MARBLEHEAD — The theory that lightning never strikes the same place twice can officially be put to rest.
The lightning rod that is Piper Field was hit again last night as the Marblehead football team connected on a 46-yard hook-and-lateral play that produced the game-winning points as time expired against Danvers.
Marblehead quarterback Ian Maag delivered a strike to a slanting Dylan Cressy 11 yards downfield. Cressy then pitched the ball back to Brian Daly, who went the rest of the way as the Magicians produced an amazing 28-25 win.
The Magicians had fallen behind by three points only seconds before when Danvers' sophomore quarterback Nick Andreas threw a beautiful 60-yard touchdown pass to Jake Cawlina, giving the Falcons a 25-22 lead with 38 seconds to play. Marblehead's miraculous comeback kept the hosts firmly entrenched in the hunt for the Northeastern Conference/Cape Ann League Tier 2 title.
The once beaten Magicians (8-1, 2-1 in league) will play unbeaten Beverly next week at Hurd Stadium in a game with huge title implications.
"We've been practicing that play all season long and that's what the play was designed to do," Marblehead coach Jim Rudloff said. "The seniors deserved to get the win tonight, but we've had two absolute horror shows of games the last two weeks and I'm very excited, believe it or not, to get out of here and go on the road."
Marblehead was coming off its first loss of the season, a last-minute setback against Salem when the Witches got the decisive points on a two-point conversion. The Magicians had a chance to win in the dying moments, but their field goal attempt sailed wide.
Execution proved to be the key this time around.
"Maag is a great quarterback and our offense runs through him. He put it right to me; all I had to do was toss it to Daly and he did the rest," Cressy said. "Unbelievable."