They say you think about the rivalry games long after your high school career is over. If that's so, this year won't bring happy memories for Brockton (Mass.) High.
Brockton lost to Westwood (Mass.) Xaverian Brothers, 23-20, in double overtime of a game it seemingly had won in regulation.
With just 1:33 left in what would be a big win over Xaverian Brothers in the RivalsHigh Game of the Week, Brockton fumbled away the ball on a bungled snap at the Xaverian 45.
Xaverian Brothers quickly responded, going 55 yards to tie the game when quarterback Chris Calvanese (10-for-16, 134 yards, 2 TDs) found Mike Muir in the end zone for a 9-yard TD pass with 40 seconds remaining. The point after tied the game at 14.
Both teams added scores (but missed on their mandatory two-point tries) in the first overtime.
Xaverian Brothers stopped Brocton's second-overtime possession on an interception, then used a 19-yard field goal by Jules Murphy to come away with its 18th straight victory.
But more importantly, it was Xaverian Brothers' fourth-straight win in the series and gave it the overall series lead, 14-13. That wasn't lost on long-time Xaverian coach Charlie Stevenson who has coached or played in many of those games.
"For me, this victory puts us one up in the series, in what is one of the great rivalries in New England," Stevenson told The Enterprise. "The last time we were up in this series was 1968, when I was a senior here, so it took us a long time to get one up again over these great Brockton teams."
RivalsHigh take: A lot of the talk coming away from this game was about blown calls and poor officiating - not on the quality of play between two of the best in New England. While this game was to determine who could push into the rankings, it is not clear that the best team won on Saturday.