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Saturday's Super Bowl capsules


FOXBORO — Here is a rundown on some of Saturday's Super Bowl games from Gillette Stadium.


Division 5: Scituate 35, Nipmuc 14


All season long, Scituate's explosive offense has been able to put big numbers on the scoreboard and fill the stat sheet.


That did not change against Nipmuc, as the Sailors capped their 12-1 season with a dominant win over the Central Mass. rep.


Junior running back Will Sheskey rushed for 207 yards on 24 carries and two touchdowns, and caught two passes for 78 yards and a touchdown. Quarterback Aidan Sullivan completed 11-of-15 passes for 177 yards, three touchdowns and an interception.


The Sailors quickly got on the board on their first possession, as Sheskey carried five times for 40 yards and a 1-yard touchdown. Sullivan helped set it up with a 23-yard completion to Daniel May just outside the goal line.


Sullivan then guided a nine-play, 63-yard drive where he completed five passes for 41 yards, the last featuring a spinning escape from the rush and 10-yard touch pass to the back left corner of the end zone to junior Nathan Gould.


Sheskey helped make it 21-0 with 4:29 left in the half with the most spectacular play of the half. He caught a screen pass along the Scituate sideline, made a few jukes, then sprinted 69 yards for the touchdown.


However, Nipmuc, with its big offensive line, was able to work its way back in the game through the air, even though it mainly built its attack around junior running back Richard Broni (87 yards rushing on 17 carries).


Junior quarterback Judah Dishington, who completed 17-of-29 passes for 213 yards, hit Matthew Richards for a 26-yard touchdown with 2:44 to go in the first half. Nathaniel Gould then executed a fake on the conversion attempt with a pass to Richards to help cut it to 21-8 by the break.


But after Scituate's Gould picked off Dishington on Nipmuc's first drive of the third, the Sailors went right back to work on offense. Sheskey ripped off a 41-yard run to the Nipmuc 30, and Sullivan capped the drive with a play-action pass to junior Max Roche for a 19-yard touchdown.


Sheskey added a 5-yard scoring run on a toss to the right, and Nolan Startzell's fifth point after gave Scituate a 35-8 lead with 6:36 to play.


Dishington added a 12-yard touchdown pass to Samuel Hilton, but it was too little, too late.


Division 6: Stoneham 26, Old Rochester 20


Stoneham and Old Rochester gave fans a little bit of everything. There were big plays through the air, on the ground, on special teams, and even a little controversy.


In the end, a 42-yard touchdown run by Stoneham's Christos Argyropoulos proved to be the difference, as the Spartans rallied past Old Rochester.


The Spartans finish the season at 12-1.


The play that will garner a lot of discussion going forward will be a fumble by Desmond Dias that came on the play just before Argyropoulos' run. Dias appeared to be down, but the officials still ruled in Stoneham's favor.


The Spartans, down 20-18 at the time, then pitched it to Argyropoulos, who found room along the right side and broke free for the score. Quarterback Deshawn Chase hit Chris Dragone for the two-point conversion with 3:21 to play.


Another fumble, this time recovered by Stoneham's Antonio Ventresca, essentially sealed it.


Trailing 12-7 at the half, Old Rochester (11-1) put together its best sustained drive of the night to start the third quarter, heavy on Dias runs. The fullback/tailback/linebacker capped it with an 8-yard sprint up the middle while dotting the I.


The Bulldogs increased their lead to 20-12 when quarterback Cole McIntyre hit tight end Adam Breault for a 47-yard touchdown with 2:28 left in the third quarter.


But Stoneham quickly got back in it, as Thomas Pizzi returned the ensuing kick to the Old Rochester 19. Five plays later, Dragone was in the end zone from 2 yards out as time ran out in the third quarter, and after the failed conversion rush, the Spartans trailed, 20-18.


The fourth featured one momentum swing after another, but the biggest one came after Jonathan Borsari stopped a Stoneham drive with a fumble recovery. The questionable call that gave the ball back to Stoneham came on the next play, and the Spartans capitalized.


Stoneham opened the game exactly how it wanted, with a nine-play, 48-yard drive that culminated in an 11-yard touchdown run by junior Seth Russell. The conversion rush failed to keep it at 6-0 with 4:53 to play in the first quarter.


Old Rochester answered right away, though, as McIntyre hit Tyler Noe for a 58-yard touchdown, as the latter tip-toed down the sideline and stretched the ball over the pylon for the score. Ryon Thomas' kick gave the Bulldogs a 7-6 lead with 3:31 to go in the first.


But after forcing a Stoneham three and out on the next drive, a botched option pitch led to a fumble recovery by Pizzi.


The Spartans capitalized on the next drive, as they marched 10 plays for 59 yards and popped into the end zone from a yard out via Chase.


Division 7: Blackstone Valley 18, St. Mary's 0


With a suffocating defense and standout performances from quarterback Scott Mackay and running back/defensive back JD Antaya, Blackstone Valley controlled play throughout to beat St. Mary's.


Mackay rushed for 96 yards and two touchdowns and threw for another 66. Antaya had 69 yards on just seven carries. The Beavers defense limited St. Mary's to 75 total yards.


Antaya put the Beavers on the board first when he scored from 2 yards out in the opening quarter. The play capped a short, 31-yard drive after Blackstone Valley (11-1) forced St. Mary's to punt from deep in its own end.


It remained 6-0 until Antaya rumbled 47 yards to help set up a Mackay touchdown run on fourth and goal from the St. Mary's 1. The quarterback made a deft play fake, then rolled to his left on a bootleg and ran into the end zone untouched.


That 12-0 lead nearly increased before halftime following an Antaya interception near midfield on the next St. Mary's (8-5) possession. However, Mackay took a big hit from Spartans linebacker George Freeman at the 1 as time ran out to keep it a two-score game.


It did not stay that way for very long, though, as the defense forced a St. Mary's punt to start the third quarter, and the Beavers took over with great field position again just inside midfield. Mackay finished off the ensuing drive with a 1-yard blast up the middle to make it 18-0 with 4:07 to play in the third quarter.


St. Mary's battled back at the beginning of the fourth quarter with a drive that was aided by a pass interference to put the ball inside the Beavers' 10-yard line. But quarterback Derek O'Leary was snowed under by the Blackstone Valley defense on fourth down to turn it back over to the Beavers.


Division 8: St. Bernard's 46, Pope John XXIII 35


It was all offense, all the time as St. Bernard's never stopped scoring in a win over Pope John XXIII.


The teams traded five touchdowns on the game's final six possessions, with Walter Morales Jr. of St. Bernard's taking it in from 35 yards out with 1:57 to go. Pope John had no timeouts left, and could not score on its final drive.

St. Bernard's led, 16-14, at halftime, then 24-20 at the start of the fourth quarter. But Pope John had to dramatically alter its game plan when quarterback Anthony Mejia left with an injury early in the final stanza.


The Tigers went with a Wildcat offense of direct snaps to John Smith Howell, and it paid off. After a 5-yard touchdown rush from Xavier Marty helped give St. Bernard's a 32-20 lead, Smith Howell took the ball 55 yards for a touchdown. Greg Smith's conversion rush sliced the deficit to 32-28.


But it only took St. Bernard's (12-1) three plays to travel 73 yards, with Morales taking it in from 3 yards out with 5:23 to play to give his team a 38-28 lead.


Smith Howell continued to make plays, though, as he converted a fourth and 5 from the St. Bernard's 30 with a 28-yard scamper. He then scored from 2 yards out, and Erik Flores kicked the PAT to pull the Tigers within 38-35 with 2:23 to play.


After a failed onsides kick, Pope John (12-1) simply could not make the stop it needed, as Morales' touchdown run salted it away.


Three different St. Bernard's players rushed for touchdowns: two each from Morales and Marty, and one from quarterback Domenic Cuevas


Mejia threw three touchdown passes — to Smith Howell, John Roshad, and Jesus Rivera — with 106 yards before leaving the game.

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