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Meltdown in Marblehead [VIDEO]

Marblehead High School's varsity football team managed to blow a 26-7 fourth quarter lead over Newburyport Thursday night at Piper Field.

If you were among the local sports fans who left 's varsity football game against Newburyport early Thursday night, you missed one of the most improbable comebacks in Piper Field history.

Although the Magicians led 20-0 at halftime and 26-7 late in the fourth quarter, the Clippers put 21 straight points on the board and found the end zone with just 21 seconds left to steal a win on the road.

Marblehead falls to 3-2 with the loss last night, and will have to wait until Oct. 21 to get that bad taste out of their mouths when they take on the Fishermen in Gloucester.

“We wasted a great game by Quig (running back Will Quigley) and Brian (sophomore Brian Daly),” quarterback Gus Percy said.

Quigley scored twice on the ground and Daly scampered into the end zone twice, once on a 70-yard touchdown pass from Percy and again on a 30-yard touchdown pass from Ian Maag.

The Magicians were confident heading into last night’s game after a solid 22-19 win over Hingham last week.

Marblehead has a bye week next week, and won’t take the field until the Gloucester game at Newell Stadium on Oct. 21. The Fishermen lost to Masconomet last night 20-15.

Marblehead has wins against Ipswich, Hingham and Pentucket to go with their two losses to Winthrop and Newburyport. The Magicians head out on the road for games against Gloucester, Salem and Danvers, before wrapping up the 2011 season at home against Beverly on Nov. 11, and Thanksgiving against the Big Blue.

Swampscott remained undefeated with a 24-23 win at Blocksidge Field Thursday night over Triton in the first night football game in Swampscott. A local contractor donated lights for the game.

Triton had fourth and goal with 5:40 to play, but Viking quarterback Blaise Whitman fumbled the snap giving the ball to the Big Blue (5-0) on downs.

No doubt there will be some intense practices coming up for the Marblehead High football team this week.

“Very frustrating game,” Percy said. “We’ve got to play better.”

Michael Michaud October 07, 2011 at 01:37 PM
Everybody but the officials saw the hold--and then the tackle--by Newburyport on the Marblehead defender chasing the quarterback on the second Newburyport touchdown. Blame the loss on the coaching staff. The kids were obviously not ready for the onside kick that everybody knew was coming. And then to put the ball in the air when all they had to do was maintain possession and punt to keep Newburyport deep in their own territory simply beggared belief. No way Newburyport shouldhave scored two touchdowns with less than two minutes to play.
Michael Clough October 11, 2011 at 03:42 PM
It seems as though the coach is not playing his seniors, which he is supposed to do. Or is this the NFL? He also stated that the Senior boys would get the brunt of the playing time a couple of years ago, when he took the position. These boys have been playing together sine the 4th grade! I'm sure the other seniors would like to see their last year team mates play along side them, as well. Anyone agree with me on this?
mark Montrose October 11, 2011 at 04:36 PM
I totally disagree. Playing someone just because he/she is a senior is a recipe for disaster. Playing time is earned by a player working hard at practice, every practice and being better than the other players at their position. Are you saying that because a player is a senior he "deserves" to start or play over a sophomore or junior who works harder, is faster, hits harder, blocks better, throws, catches and/or runs better. If you are you are think of one (1). Football is a team sport. Learn to root for the team, not just for an individual. Most coaches will only play the players who work the hardest, and perform the best. When someone thinks they should be playing more than they must also be thinking some who is out there should be playing less. If so than play better and work harder than that person everyday at practice. Its a funny thing about coaches...Do they sit around and make decisions about their teams just to screw over a certain kid or parent? Or do they make decisions to try to do what is best for the entire team? If your coach "stated" that he is only going to play seniors, a couple of years ago, he must be an idiot. I have never heard of any High School coach plaing only seniors. Do you play for MHS?

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