TYNGSBORO -- The Tyngsboro High football team survived a late comeback attempt from the Groton-Dunstable Crusaders, winning in dramatic fashion, 23-20, in the 10th annual Colonel's Cup on Thanksgiving.
Freshman kicker Justin Huberty drilled a game-winning field goal with time running out for Tyngsboro. And it was the final game for THS coach Jim Tansey, who will be stepping down from his post.
Tansey has been a head coach for 32 years split between Nashoba Tech and Tyngsboro High. He will coach wrestling in the winter and retire from his teaching post at THS in the spring.
"They (G-D) have had our number all along," said Tansey. "We started a lot of freshmen all year and we struggled at times. But I told them if they could win today they'd be the happiest team in the state. And they did it."
After a slew of punts and a missed field goal, Kyle Corkum ran one in from 15 yards out and after a successful two-point rush attempt from Corkum, extended the Tigers lead to 14-0.
G-D finally got on track at that point in the contest.
Crusader quarterback Bradley teDuits unloaded a dart to Samuel Battles for a 10-yard pass connection to put Groton-Dunstable on the board.
But Tyngsboro's Corkum scored his third touchdown of the day, taking off on an 80-yard touchdown run to put Tyngsboro up, 20-6.
But the Crusaders were not to be so easily thwarted.
On back-to-back drives, teDuits connected twice with his older brother, wideout Ryan teDuits, for 11- and 10-yard touchdown passes. After a missed conversion on the first TD, G-D running back Drew Bernard ran it in on a two-point conversion to tie the game at 20 apiece with 58 seconds left in regulation.
But 58 seconds proved to be too much time, as both Tom Brady and the Tyngsboro Tigers have now proven.
The Tigers' offense drove down the field to set up Huberty with an opportunity to win the game in regulation. And Huberty drilled a 30-yard field goal to give the hosts -- and coach Tansey -- a thrilling Thanksgiving win over the Crusaders.