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.
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.
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.”
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.