New Hampshire Football Report

Top 10 Games from 2020: No. 2

No. 2: Souhegan 26, Plymouth 21

It doesn’t get much better than a championship game with an outcome that’s still in doubt late in the fourth quarter. That’s what we had in this year’s Division II title game.

Plymouth (6-1) took a 21-20 lead on a 5-yard touchdown run from Joe D’Ambruoso and Will Fogarty’s ensuing point-after kick with 5:29 remaining.

Souhegan regained the lead for good on the fourth play of its following drive, when senior running back Riley Lawhorn scored on a 70-yard run with 4:01 to play. The other key play in the drive came when quarterback Austin Jain scrambled for a first down on a third-and-eight play.

The Bobcats got the ball back with 3:54 remaining, but Sabers senior Jake Civiello intercepted Plymouth running back Cole Johnston on a trick play to end the Bobcats’ final drive. Souhegan’s offense ran out the last 3:40.

Souhegan led 20-7 at halftme, but D’Ambruoso, a senior, helped shift momentum Plymouth’s way by intercepting Jain (9 of 13, 89 yards) on each of the Souhegan’s last two third-quarter drives.

After D’Ambruoso’s second pick, Plymouth put together a 14-play, 61-yard, drive that ended with quarterback Cody Bannon’s 1-yard run. That helped trim Souhegan’s lead to 20-14 with 10:28 left.

Bannon, a senior, capped Plymouth’s 10-play, 67-yard opening drive with a 19-yard TD run and Fogarty made the PAT to open the scoring with 5:58 left in the first quarter.

Souhegan tied the game on its first play from scrimmage — a 68-yard Lawhorn TD run. Lawhorn ran for a game-high 198 yards on 17 carries in the victory.

Souhegan broke the 7-7 tie on Will Hauser’s 13-yard TD run with 11:17 remaining in the first half. The Sabers extended the lead to 20-7 on a 28-yard touchdown pass from Jain to Luke Manning (five receptions, 57 yards) with 7:56 left in the second quarter.

Bannon went 2 of 4 passing for 47 yards, and ran the ball 13 times for a team-high 52 yards. D’Ambruoso (10 carries, 50 yards), Johnston (seven carries, 30 yards) and Charlie Comeau (eight carries, 32 yards) also contributed offensively for Plymouth.

The state championship was Souhegan’s fifth overall and its first since joining Division II. Plymouth was playing in the Divison II championship game for the fifth consecutive season.

No. 10: Pelham 14, Monadnock 10
No. 9: Goffstown 26, Bedford 21
No. 8: Dover 7, Exeter 6
No. 7: Plymouth 16, Timberlane 14
No. 6: Plymouth 21, Kennett 20
No. 5: Lebanon 7, Newport 6
No. 4: Salem 21, Londonderry 13
No. 3: Nashua North 33, Salem 28


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