Bridgewater-Raynham turns back Natick

Barry Chin/globe staff

B-R running back Devante Greaves (13) breaks loose for a 71-yard touchdown run against Natick.

By Brendan Hall Globe Correspondent 

The boldest decision coach Dan Buron made in Bridgewater-Raynham’s Division 2 South semifinal win over Natick on Friday night wasn’t actually intended to be a decision at all.

Already up, 21-7, with less than a minute to go in the first half after a 71-yard touchdown scamper by Devante Greaves (27 carries, 198 yards, 3 TDs), the Trojans went for what looked like a surprise onside kick that went off a Natick player’s leg and was recovered by a B-R player.


A few plays later, the Trojans scored again for a three-touchdown halftime lead, points that turned out to be important as they fought off a RedHawks rally to prevail, 42-21, and punch their ticket to a second straight sectional final.

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“That was huge, because we were playing great but I think we get complacent — it’s happened all year,” Buron said of that final minute of the first half. “Luckily, [Greaves] breaks that, and then . . . it was not an onside kick, we just hit the kid and things went our way. But thank God, because that was the difference in score for a while.”

The Trojans (8-1) dominated time of possession to start the contest, taking a 14-0 lead and holding the RedHawks (7-1) to just 13 yards on their first three drives, before Natick managed to get itself off the canvas. Christian D’Antonio found Max Ferrucci deep down the left seam heading for the post for a 40-yard strike, setting up Malik Williams’s 3-yard scoring plunge two plays later and cutting B-R’s lead in half with 1:08 to go in the first half.

But B-R struck a vicious counterpunch. The first play of the Trojans’ ensuing drive went to paydirt, Greaves shooting up the right side for a 71-yard score with 47 seconds to go. The Trojans recovered the onside kick, and five plays later made it 28-7 on a 25-yard tip-toe catch by Jeff Ciccio at the back pylon with just 10 seconds before the break.

Down, 35-7, in the third, Natick got two quick scores, first a 35-yard strike from D’Antonio to Ferrucci then a 6-yard D’Antonio keeper in which the senior initially appeared to have been stopped on forward progress, only to break free into the end zone.


But after falling on an onside kick at their own 35 to start the fourth quarter, the Trojans strung together a monster 13-play, 65-yard, eight-minute drive to seal the win, capped with a 1-yard Bryce Shaw plunge with 2:55 to go.

Division 1 North

Central Catholic 45, Methuen 21Senior Max Faro scored twice from 10 yards out in the first half as the second-ranked Raiders (8-0) opened a 31-0 lead in the semifinals.

Division 2 North

North Andover 35, Chelmsford 33 — Junior Jake McElroy (three passing touchdowns, two rushing) led the Scarlet Knights (8-1) past the Lions (4-5).

Lincoln-Sudbury 52, Masconomet 21 — Senior Andrew Marshall racked up 180 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries to lead the top-seeded Warriors (9-0) in the semifinal romp.

Division 3 North

Lynn English 34, Billerica 15 — Junior Matt Severance (3-of-5 passing, 187 yards) threw a pair of TD passes — including strikes of 99 and 49 yards to Tyshon Anderson — and rushed for two more for the unbeaten Bulldogs (9-0). English registered two sacks and recovered its own onside kick.

‘‘I think our physicality is huge, up front and all around,’’ said Severance. ‘‘That’s a good Billerica team, but we got it done tonight.’’

Division 4 North


Melrose 27, North Reading 26 — Issac Seide had three rushing touchdowns to lead the No. 17 Red Raiders (9-0), who denied North Reading’s 2-point conversion with 22 seconds left to win the game. Jake Bedell had three touchdowns for the Hornets (6-3) in the loss.

Marblehead 24, Wilmington 17 — Senior Seamus Keaney intercepted Wildcat quarterback Graham Smith with under a minute to play to preserve the victory for the Magicians (9-0) and stave off a fierce second-half comeback.

Division 5 North

Lynnfield 26, Newburyport 7 — Senior Nick Kinnon and Matt Mortellite had two touchdowns each for the Pioneers (8-1). Kinnon caught an 8-yard pass from Mortellite and had a 95-yard kickoff return to start the second half.

Watertown 21, Somerville 20 — Conor Kennelly caught a 32-yard touchdown pass with 12 seconds remaining at Dilboy Stadium, then nailed his third extra point to give the Raiders (5-4) their second straight playoff win on the road.

‘‘I love this team, I love what we have been able to do and we have been great in the two-minute drill for years and no different this year,’’ said Watertown coach John Cacace. ‘‘I am just so proud of the way these guys fight, it was awesome.’’

Division 6 North

Stoneham 44, Shawsheen 39 — Kevin McShane scored on an 8-yard run with 1:52 remaining and the Spartans (7-2) then denied Shawsheen on fourth down to pull out the semifinal win.

Tre Pignone (18 carries, 190 yards) scored four total touchdowns to pace Stoneham. Shawsheen quarterback Cody Sughrue threw for four touchdowns and ran for another one.

Division 7 North

St. Mary’s 46, Greater Lawrence 0 — The 15th-ranked Spartans (9-0) put 38 points on the board in the first half on the way to the semifinal win at Manning Field. In slightly more than two quarters under center, QB Calvin Johnson ran for more than 50 yards and three touchdowns on just a handful of carries. His lone completion was a 37-yard touchdown.

“This is a great atmosphere, and it’s our city, so we put our best out there,” said Johnson. “We love to play here.”

Despite kicking off to open the game, the Spartans took the lead in the first three minutes. After the Reggies (5-4) fumbled two plays into their opening drive, Johnson punched it in from a yard out and then completed the 2-point conversion to give St. Mary’s an 8-0 lead.

After three more Spartan rushing touchdowns — two by senior tailback James Brumfield and one by Johnson — the senior quarterback hooked up with senior Marlon Scott for a 37-yard touchdown to give St. Mary’s a commanding 38-0 lead with 30 seconds left in the first half.

Johnson scored again at the start of the second half for a 46-0 spread. The Reggies fumbled again, this time on the ensuing kickoff.

That was enough to give the Spartans’ starters the rest of the game off.

Through two playoff games, St. Mary’s has yet to allow a point.

“The defense has been playing fantastic, playing to the ball,” said coach Matt Durgin. “They picked a good time to be great.”

Brighton 28, Latin Academy 6 — In the teams’ second meeting in three weeks, William Jean threw two touchdown passes and Jose Vargas rushed for 136 yards and another score to power the Bengals (6-3) into the final. Quincy Taylor snared a TD pass and recovered a blocked punt for another.

Division 8 North

Cathedral 28, Tech Boston 14 — Senior Khamal Headen supplied an 80-yard TD run for the Panthers (8-1).

Division 1 South

Xaverian 28, Needham 0 — Junior back Michael Saliba rushed for two scores as the Hawks (5-4) shut out the Rockets to advance to semifinals against Catholic Memorial.

Division 3 South

Duxbury 38, Hingham 13 — Senior captain Joe Gooley racked up three touchdowns as the second-seeded Dragons (8-1) coasted by the Harbormen and into the sectional final against North Attleborough.

Gooley scored twice in the first half as Duxbury built a 21-0 lead at the break. He added a 2-yard scamper in the third quarter.

North Attleborough 35, Stoughton 12 — Chad Peterson had three rushing touchdowns for the No. 10 Red Rocketeers (8-1).

Division 4 South

Hopkinton 27, Dartmouth 0 — Shane Cooney and Luke D'Aloia each had an interception return for a touchdown to lead the Hillers (9-0), who recorded their fifth shutout of the season.

Milton 20, Silver Lake 14 — Junior Luke McMenamin completed 30-yard TD passes to Isaiah Woodley and William Crowley and junior back Smith Charles ran for 104 yards and a 7-yard TD in the third quarter for the Wildcats (7-1).

Division 5 South

Dennis-Yarmouth 43, Foxborough 7 — Rob Evans (eight rushes, 151 yards) scored three touchdowns as the top-seeded Dolphins (9-0) dominated Foxborough. Jonah Arsenault pitched in with 81 yards on 13 carries with a pair of scores.

Scituate 38, Medfield 21 — Aidan Sullivan was nearly perfect, completing 19 of his 21 passes for 191 yards and three touchdowns to propel the Sailors (8-1) to the semifinal win.

A 15-play, 93-yard drive in the second quarter was the turning point for Scituate, with Andrew Blanchard (28 carries, 105 yards, 2 TDs) delivering a 10-yard scoring run.

Two plays later, Abel Lopes (two interceptions) picked off Medfield QB Mitchell Gonser and took the return 50 yards. That set up Sullivan’s 14-yard TD pass to Max Roche as time expired in the half for a 28-7 margin.

Division 6 South

Old Rochester 12, Rockland 8 — Will Garcia (7 yards) and Harry Smith (6 yards) scored on short runs to power the Bulldogs.

Division 7 South

Abington 28, Nantucket 13 — Senior Mark Kilmain (two touchdowns) led a grinding ground game as the visiting Green Wave (6-3) knocked off the second-seeded Whalers (7-2) on the island.

‘‘We've been coming along little by little,’’ said Abington coach James Kelliher on the ferry ride home. ‘‘We just stepped up and lifted ourselves to the next level tonight.’’ Defensively, the Green Wave contained a solid Nantucket (7-2) run game to advance to the South final.

Division 8 South

Wareham 40, Sacred Heart 8 — The Vikings (8-1) rushed to a 40-0 halftime bulge in the semifinal, with Elijah McAllister and Erik Zine scoring twice. Zine also had an interception.


Belmont 26, Burlington 25 — Tyler Reynolds had a 15-yard touchdown run with under a minute remaining to secure the comeback victory for the Marauders (2-7).

South Coast

Case 32, Apponequet 19 — Devin Proulx (10 carries, 124 yards) rushed for four scores, including a 89-yarder in the first quarter, and tossed a 16-yard TD pass for the Cardinals (5-4). he was 5 for 7 for 73 yards passing.

Dighton-Rehoboth 37, Fairhaven 0 — Senior Dennis Monteiro (four rushing touchdowns) led the Falcons (4-5) past the Blue Devils (4-5)


Pentucket 37, Boston Latin 0 — Brandon Wilbur rushed for 100-plus yards and two scores in the opening quarter to lead the Sachems.

Triton 33, Bedford 28 — Seniors Tommy Lapham (one passing touchdown, one rushing) and Christian O'Brien (two rushing touchdowns) led the Vikings (3-6) past the Bucs.

Marshfield 37, Brockton 35 — Quarterback Jackson Phinney threw for one touchdown and ran for another and Eddie Kielty rushed for a pair of scores for the Rams (5-3). Jaylynn Ellerbe Cundiff hauled in TD passes of 45 and 79 yards for the Boxers.

Bishop Fenwick 26, Essex Tech 19 — David Cifuentes (17 rushes, 125 yard) and Derek DelVecchio (10 rushes, 103 yards) paced the Crusaders (4-5).

East Boston 28, Chelsea 0 — Senior Brandon Ortega rushed for two scores to lead the Jets (4-4) past the Red Devils (2-6).

Braintree 33, Franklin 13 — Junior Billy Silvia (four touchdowns) led the Wamps (6-3) past the Panthers (3-6).

Westwood 35, Sharon 10 — Jake Antonucci returned a punt 60 yards for a score and hauled in a 12-yard scoring pass from Reed Wilson for the Wolverines (2-7).

Milford 36, Holliston 6 — Ryan O'Toole rushed for three touchdowns as the host Hawks (4-5) downed the Panthers.

Concord-Carlisle 27, Winchester 24 — Robert Doherty scored a go-ahead 72-yard touchdown run with under six minutes remaining for the Patriots.

Dedham 24, East Bridgewater 0 — Junior Tyler Martel (three rushing touchdowns) led the Marauders (5-4) past the Vikings (3-6).

West Roxbury 36, Charlestown 0 — Erven Exhilhomme tossed 25-yard TD passes to Luis Pena in the second and third quarters for the Raiders (5-3). The duo also received help from Ishmael Presume, who had nine carries for 110 yards, which included a 35-yard run in the first quarter.


Dexter Southfield 47, Hyde (Maine) 6 — Tyrell Wiggins racked up four touchdowns, punctuated by a 90-yard kickoff return in the second quarter and a 97-yard rush in the fourth, to lead Dexter-Southfield (4-3).


Belmont Hill 21, St. Sebastian’s 20 — Jake Haase hauled in a 4-yard scoring pass in the third quarter from Mike Piazza (8-of-17 passing, 134 yards) and Belmont Hill (4-3) held on for the win. The Arrows (2-5) missed the point-after on a fourth-quarter touchdown. Bill Seidl ran for a 3-yard TD and threw a 14-yard scoring pass for St. Seb's.

BB&N 47, Governor’s Academy 39 — Medfield’s Ryan Eamer threw for 352 yards and four touchdowns on 15-of-23 passing as the host Knights (6-1) held off the Govs (5-2) . He capped the scoring with a 30-yard fourth-quarter strike to Cam Impemda. Zach Cyr scored three TDs, a 90-yard kickoff return in the first quarter the headliner.

Jared Dupre had scoring runs of 80, 6, and 10 yards for the Govs.

Thayer 28, Groton 0 — Senior Kevin Deree (17 carries, 207 yards) scored two touchdowns for the visiting Tigers (5-2).

Roxbury Latin 28, Middlesex 21 — Quarterback Will Greer (127 yards passing, 3 TDs, 131 yards rushing) powered the Foxes (1-6) to their first win of the season.