This year was packed with championships, upsets and personal milestones, but the best 2012-13 memory that tops the charts for me is Marblehead High football’s double overtime victory over Newburyport.
Down by two scores midway through the third quarter, the Magicians rallied to tie the game in regulation, then won it in the second extra session with a touchdown pass from Ian Maag to Dylan Cressy on the game’s final play for a 23-20 triumph at World War II Memorial Stadium.
In the overtime format, each team had four plays to score from the 10-yard line. Marblehead went first and managed a field goal to go up, 17-14. Newburyport followed suit with a field goal of its own and again the scoreboard showed a tie. The Clippers elected to go first in double overtime and were forced to settle for another field goal on fourth down. Taking over with a chance to win it, Maag ran for 2 yards before firing his TD pass to Cressy on second down to end it.
Marblehead came out flat in the opening half that night; even head coach Jim Rudloff admitted that the boys “didn’t have much emotionally.” It wasn’t until Zac Cuzner picked off Drew Bourdeau’s pass for a 50-yard for a touchdown with 4:15 left in the third quarter that the Magicians started their rally.
The contest is believed to be Marblehead’s second-ever OT contest and first such overtime win. It was quite a nailbiter, and anyone who left before the end missed out one of the most memorable, come-from-behind victories of the fall season.
“I’d never been involved in an overtime game,” said Jim Rudloff afterwards. “It was exciting and worth the money.”
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