New Hampshire Football Report

Top 10 Games: No. 2

No. 2: Plymouth 20, Windham 18   

Top-seeded Windham was unbeaten and had outscored its opponents by an average of nearly 40 points per game when it entered its Division II semifinal matchup against fourth-seeded Plymouth.

Plymouth brought a strong team to Windham, but few expected the Bobcats to be anything more than a speed bump for the Jaguars, who were the overwhelming favorite to win the Division II title. Not only did the Jaguars fail to win, they never had the lead.

Trailing by two points late in the fourth quarter, Windham stopped Plymouth on a fourth-and-one play on Plymouth’s half of the field. Plymouth began to celebrate after intercepting a Windham pass on fourth down, but a roughing-the-passer penalty not only gave the Jaguars another play, it moved the ball into a position where Windham could attempt a game-winning field goal.

Garrett Macomber blocked the field goal attempt as time expired, which preserved Plymouth’s two-point win and gave the Bobcats victories over the previous two Division II champions in consecutive weeks. Plymouth knocked off St. Thomas, the 2015 Division II champion, in the quarterfinals.

Plymouth (9-2) scored first on a 57-yard run by Macomber in the first quarter. Windham answered when sophomore quarterback Cody Potter hit Micah Sundman for a 24-yard touchdown pass early in the second, but he Jaguars missed the extra point. A field goal gave the Bobcats a 10-6 lead at the half.

Plymouth took advantage of the Windham (10-1) turnover and extended its lead on a 2-yard rush by quarterback Brandon Roy.

Windham fullback Victor Pizzotti scored the first of his two touchdowns in the game on the first play of the fourth quarter, but another Bobcat field goal made it 20-12 midway through the fourth. Pizzotti scored his second TD with 1:52 left, but the conversion pass failed and set up a dramatic finish.






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