Trailing 14-8 with only seconds to go in the half, the Haverhill High football team looked poised to tie the game heading into intermission.
But Pentucket Regional High senior Nolan Dragon intercepted a pass from Hillies quarterback Tommy Morgan and returned it for a touchdown to change the fortunes of the game, as Pentucket defeated Haverhill 41-21 on Saturday afternoon.
"We were trying to go in for a late score and (Dragon) just made a good play on the ball and returned it all the way," said Haverhill coach Tim O'Connor.
Dragon also tore up the Hillies on offense with 237 yards rushing and three touchdowns.
"Pentucket was well prepared and they executed their game plan," O'Connor said. "They pushed us around on defense."
On the bright side for the Hillies, Morgan completed 21 out of 29 passes for 249 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Pentucket successfully took away Haverhill's running game and held Chance Brady to only 53 yards after he averaged 200 yards per game during his first four games.
"We just have to put this one behind us and have a good week of practice this week," O'Connor said.
The Hillies go on the road on Friday, as they face conference foe Methuen. Kick off is at 7 p.m.
— Alex Lippa
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