WESTFORD — Nashoba Tech advanced to the MIAA Division 7 North football championship game with a decisive 41-27 victory over the Boston Latin Academy last Friday night.
The second-seeded victors (6-3) will host No. 4 St. Mary’s of Lynn (6-3), which defeated top-seeded Greater Lawrence Tech, 34-28, in their semifinal.
That championship game will be held on Friday night, Nov. 9, at 7:00 on Nashoba’s home field in Westford.
The Vikings broke out to a 21-0 lead at the half and never looked back.
Senior quarterback Eli Norton ran for a one-yard score. On the night he rushed 22 times for 60 yards. He threw for two touchdowns, 53 yards to Ryan Pearson and 56 yards to Randy Delva. Delva kicked three conversions. On the night Norton was 11 of 20 passing for 221 yards.
The Green Dragons (5-4) found the scoreboard twice in the third quarter to close the margin to 21-14.
Sophomore quarterback Zachary Maffeo threw a 49-yard pass to senior running back Sedric Johnson. Later, Johnson broke off a 55-yard end run. The two conversions were kicked by sophomore Jack Sullivan.
The Vikings answered with a 31-yard pass from Norton to wide receiver Jose Soba, but the kick was wide for a 27-14 score after three quarters.
Both teams would score two times each in a fast-paced fourth quarter.
Johnson ran 18 yards for the Dragons and the Sullivan kick made the score 27-21 Nashoba.
The Vikings came back when Norton completed a 56-yard drive with a 6-0yard scoring run. Delva’s kick made the score 34-21.
The visitors quickly responded with a 66-yard drive in five plays. Sedric Johnson (20 carries for 199 yards) would run the final 19 yards for the score. The attempt for two points on the run failed.
The Vikings put the ballgame away on a 33-yard drive. The running game was controlled by senior fullback Luke McKenna (10 carries for 85 yards on the night), who had a 25-yard run.
He was rewarded with the final carry that went one yard for the score. Delva’s kick made the final 41-27.