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MIAA D6 SUPER BOWL | STONEHAM 26, OLD ROCHESTER 20

Late TD gets Stoneham past Old Rochester in Division 6 Super Bowl

Gillette-12/1/18 High School superbowls at Gillette Stadium- Stoneham vs Old Rochester. Stoneham's Christos Argyropoulos runs for a 4th qtr touchdown, putting Stoneham ahead 24-20. Photo by John Tlumacki/Globe Staff(sports)
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Christos Argyropoulos pulls away from an Old Rochester defender for the winning touchdown.

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FOXBOROUGH — With under four minutes to go, Stoneham’s hopes looked dashed after a costly fumble near midfield. But on the next play, hope was restored.

Stoneham junior Chris Belliveau forced a fumble to get the ball back and Christos Argyropoulos scored the winning touchdown on a 42-yard run to help Stoneham beat Old Rochester, 26-20, to capture the Division 6 Super Bowl title on Saturday at Gillette Stadium.

“It’s a great feeling,” said Argyropoulos. “We were one game short last year. We’re a great team, it’s basically winning it with your family, and when you do that there’s no better feeling in the world.”

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Argyropoulos fumbled on his previous carry, giving the Bulldogs the ball with a 2-point lead. The Stoneham senior captain had been feeling under the weather throughout much of the second half, yet still managed to get 113 yards on 19 carries in the game.

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“You hope that your great player can be great in the right moment,” said Stoneham coach Bob Almeida. “He was lightheaded, very dizzy as well. He just turned on the jets and went, broke a tackle, and that’s what you expect the great players to do.”

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After getting the ball back on Argyropoulos’s fumble, Old Rochester running back Desmond Dias ran for 9 yards on the Bulldogs first play, until Belliveau emerged with the ball at the end of the play.

“Personally it looked like he was down,” said Bulldogs coach Justin Kogler. “Ultimately I’m not on the field reffing the game, so I don’t know. Going into the game, playing these guys, you can’t turn the ball over.”

The Spartans (12-1) scored the last 14 points in the game, including a touchdown as time expired in the third quarter by sophomore running back Chris Dragone, who played in place of an injured Seth Russell.

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The Spartans lost Russell for the game early in the first half to a leg injury, forcing Stoneham to make adjustments on both sides of the ball.

“That was a really big blow for us,” said Almeida. “Chris came in and made some huge plays for us and for him to step up in that situation was incredible.”

Old Rochester quarterback Cole McIntyre was 6 for 11 with 166 yards and two touchdowns. But on the ground, the Bulldogs (11-1) gained only 95 yards on 26 total carries.

The Stoneham defense forced three fumbles and an interception and recovered two onside kicks as well to keep the Bulldogs offense on the sidelines for much of the game.

“Sometimes one mistake will make the difference in the game,” said Almeida. “There were so many of those today in this game and fortunately we prevailed.”

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PIVOTAL PLAY: With Old Rochester leading after forcing a fumble late in the fourth quarter, Stoneham lineman Chris Belliveau stripped running back Desmond Dias to give the Spartans possession in the Bulldogs’ territory.

Stoneham 26, Old Rochester 20

at Gillette Stadium, Foxborough

Old Rochester (11-1) 7  0 13  0 — 20

Stoneham (12-1) 6  6  6  8 — 26

 S — Seth Russell 11 run (rush failed)

 OR — Tyler Noe 58 pass from Cole McIntyre ( kick)

 S — Deshawn Chase 2 run (rush failed)

 OR — Desmond Dias 8 run (rush failed)

 OR — Adam Breault 47 pass from Cole McIntyre ( kick)

 S — Chris Dragone 2 run (rush failed)

 S — Christos Argyropoulos 42 run (Chris Dragone pass from Deshawn Chase)

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

 RUSHING — OR, Desmond Dias 14-72, Cole McIntyre 4-19, Tyler Noe 1-6, Jackson Cote 1-2, Will Garcia 6-(-4); S, Christos Argyropoulos 19-113, Deshawn Chase 10-42, Seth Russell 5-21, Tom Pizzi 5-21, Chris Dragone 3-10, Jonathan Neal 2-6, Nick Brulport 2-0

 PASSING — OR, Cole McIntyre 6-11-1—166; S, Deshawn Chase 2-4—24

 RECEIVING — OR, Tyler Noe 4-94, Adam Breault 1-47, Bryce Alfonso 1-25; S, Christos Argyropoulos 1-16, Tom Pizzi 1-8

More photos from the Division 6 Super Bowl:

Samuel Labossiere got emotional after Stoneham beat Old Rochester to win the Division 6 Super Bowl.
John Tlumacki/Globe Staff
Samuel Labossiere got emotional after Stoneham beat Old Rochester to win the Division 6 Super Bowl.

Old Rochester's Adam Breault pulls in a 47-yard TD pass from Cole McIntyre in the third quarter.
John Tlumacki/Globe Staff
Old Rochester's Adam Breault pulls in a 47-yard TD pass from Cole McIntyre in the third quarter.

Quarterback Deshawn Chase ran for a TD in Stoneham’s win over Old Rochester.
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Quarterback Deshawn Chase ran for a TD in Stoneham’s win over Old Rochester.

Antonio Ventresca stretches to recover a fumble that sealed Stoneham’s win over Old Rochester.
John Tlumacki/Globe Staff
Antonio Ventresca stretches to recover a fumble that sealed Stoneham’s win over Old Rochester.

Old Rochester’s Will Garcia couldn’t find any running rom on this play.
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Old Rochester’s Will Garcia couldn’t find any running rom on this play.

Stoneham's Nicholas Brulport (left) celebrates with Dante Messina after the Spartans won the Division 6 Super Bowl.
John Tlumacki/Globe Staff
Stoneham's Nicholas Brulport (left) celebrates with Dante Messina after the Spartans won the Division 6 Super Bowl.

Dan Shulman can be reached at dan.shulman@globe.com.