is only a junior and the last three games he has really stepped up and done a great job,” said Bancroft.
Thomas Johnson made some big plays on defense for Pembroke (5-3, 3-0).
On Scituate’s second drive he broke up passes on third and fourth down to stop the Sailors in the red zone. In the second quarter he intercepted Mike Stewart, setting up a 16-yard TD pass from Brandon to Nicholas Burns that gave Pembroke a 25-7 lead at the half.
Dawayne Kirton provided most of the offense for Scituate (5-4, 2-1), rushing 19 times for 147 yards and the team’s only score.
Merrimack Valley (Div. 1)
Lowell 42, Andover 35 — Jack Galvin hauled in four touchdown catches, including the winner in the fourth quarter, leading the Red Raiders (7-2, 2-1) to a huge MVC Division 1 win over the Golden Warriors (8-1, 1-1). Galvin finished with 11 catches for 156 yards.
Weymouth 23, Brookline 13 — David Harrison led the No. 14 Wildcats (7-2), rushing for three TDs and 184 yards.
Brockton 41, Catholic Memorial 6 — Aaron LeClair powered the Boxers with three rushing touchdowns and Brockton’s defense forced six turnovers in the rout of the Knights.