Framingham vs. Natick final score: Troy Flutie, Redhawks defeat rival Flyers, 26-14

FRAMINGHAM - Troy Flutie, the nephew of Boston College legend Doug Flutie, had three touchdowns (two passing) as the Natick Redhawks defeated the rival Framingham Flyers, 26-14, on Thanksgiving Day at Bowditch Field.

Flutie and the Redhawks (10-1) set the pace on the opening drive, as the Redhawks' junior gunslinger let loose a deep bomb to receiver Justin Robinson for an 80-yard score, putting Natick on top 7-0 with 7:29 remaining in the first quarter. Flutie added his second touchdown pass in the second, connecting with receiver Alex Hilger for a 27-yard score. Natick held a 14-0 lead at halftime.

Framingham (5-6) found its way onto the scoreboard early in the third quarter, as quarterback Christopher Bloomingdale found Matthew Cronin for a 7-yard score with 7:10 left, cutting the Redhawks' lead in half. Natick responded with Flutie's third touchdown, a one-yard quarterback keeper at 2:42 of the third.

The Flyers had a golden opportunity to get back in the game after a lengthy drive at the end of the third quarter. Framingham faced a second down and one at the Natick seven to open the final quarter, and would later need to face a fourth down and one, but a Cronin rush came up just short of the first.

Nick Lee's 15-yard touchdown run up the middle put the nail in the coffin for Natick, giving the Redhawks a 26-7 edge. Framingham would tack on a score in garbage time on a one-yard keeper from Bloomingdale with 52.9 ticks to play.

Natick clinched a postseason berth with the win and will take on Plymouth South on Nov. 27. Framingham, however, did not qualify for postseason play.

For more Thanksgiving football 2012 coverage, visit our StoryStream.

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