The Norton Lancers opened their season on the road with a last-minute touchdown to steal a 28-27 victory against Scituate, thanks to a key defensive stop that set up the winning drive.
With one minute left in the game, the Sailors led by six and were driving at the Norton 40-yard line. When faced with fourth and 1, they elected to go for it and the Lancers middle linebacker Mike Travers made the stop, forcing a turnover on downs.
On the ensuing possession, Norton quarterback Michael Ready completed two passes. With 30 seconds remaining, Ready rolled to his left, eluded his tacklers, and threw the ball 23 yards into the direction of senior wingback Matt Hines. Hines jumped, caught the ball over his head and came down tip-toeing in the end zone to get both feet in bounds for the game-winning score.
The Sailors got one last chance, but a Hail Mary pass from Scituate quarterback Christian Brady was slapped away by Ready.
Hines had five rushes for 23 yards and one touchdown to go along with seven catches for 156 yards and three receiving touchdowns. At the end of the first half, Hines had already collected 108 receiving yards and two TDs.
Scituate's Brady finished 12 of 22 passing for 166 yards and one touchdown, while Dawayne Kirton carried the ball 29 times for 160 yards and a pair touchdowns.
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