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November 10, 2012

Pentucket drops heartbreaker on last-second TD

WEST NEWBURY — Pentucket appeared to be on the verge of it’s signature victory of the season.

With 32 seconds left in the game, star running back Cody Rothwell dove through the air and into the end zone for the touchdown that capped an epic drive and gave the Sachems a 20-14 lead.

But joy would quickly turn to horror for the Green and White.

Pentucket then missed the subsequent point-after and — with one second left on the clock — Amesbury’s Ben Cullen hauled in an 11-yard pass that had been tipped into the air for the touchdown that tied the game. Mac Short then booted through the extra point that gave the Indians a 21-20 victory yesterday afternoon.

“We made some big plays but they made some big plays,” said Sachem coach Steve Hayden. “It came down to a tipped pass and they had a player under it.”

With the score just 7-6 Amesbury heading into the final quarter, the game quickly turned into a shootout.

Three plays into the fourth quarter, Cody Rothwell finished off an 11-play drive with an 11-yard touchdown. He added the two-point conversion to give the Sachems a 14-7 lead.

Pentucket then held Amesbury to a 3-and-out to force a punt, but turned the ball over two plays later at its own 14-yard line.

The Sachems held tough to force a fourth-and-goal. But, on fourth down, Matt Talbot was able to avoid pressure and swing a pass out to Tom Connors. Connors was met at the goal line by Luke Strangeman, but the play was ruled a touchdown to make the score 14-14 with 3:39 to go.

The Sachems, however, were not about to go away.

Pentucket took over at their 33-yard line and produced another methodical 11-play drive that Rothwell finished with his acrobatic touchdown, diving vertical to the ground and sailing into the end zone with 0:32 left.

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