Friday night’s Patriot League Keenan Division football game between Whitman-Hanson Regional High and Hingham High showcased just how evenly paired these two clubs are.
Both came in with a 4-1 record and found themselves toward the top of the division.
Last season’s bout between these two saw W-H go up 12-0 early, but it failed to put the Harbormen away. It took Hingham one quarter to dig itself out of its hole en route to a 32-12 victory.
This fall’s matchup was a lot closer, however, still resulted in a Harbormen victory.
Once again, putting away Hingham was an issue for W-H. Leading 14-6 in the third quarter, W-H fell victim to a 22-7 run and fell 28-21.
A 29-yard touchdown from Jack Johnson to Tim O’Brien proved to be the game-winner for the Harbormen (5-1, 4-0). The score was followed by a two-point conversion run from Ryan Cahoon.
After a scoreless opening quarter of play, Mike Driscoll’s squad got on the scoreboard first in the second frame via a 21-yard pass from Ethan Phelps to Brett Holmes. Jake O’Brien’s kick made it 7-0.
Hingham answered with 8:40 to go before halftime when Kevin Shea scored from two yards out.
W-H (4-2, 2-2) jumped ahead by a score in the third quarter when Mike Connors bowled his way into the end zone from 12 yards out. O’Brien’s kick extended the lead to 14-6.
However, touchdown runs from Johnson and Will Thomas pushed the Harbormen in front 20-14.
W-H countered in the final quarter when Phelps found pay dirt, coupled with an O’Brien PAT, to go up 21-20.
The Panthers are back on the field Friday, Oct. 20, at 7 p.m. as they hit the road to duke it out with Silver Lake (4-2, 2-2).