SCITUATE — Walking onto the new turf field on campus for the first time, Scituate senior Will Sheskey said he had goosebumps.
The Sailors spent the first 10 weeks of the 2019 season as vagabonds, playing “home” games in neighboring towns before their surface was finally ready for Thanksgiving Day against Hingham.
Finally back, Scituate made its first and last home game of the season count, forcing five turnovers in a 27-14 win.
“I was getting a little teary-eyed at the end,” said Sheskey, who was named Scituate’s most valuable player for the game. “I thought about what an amazing ride this was, the friendships I’ve created, the memories I’ve made. It was something special. But we had a job to do and we executed like we’d practiced all week.”
The Williams College-bound Sheskey caught an 8-yard touchdown pass from Matthew Scibilio, and later scored the winning 1-yard touchdown on a plunge up the middle in the third quarter, finishing the day with 105 yards rushing on 24 carries and adding seven catches for 64 yards.
Scituate (7-4) created its first turnover on an interception from Nate Gould, who caught a 20-yard touchdown pass from Scibilio to give the Sailors their first lead of the game at 14-7. Gould also hauled in a 21-yard pass from Scibilio with 2:12 left in the third quarter, one play after Keegan Sullivan recovered a Hingham fumble.
Connor Rosen and Ben Donovan also recovered fumbles for the Sailors, and Garrett McKinnon picked off a pass in the end zone in the final minute to seal the deal for Scituate, which still trails Hingham in their Thanksgiving series, 14-12.
Christian Julian was named the MVP for the Harbormen, becoming the first recipient of the award, now named after former Hingham coach Paul Killinger. Killinger, who coached the Harbormen for 18 seasons before retiring in 2014, died in May. Julian received the trophy from Killinger’s family.