For the first time since 2004, the Canton High football team beat Stoughton on Thanksgiving, with the Bulldogs shocking the heavily-favored Black Knights, 28-26, Thursday in Stoughton.
And for the first time in the 87-year history of the Thanksgiving rivalry, the game was decided in overtime.
After Frankie Morris got Stoughton on the board first in overtime with a two-yard touchdown run, giving the Black Knights a 26-20 lead after the two point conversion attempt was fumbled, Canton responded with a five-yard touchdown run by Shane Nordgren to tie the game. Canton then won on Dexter Green's successful two-point conversion run.
With the win, Canton finishes the season at 3-6 and 2-2 in the Hockomock League's Davenport Division. Stoughton came into the game looking to get its 10th win, which would have set a single-season school record, but instead finishes at 9-2 and 2-2 in the Davenport.
Even though Canton is 3-6 the Bulldogs have played teams tough, particularly Davenport teams. All of Canton's four division games have been decided by a single possession and three have gone into overtime.
"To beat that team [Stoughton], wow," Canton coach Dave Bohane said. "Look at what they've accomplished this year. Face the adversity they've faced and to beat North Attleboro and Mansfield and Bridgewater-Raynham. That is just a super team. To say that we beat them is just incredible for our program. I'm really excited for the seniors."
Regulation ended tied at 20. Stoughton trailed 20-14 in the fourth quarter, but quarterback Dan Eckler hit Marcus Middleton for a 30-yard touchdown pass, tying the game with 6:50 left to play. The two-point conversion attempt was no good as Eckler was sacked.
Canton proceeded to drive down the field. Facing a fourth and 1 at the Stoughton 21 with 1:27 left in the fourth, Elias Camacho picked up the first down, but fumbled at the Stoughton 2-yard line, with Lance Beardsworth recovering the fumble. Stoughton ran out the clock sending the game into overtime.
Morris had two touchdowns for Stoughton, while Malachi Baugh and Middleton added one each. For Canton, Camacho had two touchdowns, while Green and Nordgren had one each.
Camacho led Canton with 146 yards rushing (and added a two point conversion); Green had 70 yards on the ground (and the game-winning two-point conversion); and Nordgren added 51 yards.
In the 87-year history of the series, there had been ties in 1934, 1965, 1975 and 1992, but this was the first game played with the new overtime rules in place.
Stoughton had outscored Canton 229-35 during its seven-game winning streak from 2005-2011, but now Canton will take possession of the Thanksgiving trophy, and earns bragging rights for the year.
Stoughton still leads the all-time series, 43-40-4.
- 6:18 - Stoughton - Frankie Morris 1-yard TD run (Dan Eckler pass to Lennox Green for 2-point conversion) - STOUGHTON LEADS 8-0
- 10:50 - Canton - Dexter Green 30-yard TD run (Elias Camacho run for 2-point conversion) - GAME TIED 8-8
- 0:25 - Canton - Camacho 2-yard TD run (2-point attempt no good) - CANTON LEADS 14-8
- 8:08 - Stoughton - Malachi Baugh 30-yard TD run (2-point attempt no good) - GAME TIED 14-14
- 9:01 - Canton - Camacho 7-yard TD run (2-point attempt no good) - CANTON LEADS 20-14
- 6:50 - Stoughton - Eckler 30-yard TD pass to Marcus Middleton (2-point attempt no good) - GAME TIED 20-20
- Stoughton - Morris 2-yard TD run (2-point attempt no good) - STOUGHTON LEADS 26-20
- Canton - Shane Nordgren 5-yard TD run (Green 2-point run) - CANTON WINS 28-26