By Mike Stoller
The Somerville High football team overcame a 13-point deficit to earn a stunning 41-35 win over host Durfee for its first win of the campaign.
The Highlanders (1-4) tied the game at 20 in the third quarter. Quarterback Phoenix Huertas connected with James Marin on a 9-yard TD toss. Huertas earlier hit Jonathan Santana for a 20-yard TD pass to cut Durfee’s lead to 20-14 at the half.
Durfee held the lead for most of the game and never trailed until Somerville’s Matt Collins intercepted a pass and returned it 23 yards for a TD. That put the Highlanders ahead 35-27 with 8:30 left in the game.
Before the interception, Kevin Raymond’s 8-yard touchdown run with 8:57 left pulled Somerville into a 27-27 tie. Raymond added a 48-yard TD run with 4:43 left to extend the Highlander lead to 41-27.
With Durfee driving late in the game, Collins sealed the victory when he picked off another toss with 1:04 left.
Phoenix finished the game completing 8 of 14 passes for 172 yards, including two TD tosses. He also rushed for 63 yards and a TD.
Raymond, meanwhile, had 92 yards on the ground and two touchdowns.
Somerville will host Everett on Friday.