WESTFORD -- Nashoba Tech senior Brian Robinson fell to the turf with an interception with 22 seconds to go, securing a hard-fought playoff win over the Lunenburg Blue Knights on Friday.
Nashoba Tech 29,Lunenburg 21
Senior quarterback Vinny Eramo dove into the end zone for a score to break a 21-21 tie with 47 seconds left in the fourth as the Vikings moved on with a 29-21 MIAA Division 8 Central victory.
Nashoba Tech (6-3) will play Bartlett next weekend in the D8 Central final.
Viking senior Adam Blouin set up the winning drive with an inerception with 1:10 left. Eramo hit junior Eli Norton for the 2-point conversion to cap it off.
Lunenburg opened the scoring when junior quarterback Christopher Costich hit a streaking sophomore Cameron Mackenzie over the middle for a 64-yard touchdown.
Nashoba tied it at 7 later in the first on a 9-yard Eramo keeper. Lunenburg would go up on its next possession with a zig-zagging 28-yard scamper by sophomore Anthony Iannacci.
Nashoba started its last drive of the half on its own 22. Eramo converted a third down with a roll-out pass to Norton with 34 seconds to go. On the next play he would lead sophomore Jose Soba to the right end zone with a touchdown. Sophomore Tyler Alden tied it at 14 with the point after.
Lunenburg took a 21-14 lead with 7:13 to go in the third when Costich hit junior Colby Sprague with a wide-open 31-yard pass.
Nashoba Tech answered with an Eramo to Chris Mastrianni 32-yard strike.
The game was finally settled when Blouin set up the winning score for the Vikings and Robinson made his interception.
Eramo carried the ball for 124 yards and 2 touchdowns and passed 20 times with 13 conversions for 209 yards and 2 touchdowns. Adam Blouin carried the ball 27 times for 122 yards.