Quincy rallies to defeat North Quincy

QUINCY – There was certainly a sense of urgency up and down the North Quincy sideline, but none of desperation during yesterday’s 89th annual showndown against Quincy.
The Raiders fell behind 12-0 early on against their rivals only to roar back with a pair of late scores for a thrilling 15-12 win at Veteran’s Memorial Stadium. Running back Hunter MacIssac broke for a 6-yard score on the last play of the third quarter and the Red Raiders (5-5) took advantage of two huge pass interference calls and a 10-yard scoring pass from quarterback Cooper Hansen to Nate Caldwell to cap a 12-play, 96-yard drive for the win with 1:22 left to play.
“We’re a very resilient team and we’ve been down before, but we know we have a pretty good football team and Quincy was playing very well,” said North Quincy head coach Ryan Craig. “We just told them we had to make just one play at a time. There’s always a sense of urgency. When you’re down two scores and someone tells you different they’re lying.”
Quincy (4-6) put the skids on a first quarter drive when Rily O’Connell recovered a fumble on North Quincy’s first possession. After a scoreless opening quarter, the Presidents took a 6-0 lead when quarterback Drew Boretti (152 yards passing, two touchdowns), hit Jacey Ham with a 52-yard strike down the right side line with 6:54 left in the half. The Presidents went up 12-0 with 5:57 remaining in the third as Boretti struck again, this time to Clayton Corley, who was a model of concentration hauling in a pass over his shoulder for a 14-yard score.
Fullback Matt Craig, who finished with 100 yards rushing, had three runs for 23 yards before MacIssac put the Raiders on the board. Murray’s point-after kick made it a 12-7 contest. Quincy threatened again in the with just over 7 minutes left on a Jarod Walker rush, but Cydney Green made a great open field tackle to drop him for a 2-yard loss.
Caldwell’s big touchdown catch gave North Quincy the victory and a 49-35-5 in the city school Thanksgiving rivalry. “There’s no one play that’s going to get you two scores,” said Craig. “You get the first one and then you work to get the next one.”

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