HINGHAM — Twice in three plays, Scituate receiver Max Roche jumped above his defender and plucked the ball out of the air.
The first, a seam route down the middle of the field, went for 25 yards. The second, a fade to the back corner of the end zone, resulted in the game’s deciding touchdown in a 28-26 victory at Hingham on Thursday morning.
Hingham’s Jack Cougherty had an interception return for a touchdown to cut the Scituate lead to 28-26 with less than four minutes remaining, but linebacker Connor Rosen forced an incompletion on the 2-point conversion for Scituate.
Roche caught three passes for 53 yards, had a touchdown and a 2-point conversion to earn most valuable player of the game for Scituate (11-1). Senior running back Kevin Shea captured MVP honors for Hingham (7-3), rushing for 115 yards and two touchdowns.
“It helps that I’m tall,” the 6-foot-3-inch, 175-pound Roche said. “You can just throw it up and give me a chance.”
In the 25th installment — a series the Harbormen lead, 14-11 — the Sailors’ priority was staying healthy for their Division 5 Super Bowl matchup against Nipmuc Regional on Dec. 1.
On the game’s first series, Scituate’s Aidan Sullivan rifled a pass to Daniel May on a slant route. The senior receiver broke past a diving tackler and scurried 45 yards to the end zone. Several yards into the end zone, May was tackled by a Hingham defender and returned to the sideline with an apparent upper-body injury.
Scituate coach Herb Devine noted after the game that May “will be fine.”
“To get out of here and it looks like everyone is healthy, that’s all I cared about,” Devine said.
“Today was really a tough game because you love to win but you have to protect your guys.”
Sullivan had two touchdown passes and junior Matt Scibilio completed five passes for 91 yards and two touchdowns for Scituate.