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HS FOOTBALL | Boston English/New Mission 18, TECHBOSTON 12

Boston English/New Mission wins OT squeaker

Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff
TechBoston’s Yvan Grand is pulled down by Eric Mack of Boston English/New Mission during their game Friday.

With two minutes left in the fourth quarter Friday, Boston English/New Mission was staring at a 6-point deficit. But with some luck and some grit, things started to fall its way ending in an 18-12 overtime victory.

TechBoston, given a new life after a dropped interception, grabbed a 12-6 lead on a 4-yard scamper by senior standout Marcus Gonzalez (two rushing TDs).

On the ensuing kickoff, three straight penalties (an offsides and two kicks out of bounds) helped English/Mission start at TechBoston’s 34 with a chance of at least at tying.

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The Eagles drove to the goal line, converting two fourth downs in the process, and tied the game on a 2-yard quarterback sneak by Triston Champagnie with 10 seconds left. The Eagles went for 2, but their run to the right was thrown back.

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TechBoston got the ball at the Eagles’ 10 to begin overtime. But the English/Mission defense drove them back 3 yards on three plays, forcing a field goal attempt, which was blocked.

On the first play of overtime for English/Mission, Takari Hobbs, who had just returned to the game after hurting his ankle, took a handoff to the right, broke a few tackles, and dove for the end zone. Ball game.

English/Mission coach Ryan Conway was proud of his bunch after another close win. The Eagles won their season opener, 36-34, over Keefe Tech.

“Every day in practice we put them in different scenarios and they always respond well to it,” said Conway. “But I attribute that more to them coming together more so than coaching.”

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Meanwhile, TechBoston and coach Raul Brown have now suffered two straight heartbreakers. The Bears lost their opener, 35-34, to Georgetown.

When asked how his team will respond, Brown said, “I’ll know on Monday. I’ll know who shows up on time, who’s not practicing. That’s a telltale sign of a good, disciplined team.”

Steven Sousa can be reached at steven.sousa@globe.com.