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Pioneers outlast Indians in double OT classic

Southbridge’s Jose Rosario gets taken down by an Indian. Shawn Kelley. (click for larger version)
November 29, 2009
SOUTHBRIDGE — In a longstanding rivalry like Southbridge vs. Bartlett on Thanksgiving morning, you're going to have a lot of close games and a lot of blowouts. But on this day, the 89th installment of the classic rivalry, it was one of the greatest games of all time.

The Pioneers scored early, the Indians scored late and the game went into overtime, tied 8-8.

Both teams scored in the first overtime, but only Southbridge could find the end zone in the second OT, giving the Pioneers the ultimate victory, 22-16.

"I'm speechless, to be honest," Southbridge senior Hashian Rosario said after he scored the game-winner. "We had to do what we had to do."

Going into the contest most people thought the game would be close, but no one could have figured it'd be one of the best games seen in some time.

Southbridge coach Frank Koumanelis agreed.

"I've been here 25, 26 years, and I've been involved in a lot of football games," he explained. "I think this one takes the cake."

For more on this story, please see Monday's Southbridge Evening News.

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