After a terrible game last week against King Philip, we knew that, with North coming into our home, we would need to give everything we had this week.
In the back of our seniors' minds, we remembered two years ago on our homecoming, when North Attleboro embarrassed us and ruined our perfect season with a 26-0 win.
We knew if we won this year's game with North, we could wrap up the league up next week against Sharon. This was the biggest game of the season and we knew if would be an all-out war. Realistically, whoever won this game was likely going to the playoffs.
The first play of the game was one I will always remember, the first time I touched the ball in my high school career. North's kicker eyed me out and kicked it to me on the game's first play, but what he didn't know is that I am actually a wide receiver in a lineman's body. I scooped the ball up and got about 8 yards.
On our first drive, we used our size to run it down the field and get on the board first with a touchdown by Mike Morrill, who was the biggest contributer to our rushing attack. North Attleboro was able to answer with a touchdown and that would be the final points of the first half.
Coming out of the locker room, we stressed that if we gave Mark Gilson enough time to throw, we would be in great shape in the second half. Unfortunately, North was able to put together a drive and we were behind, 14-7.
When the fourth quarter came around, we were still relaxed and knew we could win. We were able to even up the score as our bull, Mike Abany, plunged in the end zone from 1 yard. After a a great play on a fourth down by Abany, we had the ball back with about three minutes to win the game.
On a key third down, Dave Westhaver made the Play of the Year on a diving catch at the 1-yard line and, once again, Mike Abany was able to bulldoze in for the score. North had the ball back, however, and was moving pretty well until Sean Whiting made a play on a pass and intercepted the ball to seal the deal.
The North Attleboro game from a year ago was the best game I had ever played until this past weekend. This game was a total team effort and we never gave up. We are still undefeated in the league and will be playoff bound as long as we take care of business next week against Sharon.