OT, fourth and goal, a cloud of dust: PMHS beats Brewster for semifinal trip


Photo credits: Courtney Valente

The PMHS football team won an absolute thriller against Brewster in the Section 1 Class A quarterfinals Friday night. The game was close for four quarters, with regulation ending in a 14-14 stalemate, before Pelham took the victory 20-17 in the overtime period. 

At halftime, neither team had scored. However, clutch second-half touchdowns by Pelicans Matteo Johnson, Josiah Campbell and a two-point conversion by Teddy Johnson tied the game with little left on the clock. Brewster had the chance to win the game in regulation, but major coaching errors cost them the chance as time ran out with the Bears on the one-yard line, a chip-shot field goal away from victory.

PMHS students celebrate game-winning OT touchdown from the stands.

In overtime, Pelham looked as sharp as they had been all game and forced Brewster to kick a fourth-down field goal. With the game on the line and one drive to determine the winner, the Pelicans marched down the field to the one-yard line. On fourth and goal, Pelham went for the win rather than kick. A risky quarterback sneak play call got Daniel Fredbeck in the endzone to finish the game and send Pelham to the next round.

“As a team, we earned this win,” said senior wide receiver Michael Romano said. “We worked all year, and now we need to keep working and show Somers who we are.”

Pelham will travel to top-seeded Somers next week for the semifinals.