Boston Herald

Abington edges Middleboro

- By BRENDAN CONNELLY Brian Roach and Kevin Barrucci contribute­d to this report.

ABINGTON — After falling to Middleboro in the South Shore League title game during the Fall II season, Drew Donovan and his fellow teammates at Abington felt as though they had missed a golden opportunit­y.

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On Thursday night, the Green Wave earned the ultimate form of payback. Donovan rushed for a goahead, 58-yard touchdown late in the fourth quarter, then sealed the game by coming away with an intercepti­on on a game-tying 2-point conversion attempt, as Abington defeated Middleboro 3028.

“We’ve been thinking about that game since the minute it was over,” Donovan said afterward.

“It felt great to get them back.”

The two teams would trade blows throughout the entire first half.

Junior Nate Tullish scampered 3 yards for a touchdown, before Jacob Briggs connected with Justin Mather for a 2-point pass, as Middleboro (5-2) took a 16-8 advantage into intermissi­on.

Locked in a 22-22 game with 10:41 remaining, Donovan took his second carry of the night, then burst up the sideline for a 58-yard touchdown rush to put Abington ahead, 30-22.

With 1:30 left in regulation, Briggs shed multiple tacklers, before falling into the end zone for an 11-yard touchdown rush, as Middleboro trimmed it to a 3028 contest.

With the game hanging in the balance, Briggs scrambled to his left on the ensuing 2-point conversion, then fired a pass toward his receiver. Donovan proceeded to jump the route, as he clinched the game with a pick to send the crowd at Memorial Field into a frenzy.

“Our defensive coordinato­rs called timeout and drew up a great play for us,” Donovan said. “Just put me in position to make a great play.”

Isaiah Ricketson finished with 20 carries for 167 yards and a touchdown to lead the Green Wave (6-1).

The win moves Abington into a three-way tie for first place in the South Shore League Sullivan Division with one week remaining in the regular season.

“This will tell the kids that we’re a team that people will now be looking at,” Abington coach Jim Kelliher

said.

“Usually, they’d say, ‘Oh, you’re doing pretty good.’ Now, it’s a little bit different. We’re up there (in the rankings), and they’re saying, ‘Holy (expletive), man, they beat Middleboro.’ ... They’ll wonder what we can do.”

Girls soccer

Senior Carolina Bettero finished with a hat trick, including her 100th career tally, as Revere blanked

Malden 4-0 in the Greater Boston League.

In the Mayflower Athletic Conference, Amanda Jacques and Samara David each scored twice as West Bridgewate­r routed Avon 8-1.

Caroline Kennard netted a hat trick with two assists as Nauset (13-2) defeated

Martha’s Vineyard 6-1 in Cape & Islands play.

Junior forward Ellie Anderson collected four tallies and a helper as Danvers took down Beverly 5-2 in a Northeaste­rn Conference tilt.

In a Cape Ann League matchup, Maddie DiNapoli had a hat trick as North Reading doubled up Newburypor­t 4-2.

Boys soccer

In the Cape & Islands League, Jake Sutton had two goals as Sandwich edged Falmouth 3-2.

Junior Marco Perugini finished with two tallies as Medway won 4-1 over TriValley League opponent Norton.

Volleyball

Ashley Reyes notched seven aces as Needham swept Braintree 3-0 in Bay State Conference action.

In the Hockomock League, senior Samantha Asprelli collected 10 aces, seven digs and 21 service points as King Philip (17-0) won 3-0 over Milford.

Molly Kimball had 23 assists and Mia Berardino added 20 kills as Triton outlasted North Reading 3-1 in Cape Ann League play.

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