Sep 27, 2014 5:00 PM

Somersworth rallies past Campbell

SOMERSWORTH – Challenged by its coach at halftime Friday night, the Somersworth High School football team responded. The Hilltoppers used a big second half and another workhorse performance from Elyjah Dejoie on both sides of the ball to pull out a come-from-behind win over Campbell, 20-13, in Division III. Trailing 13-6 at halftime, Somersworth scored one touchdown in the third quarter and another in the fourth, then forced a pair of turnovers on defense to preserve the victory as the Hilltoppers improved to 2-1. “We were a different football team in the second half,” said Somersworth coach Dan Hodsdon. “The message at halftime was ‘you’ve been punched. What are you going to do now? Are you going to punch back or are you going to fold?’” Hodsdon received the answer to his question quickly when the Hilltoppers marched 86 yards to the far end zone on their first possession of the second half, culminating in a 33-yard touchdown run by Dejoie. The senior co-captain finished with 228 yards rushing on 36 carries and accounted for all of Somersworth’s points with touchdown runs of 44, 33 and 27 yards. He pulled the Hilltoppers within 13-12 on a 33-yard scamper with 4:19 left in the third quarter, then tacked on the 2-point conversion as Somersworth went ahead to stay, 14-13. “Coach said we got punched in the face and we had to punch back,” Dejoie said. “Everybody stepped up.” Dejoie gained 148 yards on 22 attempts in the second half, including a 27-yard TD run that made it 20-13 with 9:08 to play. “We stopped tackling in the second half for some reason,” said Campbell coach Greg Gush.


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