Isaac Nascimento brought his 27th carry of the night into the end zone with eight seconds left, giving Wareham a 28-21 victory over Somerset Berkley and its first South Coast Conference title since 2006.
“That was a big spark,” said Nascimento. “I believe that put us as the No. 1 seed.”
Nascimento finished with 178 yards on 27 carries and three scores, giving him 19 touchdowns this season.
Tied at 14-14, Wareham engineered a 99-yard drive early in the fourth quarter to grab the lead.
Wareham took over on downs by stopping the Vikings on fourth and goal, then went the length of the field on 13 plays. Nascimento ran for 60 yards on the drive, which was capped by Elijah McAllister’s score from 4 yards out.
“We had the big stop at the 1,” said Wareham coach Bob Lomp. “And then we put together a long drive, good football, all the backs contributing there.
“I told the offensive line, ‘That’s a championship drive right there.’ ”
Somerset Berkley staged a late scoring drive of its own. The eight-play, 48-yard drive ended with a Chase Stafford rushing touchdown that put the Raiders ahead, 21-20, with 1:47 to play.
Steven Fralick (142 yards on 14 carries, 2 TDs) converted on a pair of third downs during the drive.
Wareham began its final drive with a pair of short gains by Nascimento and McAllister, setting up third and 6 from the Vikings’ 42. Nascimento, who had completed just one pass all night, stepped up to find Guilherme Jalo for 14 yards and a first down.
Nascimento would complete two more passes — 13 yards to Erik Zine and 24 yards to Legend Fernandes. The latter set up a first and goal for the Vikings with 12 seconds to go.
“Since Pop Warner, I expect a lot out of [Fernandes] and he delivers every time,” Nascimento said. “A big thanks to my guys there, they stayed disciplined on the routes.”
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