Hand senior Matt Walsh scored five touchdowns to lead No. 3 Hand to a 40-20 Southern Connecticut Conference win over No. 1 Xavier Friday night at Palmer Field.
Hand, the defending Class L state champion, has won 18 straight games.
Xavier, which has won the past two Class LL state titles, has won 30 straight games.
UConn-bound Matt Walsh scores fifth touchdown of game, on a 1-yard run, to put Hand up 40-20.
Hand, leading 33-20, just recovered fumble on ensuing kickoff. Hand takes over with 7:04 left.
Matt Walsh scores fourth touchdown, an 8-yard run, on fourth down play, after bouncing off pile and outside down right sideline. Hand leads 33-20. All four of Walsh's carries have led to touchdowns.
Hand inside Xavier 15 after pass interference call on 4th and 8. Huge play. 9:15 left in the fourth quarter.
End of third quarter, Hand leads 27-20.
A face mask on Hand defense against Boyle in the end zone negated a safety. Still 27-20 Hand. Less than minute left in third quarter.
Hand goes ahead on 31 yard touchdown pass off screen. Caleb Ewarld with nifty moves to break free. 1:31 left in third quarter.
Xavier forced to punt, Hand driving again. Game tied at 20-20, 2:41 left in third quarter.
Matt Walsh culminates 95-yard drive with third TD run of game. Xavier blocks extra point attempt. Score tied at 20-20 5:04 left.
Hand putting together nice drive, into Xavier territory, inside Falcons 30. 7:23 left in third quarter
Xavier kicks off to start second half, leading 20-14
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