It only took one play for the Pingree football team to turn around what had been a sluggish first half.
Trailing by two scores at the break, Pingree kicked off to start the second half against Hebron Academy on Saturday. Junior Johnny Spears tackled the Hebron kick returner, stripped the ball in the process, then raced into the end zone for a score.
That momentum-changer completed shifted the game, and Pingree went on to a 54-34 victory.
”That started everything,” Pingree (3-1) coach Chris Powers said. “I think we played so flat in the first half and that was a great spark to get us going.”
Spears and senior quarterback Jerome Capadonna each scored three touchdowns to pace the Highlanders, which got excellent play from both the offensive and defensive lines. Nick Antenucci also stood out defensively for Pingree.
St. John’s Prep 2, Andover 0: St. John’s (9-1) qualified for the postseason with this victory. Nate Schmidt scored his sixth goal of the season and Matt Chilton also had a goal for the Eagles. Junior Anthony Vigliotta had a pair of assists for the winners.
Center midfielder Sean Kelly and midfielder Brooks Clark also played well for St. John’s, while goalie Ben Alpern made four saves to record his eighth shutout of the season.
Swampscott solid at Woods Trail Run: Swampscott boys senior captain Peter Hale placed third overall at the Woods Trail Run, hosted by Thetford Academy in Vermont over the weekend. Hale ran the muddy, hilly course in 16:59. Junior Matt Mahoney also ran well, taking seventh in 17:25.
On the girls side, freshman Isabella Kornitsky finished in 22:21.
Endicott drops two: The Gulls lost to No. 9 ranked Elmhurst and No. 13 ranked University of Chicago on Saturday. Endicott did win one set against Chicago, their first ever set win against a ranked team. Callie Dolan and Mackenzie Guerre had four kills each in the match against Elmhurst.