Some day the players on the Falmouth High School football team will look back and laugh as they recall the endless, nearly four-hour, four-overtime game they played at Medway High School on Friday, November 1. Right now, though, they’re just wondering what they could have done to prevail in the game that neither team wanted to lose.
Medway came away with the victory with the ridiculous, basketball-like score of 61-53. The teams combined to match touchdowns back and forth through regulation and then into overtime.
Statistically, the game was off the charts. FHS quarterback Kyle Connolly ran for 229 yards in regulation and three touchdowns. Fullback Cam Rowell gained 109 yards in regulation and scored a TD, then scored all three FHS touchdowns in overtime.
Unfortunately for the Clippers, Connolly injured his foot and hobbled off of the field after handing the ball off on Rowell’s final score, which gave FHS a 53-45 lead on the Mustangs. MHS got that back on a fourth down, two-yard run by quarterback Drew Plunkett, who ran for four touchdowns and threw one in the game.
In the fourth overtime Plunkett was able to score on the first play, running it in from 10-yards out to put his team up 61-53. Without Connolly able to take snaps, Rowell had to move into the quarterback spot, and the unstoppable running game that the Clippers had been unleashing hit a snag. Without Connolly to worry about any more the Mustangs were able to clog things up and the Clippers could not move the ball. The game ended painfully as Rowell’s pass to the end zone for Marvell Nicholson fell incomplete, ending a game that did not want to end.
The loss was the sixth in a row for the Clippers, who fell to 2-6 on the year. The team’s last three games have resulted in a two-point loss to East Bridgewater, a one-point loss to Nauset, and an overtime defeat to Medway.
Next up for the Clippers is a home game todayon Friday, November 8, against Middleboro. MHS is 2-6 on the season as well, having lost last week to Dover-Sherborn, 42-41. The lone common opponent for the clubs is East Bridgewater. FHS lost to the Vikes 34-32, Middleboro was beaten 34-7.
Against Medway, Falmouth jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter, but the Mustangs reeled them in. Rowell scored for the first time from nine-yards out on a run and then Connolly broke a 30-yard scoring run. Plunkett made it a one score game with a one-yarder with two minutes left in the first quarter and then a 39-yard pick-six interception from Nick Sheehan allowed the home team make it 14-13, but the extra point was off the mark.
Connolly ran in a 12-yard TD late in the second quarter to make it 21-13 with two minutes left in the half. Medway worked it up the field and hit a 37-yarder with six seconds to play in the half to make it a five-point game at the half.
The Mustangs grabbed their first lead late in the third quarter. Sheehan hauled in a pass from Plunkett and turned it up the field for a 73-yard scoring play. The PAT was no good and their lead was a single point, 22-21.
After exchanging punts in the fourth quarter things began to get wacky. Falmouth finished off a long eight-minute drive with 3:23 to play in the game on a 12-play Connolly scoring run.
Medway got that back in one play, a 65-yard touchdown throw from Plunkett to Sheehan. The Clippers then tried to drive down the field to win it in the end, but came up short on a fourth-and-one run from the MHS 40. In the waning seconds the Mustangs drove into field goal range, and nearly won it at the buzzer, but the kick sailed just wide of the right upright, sending the game into the unforgettable round of overtimes.