DUDLEY — In a hard-hitting affair on a chilly December evening, it seemed a bit like historical past repeating.
Bay Path constructed up a sizeable lead within the first half. Monty Tech rallied.
And similar to the primary assembly between the 2 applications on Sept. 30, the Bay Path Minutemen walked away victorious.
This time, no last-second landing was required, although.
Bay Path bested the Bulldogs Thursday night, topping Monty Tech, 28-20, within the MVADA Large School title sport at Shepherd Hill Regional High School.
The Minutemen topped the Bulldogs, 43-36, in Fitchburg on Sept. 30, getting out to an enormous lead and scoring within the closing minute to thwart a Monty Tech comeback. Bay Path jumped out to a 22-6 lead by halftime on Thursday and although the Bulldogs battled again, the Minutemen (8-5) by no means trailed.
“This is where this program deserves to be, lifting up trophies at the end of the season,” Bay Path head coach Cody Giampa mentioned. “These kids work so hard and it’s what this program has done traditionally. It’s great to get back to that.”
Casey Gallagher had 134 yards on the bottom and scored twice, whereas quarterback Anthony Catino had a brief dashing landing and Kaiden Branchu had a protracted TD run within the fourth to provide the Minutemen some respiration room.
“We don’t hide what we’re trying to do. We play physical football with a great offensive line and we tackle,” Giampa mentioned. “We didn’t make it a secret what we were trying to do this year. And our kids loved getting out there and playing physical.”
Monty Tech lower the result in 28-20 with 2:32 left after a Logan Quinn 2-yard landing run adopted by a Ryan Quinn two-point run, however Bay Path recovered the following onside kick and was in a position to run out the clock.
“We had a game until the very end there and just came up short,” mentioned Monty Tech head coach Anthony Secino, whose crew finishes the season 9-4. “We did this the first time against them, too. I don’t know what it is. We just came out slow.”
Gallagher scored the primary two touchdowns of the sport earlier than the Bulldogs responded. Logan Quinn (185 dashing yards) discovered the tip zone on a 4-yard run with 5:24 left within the first half to chop the result in 14-6.
But Bay Path answered earlier than halftime when Catino ran for a 1-yard rating with 22 seconds remaining. Gallagher added the two-point run for a 22-6 lead on the break.
Both groups made goal-line stands within the second half, with Monty Tech lastly breaking by way of for a landing after a scoreless third quarter. Ryan Quinn punched in a 1-yard run to chop the benefit to 22-12 with 5:43 left within the sport.
The Minutemen answered three performs later as Brochu broke a 61-yard scoring run down the sideline to push the result in 28-12.