Sanborn scores late to edge Souhegan
Indians claim 28-21 victory over Sabers
KINGSTON – There just wasn’t a ton left in Mike Lochman’s arsenal, calling for a little desperation.
So, he rolled the dice.
Twice on fourth-quarter fourth downs, the Sabers’ offense churned up the yards and moved the chains. But on the third bid, Souhegan came up empty, this time at midfield.
With the score knotted at 21-21, Sanborn Regional then moved 49 yards over the final four minutes as Shaun Murphy punched in from the 5 with 21.9 seconds left, giving the Indians the hard-fought, 28-21 decision.
"We’re moving the ball well there, and we needed the spark," said Lochman, whose club had grown one-dimensional as his second starting QB of the season, Andersen Geffrard, suffered a shoulder injury early in the second half.
"Both of our varsity quarterbacks are down there, and you could see we couldn’t throw the ball at all. We were just trying to keep that drive going."
Freshman QB Samuel Corbett was summoned and in the waning seconds receiver Dylan Amadon tried his best under center, but it just wasn’t enough as Souhegan falls to 2-6.
After falling behind, 7-0, early, Souhegan welcomed super back Dante Savo to the game late in the opening quarter.
"He had his confirmation in the morning and we knew that," said Lochman.
Savo’s entry sparked a tying drive by the Sabers – this one an 8-play, 63-yard march capped by a 5-yard Geffrard to Tucker Aiello TD connection.
The teams traded two TDs apiece in rapid-fire succession over the final 2:30 before the break.
Savo had a highlight-reel 91-yard kick return for the Sabers, a true ugly-duckling turned beautiful swan of a score if there was one.
The speedster hauled the kick in at the 9 and nearly tackled himself at the 10. Once the junior got his feet under him, he would go untouched the rest of the way, knotting things at 14-14 with 2:15 left.
Down 21-14 with 71 seconds to the break, it was slot back David Labonte’s time for the spotlight.
The junior hauled in three straight passes – good for 22, 42 and 14 yards – to set up a 1-yard Aiello TD plunge.
The game remained tied until the final seconds when the Indians ruined a dynamite effort from a banged-up bunch of gritty Sabers.
Savo had the whole Sanborn defense keying on him and managed to grind out 65 yards on 15 carries.
Aiello, who led the defense with a dozen tackles, ran extremely hard inside, pounding out 35 manly yards on his 10 tries. Labonte finished with 115 yards on his four grabs.
"We’re just going to keep our heads up and continue to keep playing hard, like we did in that second half," said Lochman, whose club finishes up the season with games against Hillsboro-Deering/Hopkinton and then Hollis Brookline.