FOXBORO — The Blackstone Valley Tech football team’s bid for a game-winning drive ended in an interception and the Beavers fell to the three-time state champions from Mashpee 22-16 Saturday night in the Division 7 Super Bowl at Gillette Stadium.
“We were just trying to move it as quick as we could,” BVT head coach Jim Archibald said of the final drive, that ended in a pick with 1:05 left in the fourth quarter. “We just missed the window on the route, give their linebacker credit, he made a great play. They made a few more plays than we did and they are the champs for a reason.”
Valley Tech had made it a six-point game earlier in the quarter, when quarterback Reece Hendriks connected with Jordyn Amero on a six-yard touchdown pass. The ensuing two-point conversion — a Hendriks pass to Conner Christensen — made it 22-16 Mashpee.
BVT struggled to run the ball from its opening possession, and turned to Hendriks to lead the attack through the air. The senior signal caller finished the game completing 11-of-19 passes for 171 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. He also started the Valley Tech scoring by scrambling for a three-yard TD run late in the first half.
“Of all the quarterbacks I have ever coached, he is the guy I wanted leading us at the end of the game,” an emotional Archibald said on the field after the loss. “He is an absolutely warrior, he left it all on the field, and I could not have asked for anything more from him. I love that kid, he is our team leader and that’s why this hurts, because he is such a big part of what we do.
“We are so proud of him and everything he stands for,” the coach added, “and I wish for him and for the other seniors this could have ended differently.”
Hendriks hit four different receivers on the night. Christensen finished with four catches for 53 yards and Amero caught two balls for 27 yards and a touchdown. Sophomore J.D. Antaya had two catches for 21 yards and senior Brandon Lira added three grabs for 64 yards.
“We knew we were going to have to throw it more just because of how big they are up front,” Hendriks said. “I have to give credit to my receivers getting open and making big catches when I needed them. Being able to go out there and score touchdowns at Gillette, it’s historic for us.”
The Beavers finish the campaign 11-2 overall. Valley Tech won Super Bowls in 2007 and 2012, but this season marks its first Central District title and Super Bowl appearance under the new, statewide playoff format.
This article appears in the Dec. 8 edition of the Milford Town Crier.