Captain to captain, Grammer made sure his team had no time to worry. Almost immediately after play resumed, he put Masco on top with an assist to Edison Forbes.
“Everybody loves their captains,” said Masco coach Dave Mitchell. “I was over with Jeff, and I’m sure Adam got the guys together and kept them composed there. Everybody stepped up.”
The Chieftains weren’t content to sit back up by a goal (“Way too much time for that,” Mitchell said). Criscione struck 46 second later, assisted by senior Stephen Pease (who had a first half goal). Another 28 seconds later, Forbes found the back of the net and suddenly Masco had three goals in four minutes and a 4-1 lead.
“It didn’t even seem real. It felt like I was in a dream when I scored my goal,” said Criscione. “I could barely comprehend what was happening.”
Walpole added to the frantic pace by potting a goal 46 seconds later to make it 4-2. Then a few minutes after that, Forbes received a red card and was sent off. Masco played the final 31 minutes of the game with 10 players, though you wouldn’t have known it based on how much possession over the 50-yard line they had.
The final half-hour of action was much calmer than those first 10 minutes of the second half. The damage was done and Masco was destined to hoist the state title.
“We pride ourselves on fitness, from the first day of double sessions,” said Mitchell, echoing the sentiments of Lenny Emmons, who led the Chieftains to the 1996 state title and some 576 wins.
Just how did Masco open up the space to create, and finish, three quality scoring chances in such a short time? By using precision passing and playing the entire width of the field. In this instances, going East-West was just as effective and running North and South.