It may be too late for postseason glory, but Classical’s football team is happy living in the now.
The Rams won perhaps their best victory to date Saturday night, roaring back from a first-half deficit to send Marblehead back home with a 44-20 victory.
The Magicians led 20-6 early in the second quarter and it looked as if a pasting was in the making. Instead, Classical held the Magicians to one first down the rest of the way while quarterback Keith Ridley (15-17-2, 240 yards, 2 TD passes, 3 rushing TDs) and running back Marcus Tucker (194 yards on 20 carries, 2 TDs) got their acts in gear.
“We had to stop making mistakes,” said Classical coach Brian Vaughan. “Once we did, we got ourselves up off the ground. And we had a big play in the second quarter. (Ridley’s 53-yard scoring pass to Maurice Sequeira) got us going.”
Classical scored first on Tucker’s 5-yard run, but Marblehead got the next three (quarterback Chris Gally threw for one touchdown and ran for another; and Tim Cronin scored the third).
The comeback began with Sequeira’s TD made (20-12) and continued and Ridley’s 1-yard run just before the half ended (20-18).
The Rams (6-3) steamrolled the Magicians — losers of two straight (7-2 overall) — in the final two quarters. Ridley scored on runs of 1, 6 and 17 yards and hit Raymond Ramirez on a 16-yarder that put Classical ahead for good at 24-20.
Tucker also scored on a 4-yard run.
Classical plays at Beverly Saturday (time TBA).
Winthrop 20, Arlington Catholic 8
The Vikings earned their fourth win of the season behind another stellar performance from Bobby Hubert. Hubert ran for over 100 yards and scored two touchdowns (while adding a two-point conversion). Jonathan Applebee caught an interception. Winthrop is at Arlington Catholic this weekend.