MEDFIELD — When Medfield rallied for a 14-14 tie with 47 seconds left in regulation on Mitchell Gonser’s 7-yard keeper and subsequent point-after from Cameron Lynn, Ryan Kelleher stayed composed.
In overtime, the Hopkinton High junior QB fired a 5-yard strike to Will Abbott, his third touchdown of the game, along with a two-point toss to Matt Lindquist for a 22-14 lead.
Gonser answered with a 3-yard rush for 22-20, but the junior quarterback was denied on his conversion pass, enabling the Hillers (4-0) to pull out thrilling Tri-Valley League victory on Thursday night.
“That’s kind of what we’ve seen from this team in tight situations and they’ve risen to the challenge,” said Hopkinton coach Jim Girard.
“There’s a never quit attitude in there. They have very good perspective. They keep things in check.”
Despite scoring 132 points the first three weeks, Medfield could not find a solution to Hopkinton’s stingy defense in the first three and a half quarters, and the Warriors (3-1) trailed 14-0.
But Gonser connected with Jake Dubbs for a 26-yard touchdown pass with under three minutes to go in regulation. The Warriors were held to 25 total yards in the first half. But Gonser threw for 170 in the second half, including 70 on the game-tying drive.
In the overtime period, Hopkinton began from the 5 after an immediate Warrior penalty, setting up a slant from Kelleher (17-of-23 passing, 190 yards) to Abbott for the second time in the game. He leads Division 4 with 12 touchdown passes.
“We stayed positive,” said Girard. “In overtime, we felt we had a good shot to score given we threw the ball well all night.”Dan Shulman can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.