It wasn’t as easy as many expected, but St. John’s of Shrewsbury won its second straight Super Bowl, knocking off Nashoba Regional, 31-21, in a physical battle to capture the Division 1 championship last night at Fitchburg State’s Elliott Field.
The win capped a 12-1 season for the Pioneers, who didn’t lose to a Central Mass. team all season. Nashoba, which had won eight straight coming in, finished its season 10-3.
For its part, Nashoba played tough, physical football and was not intimidated by the Pioneers despite many predictions of certain defeat. Nashoba outgained the Pioneers in the first half and put heavy pressure on quarterback Dan Light, intercepting him twice.
Will Hurley led the way for the Chieftains, throwing for 140 yards and touchdowns to Conor Wyand and Randy Patterson.
Though he was under constant pressure, Light proved why he’s one of the best players in the state.
The senior carried the Pioneers, rushing for 122 yards and a touchdown — including 80 yards in the second half — and throwing for 174 yards (15 of 26) and touchdowns to Richard Rodgers, Efrain Montalvo, and Drew Ortone.
Division 1A Wachusett 35, Holy Name 8 — Eric Darko had a pair of first-half touchdowns to lead Wachusett Regional (11-2) over Holy Name (10-3) at Worcester State’s Coughlin Field.
Division 2 Auburn 28, David Prouty 8 — Auburn and David Prouty came into the Division 2 Super Bowl boasting the longest winning streaks in Central Mass., but thanks to a dominating defense, the Rockets left no doubt who was the better team.
Auburn clinched its third straight Super Bowl title and ran its Central Mass.-record winning streak to 37 games with a convincing win over the Panthers at Worcester State, snapping Prouty’s 25-game winning streak.
The Rockets are the first team in state history to record consecutive 13-0 seasons.
Senior Steven Wallace caught three passes for 103 yards and a touchdown. He also was one of the leaders of a defensive unit that kept Prouty running back Zach Grasis from taking over the game.
Division 2A Northbridge 24, Millbury 7 — Tom Murphy threw for 171 yards and a touchdown while Colby Brochu ran for 77 yards and two scores, including a 43-yard touchdown run on a fake punt to seal the victory late in the fourth quarter, as Northbridge toppled Millbury at Fitchburg State.
Division 3 Clinton 22, Hudson 21 — Joe Rice returned a kickoff 82 yards for a touchdown and running back Philip Nobrega scored a pair of second-half touchdowns to lead Clinton back from a 21-6 deficit to edge Hudson at Worcester State. It was the second straight Super Bowl title for Clinton (12-1).
Division 3A Narragansett 36, Oakmont 35 — Narragansett stopped speedy Oakmont on a 2-point attempt with 1:33 left to end a furious Spartan comeback from a 15-point, fourth-quarter deficit at Fitchburg State. The Warriors, spearheaded by fullback Cody Savoy (four touchdowns), built a 36-21 lead midway through the final quarter.