The final score was Bedford 34, Oliver Ames High School 27, and the Bucs take a 2-1 record to their next contest at St. Bernard’s in Fitchburg this Friday.
“It’s always nice to come from behind,” said Head Coach Tom Tone. “We were pretty good on offense the whole game, but for a while, things were going against us.”
It didn’t start out that way. Leading 20-7 early in the second quarter after scoring on their first three possessions, the Bucs yielded a long scoring drive that culminated with a two-yard touchdown run as the period ended.
Then Oliver Ames scored again after beginning the second half with the ball. And on Bedford’s first play of the third quarter, the Tigers intercepted a pass and ran it into the endzone.
So the Bucs suddenly trailed 27-20. They were outscored 20-0 in that stretch, during which they ran one play on offense – and that was a pick-six.
But everything changed, beginning with the next play, when Bedford’s Eric Miles blocked the extra point attempt.
After the two teams exchanged possessions, Bedford tied the game with a scoring drive that culminated with a 29-yard touchdown pass from Jake Morrison to Charlie Naylor.
Then the defense forced another three-and-out, and with about six minutes to play, the offense engineered another successful campaign. Again Morrison and Naylor connected for the TD, this one a 34-yard pitch-off-play action, with the receiver well in front of the coverage. Nick Tatarczuk’s fourth point after touchdown kick made it 34-27.
The defense did the rest, shutting down the Tigers on third-and-short and then fourth down. Miles sealed the win with a breakaway run; he slid down at the one-yard line, allowing time to expire.
Statistically, it was a memorable night for Morrison, completing 14 of 18 passes to five receivers for 221 yards and rushing for 122 more and two touchdowns, along with the interception. Miles scored the other Bedford TD on a short run; the PAT was not successful after a muffed snap and hold.
Mike DeLia led the receivers with five catches, several of them for key gains in scoring drives. Naylor caught four throws, two of them for scores, and Tatarczuk had three receptions.
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