With just less three minutes to play and trailing by a touchdown, host Scituate (7-1) engineered a 98-yard scoring drive to defeat reigning Division 5 state champion Dennis-Yarmouth, 28-27, in the first round of the D5 South sectional on Friday.
Scituate senior quarterback Aidan Sullivan connected with a wide-open Jack Ruble to pull the Sailors within 1. On the ensuing 2-point conversion, using some misdirection, Sullivan darted in for the conversion and the first lead of the night.
“Our quarterback did a great job leading the charge,” said Scituate coach Herb Devine. “I said ‘If we drive down the field and score, we’re going for 2.’ I just felt let’s go for 2 and go for the win and not go to overtime.”
The winning drive came after a big goal-line stand from the Scituate defense. After a defensive holding penalty set up Dennis-Yarmouth at the Scituate 2 yard-line, the Sailors defensive line, anchored by Josh McKeever and Aidan Reidy, stuffed the Dolphins on fourth and goal to take over.
Reidy also had the game’s only sack for minus-16 yards and an interception that set up an earlier Scituate score.
“We stopped the run, but their passing game, they outplayed us for 40 minutes in the game,” said Devine. “Our guys were fortunate to make a play at the end.”
Division 1 North
Central Catholic 40, Lexington 9 — AJ Caggianelli had two rushing touchdowns and added a 50-yard interception return as the No. 15 Raiders (6-2) earned the quarterfinal win.
Division 2 North
Lincoln-Sudbury 42, Masconomet 28 — Senior James Dillon ran for 148 yards and three scores for the Warriors (7-1).
Lynn English 35, Concord-Carlisle 33 — English (7-1) stopped the Patriots (5-3) on a potential go-ahead 2-point conversion with 1:50 remaining in the fourth quarter, then again on a potential tying conversion with 17 seconds left in a wild shootout at Manning Field.
Tewksbury 35, Billerica 6 — Jay Connolly hit Josh Sughrue and Shane Aylward for 21 and 40-yard touchdown strikes as the No. 13 Redmen (7-1) waltzed past the Indians (2-5).
Division 4 North
Revere 27, North Reading 21 — Senior Darius McNeil ran for 146 yards and two scores and junior Jonathan Murphy rushed and passed for TDs to power the Patriots (5-3) to the upset over North Reading (5-2).
Division 5 North
Swampscott 42, Triton 20 — Quarterback Graham Inzana found Dylan January and Jonathan Oriakhi for touchdown passes of 41 and 75 yards, respectively, while also adding a 5-yard touchdown run to lead the top-seeded Big Blue (7-1) to the quarterfinal win.
Division 6 North
Bishop Fenwick 55, Greater Lowell 0 — In the first half, Corey Bright was 7 of 9 for 184 yards and four touchdowns as the Crusaders (7-1) advanced to play top seed Stoneham.
Stoneham 52, Essex Tech 15 — Christos Argyropoulos rushed touchdowns of 61, 2, 43, and 25 yards to power the top-seeded Spartans (8-0) to the win.
Division 7 North
Latin Academy 29, East Boston 8 — Sophomore Zach Maffeo tossed three TD passes to senior Ryan Nguyen to lead the Dragons (5-3).
Division 8 North
Boston English/New Mission 42, Matignon/Saint Joseph Prep 20 — On nine touches, Takahari Hobbs piled up 210 yards from scrimmage, including a 64-touchdown reception for the Eagles (7-0). On the ground, he totaled 164 yards and three TDs on 8 carries for English, which broke the game open with a 22-point fourth quarter.
Division 1 South
Needham 14, Newton North 7 — Odhari Hibberts punched in a 3-yard scoring run in the second quarter and Tyler Reid scored from 14 yards out in the third quarter to carry the Rockets (6-2) to the home win.
Xaverian 17, BC High 0 — Mike Masse scored from 2 and 6 yards out as the No. 2 Hawks (6-1) earned a quarterfinal win.
Division 2 South
Mansfield 21, Bridgewater-Raynham 7 — Vinnie Holmes ran for 92 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries and added 14 tackles defensively to power the top-seeded Hornets (7-1).
Division 3 South
Duxbury 35, Stoughton 14 — Senior quarterback John Roberts threw for four touchdowns, fueling the top-seeded Dragons (8-0) over the Black Knights.
North Attleborough 21, Whitman-Hanson 13 — Brendan McHugh started (18 yards) and finished (5 yards) the scoring with runs as the Red Rocketeers (6-2) pulled out the win in the fourth quarter.
Division 6 South
Dedham 34, Apponequet 14 — Ryan Flaherty was 20-of-21 passing for 271 yards and three touchdown passes as the Marauders (7-1) cruised the quarterfinal win.
Medway 25, Norwell 16 — Junior QB Drew Plunkett set up the first touchdown — a 5-yard blast from Nick Sheehan — with a 32-yard run and connected with Liam Hoye on a pass play to set up his own 1-yard keeper as the Mustangs (6-0) rolled to an 18-0 halftime lead to present coach Chris Baker with his first playoff win.
Old Rochester 27, Bishop Stang 22 — With the Spartans (4-4) closing in on a once-comfortable three-possession Bulldog lead, Desmond Dias scored from 14 yards out in the fourth quarter for 8-0 ORR.Dan Shulman can be reached at email@example.com