Note: Each day before the high school football season begins the Salem News sports staff will discuss a different topic as we Countdown to Kickoff.
What's the craziest comeback you've ever seen?
PHIL STACEY: Beverly trailed host Lynn English by three touchdowns in the first quarter in 2011 and its best player, RB Brendan Flaherty, left the game with an injury. Enter ‘Hashtag’ Kenny Pierce, who scored 5 TDs in a wild 35-34 comeback victory for the Panthers.
MATT JENKINS: Trailing by 16 points to start the fourth quarter, Pingree scored two quick TDs and added the two-point conversions to tie its Norm Walker Bowl game against Rivers at Gillette Stadium in 2010. Then, the Highlanders blocked Rivers’ attempt at a game-winning field goal, and Nick Antenucci scooped up the loose ball and returned it 84 yards for the winning score.
MATT WILLIAMS: Swampscott 34, Winthrop 32. Down 19-7 at halftime, Chris Cameron ran for 4 TDs in the second half to bring his team back. Swampscott took its first lead, 28-25, on a 53-yard TD pass in the fourth quarter and Winthrop got a 51-yard TD pass to retake the lead with 2:57 to go. After a TD was called back by holding, Cameron scampered in with 26 seconds to go to put Swampscott ahead for good.
GIANNA ADDARIO: Marblehead 23, Newburyport 20: Down by 14 points in the final four minutes of 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.
JEAN DePLACIDO: Running back Derek Coppola’s one man show late in the fourth quarter of St. John’s Prep’s 21-17 comeback win over Xaverian in 2007.
DAN HARRISON: Pingree’s 23-22 comeback win over Proctor in 2011. Highlanders came back from down three touchdowns to keep their 18-game winning streak alive.