Beverly had the ball to begin the fourth quarter and was driving in Danvers territory when the hosts made the first of many big plays over the next 11 minutes. On 4-and-4 from the 34, Falcons linebackers Sam Vitale and Joe O’Donnell stepped up to stop Beverly’s Matt Madden (51 yards rushing) for a 1-yard loss, giving them the football back.
The Falcons then drove 65 yards in over six minutes, all on the ground, to retake the lead. Twice they converted on third down and another on fourth down (thanks to a 15-yard Panther penalty). Valles’ third score of the night, in which he went up and over the pile from two yards out, and his subsequent conversion rush gave the Blue-and-White a 27-21 lead with 4:06 to play.
“You could tell Alex had it (last night); you could see it in his eyes,” said Andreas, who threw for 85 yards. “He wants to perform well for the team, not for himself.”
But Danvers made the mistake of kicking off directly to White, who corralled the football at his own 16-yard line, found a seam and took off, going 84 yards to paydirt. Madden’s fourth extra point of the night gave Beverly the lead back just like that, 28-27.
But the Falcons did not flinch. A 24-yard pass from Andreas to Cris Valles gave the home team first down on their own 47 when Andreas hit Alex Valles on a seam route. Catching the pass in stride, he made one move near the Beverly 40-yard line and simply outran the secondary from there, scoring his fourth TD and giving Danvers the lead for good, 33-28.
“Valles is an outstanding player,” said Beverly head coach Dan Bauer. “He made plays when they really needed him to and played inspired.”
The teams combined to score three touchdowns in 48 seconds in that wild fourth quarter.