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QB Nick McDermott delivers two TDs in game's final 1:15 to keep magical season alive

By Elizabeth Allen, Watertown High School

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There was something special in the air on Friday night in Lynnfield — and it wasn’t the 12-degree wind chill.

Down by 10 points with less than three minutes remaining, the sixth-seeded Watertown Raiders came away with a stunning upset victory against the top-seeded Lynnfield Pioneers, 38-34, to win the 2017 MIAA Division 5 North championship.

Watertown, under the leadership of junior quarterback Nick McDermott (four total TDs), scored two touchdowns in the final 1:15 of the fourth quarter to fell the top-seeded Pioneers (8-2).
Down 34-24 with 1:15 remaining, senior John Korte caught a 5-yard touchdown pass from McDermott to make the score 34-30. After senior Conor Kennelly converted the PAT to make it 34-31, he and Korte pulled off a perfect onside kick to retake possession at midfield. Korte was left uncovered and corralled the popped-up football easily in his arms before being downed by the Pioneers.

“We practice that onside kick every week, and every week it looks just like that,” said Raiders coach John Cacace. “It was perfect.”

On the ensuing drive, McDermott finished it himself on a game-winning 6-yard touchdown run with 11 seconds left in the game. Kennelly added the extra point to make the score 38-34.

“I knew that it’d be really hard,” McDermott admitted about the prospects of the miraculous comeback. “But I thought of what we did the last two weeks where we fought back against Swampscott and Somerville, and I knew that we had it in us to pull out the win.”

“It gets crazier and crazier every week,” added senior captain Ben Landry.

“We’ve had some good games this year,” said Cacace. “But this may have been the best of all time.”

Read the full story, written by Nathan Follett, and view the full gallery, by Elizabeth Allen, here.