ABINGTON — When Abington needed a big play against Norwell on Friday night, the Green Wave turned to Will Klein.
The junior only touched the ball seven times, yet still managed to find the end zone three times to propel Abington (3-0) over visiting Norwell, 25-7.
Klein had 126 all-purpose yards, including six carries for 60 yards, as part of a run-heavy offense.
“When he gets the ball in his hands he has a knack for getting yardage,” said Abington coach Jim Kelliher. “We’re very happy he’s on our team because he’s very difficult to manage.”
Klein scored twice in quick succession, according to the game clock — once to end the first half and then on the first snap of the second.
It was déjà vu for Norwell (0-2), which allowed touchdowns on either side of halftime for the second time in as many games.
Abington capped the first half with a nine-play, 66-yard drive. It ended with a 14-yard rush by Klein with a little help from his offensive line.
“Our team makes big plays,” said Klein. “I follow my blockers and just do my job. We’re confident.”
On the first play from scrimmage in the second half after downing a short kickoff, Abington quarterback Christian Labossier aired one out to Klein for a 66-yard touchdown. It was just the fourth pass of the game for Labossier and the only one in the second half.
“Last week we did the same thing,” said Kelliher. “That’s taken a lot of pressure off when you can do that. I’d like to bottle all this stuff and make sure we get it all the time.”
The Abington victory sets up a matchup with Mashpee at home next week, a rematch of last year’s 40-20 loss in the Division 7 South sectional final — a defeat still fresh in the minds of the Green Wave players.
“That’s going to be fun,” said Kelliher. “We know what they did in the Super Bowls. They’re doing some nice things and I’d like to think we are, too.”
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