Hudson football stages comeback but falls short against Maynard

Photos by/Jesse Kucewicz
Hudson wide receiver Joshua Duarte eyes a Maynard defender as he sprints along the sideline, April 3.

By Dakota Antelman, Managing Editor

Marlborough – The Hudson Hawks varsity football team came within one play of notching their first victory of the year, April 3. 

Down 7-0 to the Maynard Tigers in the fourth quarter, the Hawks scored a late touchdown and drew up a shot at a two-point conversation that would have effectively won the game. 

Maynard’s defense stood tall, however, and held on for the victory. 

Playing at Whitcomb Middle School in Marlborough due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Hawks met the Tigers as they sought to right the ship following a 35-7 loss to Littleton a week earlier.

Through most of the game, their defense kept pace, digging in to keep the Tigers off the scoreboard through the third quarter. 

With just 8:49 minutes left in the game, however, Maynard got on the board. They scored a touchdown and converted on their extra point attempt. 

With the ball back in their hands, Hudson managed to answer, driving downfield and dropping into the endzone on a touchdown pass from sophomore Ty Mullahy to junior wide receiver Marcus Bass. 

Head Coach Dan McAnespie quickly called for a two-point conversion attempt, but saw his team ultimately fail to punch past the Maynard defense.

Maynard recovered Hudson’s subsequent onside kick attempt and held on for the 7-6 victory.