The Magicians' opening quarter wasn't an illusion, and the magic that followed broke long curse as Marblehead defeated Beverly for the first time in 18 years.
"I think it was our kids that finally realized we've had enough of four years with no one respecting us," Marblehead coach Doug Chernovetz said yesterday after his team's 33-30 victory. "They came out with an attitude to prove to this conference that they're a good football team. It was a great quarter for us."
Connor Carey, Hayes Richardson, and Sam Perlow each scored in the first quarter as Marblehead (5-3, 2-0 Northeastern Small) took a 21-0 lead.
The Panthers (6-2, 2-1) rallied in the fourth, scoring 23 points, but Marblehead hung on, scoring a touchdown and field goal to seal the win.
Beverly's Rashad Sims scored three touchdowns.
The Panthers host Swampscott next weekend. Marblehead has Winthrop, Saugus, and Swampscott (on Thanksgiving) left on its schedule.
Dual County (Large): Newton South 34, Boston Latin 14 - Derek Russell connected on three touchdown passes and ran for a TD for the Lions (4-4, 2-0).
Bay State: Brookline 20, Wellesley 0 - Scott Irvin scored a pair of touchdowns.
Bay State: Dedham 25, Weymouth 7 - John O'Connell threw three touchdown passes, passed for more than 180 yards, and ran for another 101 and a touchdown for Dedham.
Middlesex: Lexington 24, Winchester 21 - Myles Adley threw three touchdown passes for the Minutemen (3-5, 2-3).
Cape Ann (Large): Pentucket 36, Lawrence 22 - Chris Modlish propelled Pentucket past Lawrence with a trio of touchdowns.
Northeastern (Small): Swampscott 42, Saugus 21 - Quarterback Chris Cameron stole the show, completing 20 of 26 passes for 290 yards and two touchdowns.
Tri-Valley: Westwood 6, Dover-Sherborn 0 - It came down to the wire, when James Berluti hit PJ Pender with a 25-yard touchdown pass.
Cape Ann: Newburyport 21, North Reading 0 - Joe Clancy threw three TD passes for the Clippers, and totaled more than 180 passing yards.
Commonwealth (Large): Whittier 26, Greater Lowell 0 - Carlos Candelario and Bryan Trickett split up the offensive responsibilities, each scoring twice for Whittier (6-2, 3-0).
Mayflower (Large): Blue Hills 26, South Shore 20 - Kevin Murphy's trio of touchdowns, inclduing one in overtime, contributed to a victory for Blue Hills (6-1, 2-1).
Central Catholic (Small): Pope John 44, St. Clement 6 - Justin Nascimento owned the game, scoring four times for Pope John and finishing with 205 all-purpose yards.
Matignon 14, Cathedral 6 - Davidson Peguera scored the first and last touchdown, clinching a win for Matignon (3-4, 1-2).
Commonwealth (Small): North Shore Tech 27, Minuteman 13 - Jesse Wilkins scored a pair of touchdowns for North Shore. Greg Young scored twice for Minuteman.
Northeast Regional 58, Mystic Valley 36 - Corey Kean ran for 190 yards and three touchdowns and Northeast scored 34 points in the second quarter. Mystic Valley's Nick Martorano ran for 251 yards and four touchdowns.
Mayflower (Small): Tri-County 31, Nantucket 6 - Lucas Mistler tallied three touchdowns for Tri-County (5-2, 2-0).
Evergreen: Proctor Academy 42, Kimball Union 40 - Proctor stepped out early with a 26-7 halftime lead, and held on to win.