McKenna Powers Vikings to Victory
With his team down 14-12 late in the fourth quarter, McKenna took a pitch to the left and swept around the corner, outracing three defenders to the end zone. McKenna finished with 130 yards on 13 carries and was named co-Player of the Game for the Vikings (7-4), along with two-way lineman Sean Thomas.
Monty Tech (3-8), had one final chance. Starting at their own 20 with 2:18 left, the Bulldogs marched deep into Viking territory with an opportunity to pull out the win. Much of that yardage came on the legs of senior Damitrius Sayarath. The bruising, 210-pound running back finished with 183 yards on 27 carries and was named his team’s Player of the Game.
Monty Tech quarterback TJ Farr also came up big on the final drive. A 13-yard completion to Chad Brouillet and a 12-yard pass to Matteo Serrano moved the ball to the Nashoba Tech 19-yard line with under a minute to play. A 12-yard run by Serrano gave the Bulldogs a first-and-goal at the 7 with just over 30 seconds left.
But a storybook ending was not in the cards. A false start penalty moved them back 5 yards and Sayarath was stopped for a short gain. With 15 seconds left, a bad snap resulted in a loss of 4, and an illegal procedure call cost them 5 more yards.
Still, with two seconds on the clock, Monty Tech had one more snap, only to see Farr’s pass float just out of reach of a diving Brouillet at the goal line.
On Nashoba Tech’s first play from scrimmage, McKenna broke free on a sweep around right end and scored on a 60-yard run. The conversion attempt failed and the Vikings had to settle for a 6-0 lead.
Nashoba Tech retook the lead in the third quarter. Junior quarterback Jose Soba (10 carries, 101 yards) capped a 53-yard drive with a 5-yard touchdown run to put the Vikings on top, 12-6.