FRANKLIN — Natick beat Franklin in a thriller, 28-26.
With four seconds to go, Franklin scored on an 9-yard pass play to Joe Gilmore to bring his team within two points (sound familiar).
Franklin's two-point was no good, marking Natick's 12th victory this season and berth to the Division 2 championship at Gillette Stadium Saturday.
Franklin's Matt Carini had a 68-yard touchdown and a 20-yard touchdown in the game. He finished with 25 carries for 219 yards.
Natick's Scott McCummings had a 17-yard rushing touchdown and an 11-yard rushing touchdown. C.J. Dawson also got in the end zone and Brett Farrell scored on a 7-yard touchdown run for Natick as well.
The Brighton Bengals upset the Tri-County Cougars 8-6 in 4A action, advancing to the MIAA Superbowl this upcoming Saturday.
The Bengals' Kevin DePina scored Brighton's lone points, with a 22-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter from Jonathan Rosa, followed with a 2-point conversion.
Tri-County's Randy Hardy scored on a 1-yard rush late in the fourth quarter to bring his team within two points, but couldn't punch it in on the 2-point conversion.
Brighton is now 5-6 on the year while the Cougars finish their year 8-4.
Masco won its game 18-8 over Concord-Carlisle.
Marshfield beat Duxbury 27-6.
Austin Prep beat Lynnfield 26-20 after trailing at the half, 7-6.
East Boston beat Bristol Plymouth 35-8.
Holliston beat Cohasset 14-6. Cohasset running back Dana Valentine had 30 carries for 164 yards.
Gloucester defeated Westford, 34-28.
Northeast beat Marian 24-14.
Reading beat Dracut 20-6.
B-R beat Needham 28-0.
Xaverian 21, Brockton 15
Everrett 21, Billerica 7
Bishop-Feehan 42, D-R 13
Marblehead 21, Rockland 12
Lots of good games tonight. Now We're looking forward to the Super Bowls. I'll post later tonight with the slated matchups by division.
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