Thomas Murray kicked a 26-yard field goal late in the first half Friday for the Raiders.

QUINCY -- Last season, the North Quincy High football team won five games, its most since 2010. After an 0-2 start this year under second-year head coach Ryan Craig, the Raiders desperately needed a win on Friday night.

Although it was not pretty, and they only scored a field goal, it was enough as NQ (1-2) blanked Archbishop Williams, 3-0, at Veterans Memorial Stadium. Thomas Murray converted a 26-yard field goal with 11 seconds left in the first half to propel the Raiders.

“We absolutely need this one,” said Craig. “We started off 0 and 2. We played better last week against Westwood (a 19-8 loss). We had our chances in that game, too. We know we are on the uptick. We are playing better each week and we are going to play better every week.”

Running back Liam Hines provided much of the offense with 165 yards on the ground on 31 carries despite two fumbles, improving on his performance last week (14 carries for 85 yards). On defense, he added an INT.

“He is a tough kid, he runs with his shoulders down and he has great forward lean,” said Craig. “He gives us 100 percent of everything he has, just a great kid. Offensively and defensively. If you saw him out there, he was exhausted but he gave us everything out there tonight.”

Archbishop Williams (2-2) won only three games and missed the playoffs last season. Running back and co-captain Nic Tardanico fractured his ankle in a Week 2 win over Pembroke. Tardanico had run for 190 yards and three scores in a 28-0, season-opening win over Quincy.

“It’s a team effort," second-year coach Matt Reggiannini said. "I don’t like to think one kid makes or breaks us.”

The Bishops now have a two-game losing streak after getting beaten on a last-second field goal by Silver Lake last week.

Quarterback Neil Sanders had scored six TDs the Bishop' last two games, but NQ limited him to one completed pass.

“Defensively, they kept attacking. We made plays and stayed disciplined,” said Craig. “We kept the penalties down, played a clean ball game and they just played hard.”

To start the game, Archbishop Williams and North Quincy swapped a pair of drives with neither team being able to cross midfield. The offense got going a little bit for the Raiders on their next drive, thanks to Hines.

Hines ripped off runs of 10, 11 and 16 yards on consecutive plays to move the Raiders across midfield near the end of the first half. After another 19-yard gain by Hines, NQ had first-and-goal. After Hines went nowhere on first down, quarterback Cooper Hansen threw a pair of incomplete passes. That brought out Murray, whose kick would account for all of the scoring.

Hines had 55 yards rushing on the 11-play drive.

In the second half, Hines picked up where he left off, notching 60 yards on a drive that ended in the red zone after NQ failed to convert a fourth-and-3. Archies went three-and-out, giving NQ the ball back with only 36 yards to go. Again, NQ moved to a first-and-goal, but Hines fumbled into the end zone for a touchback at the beginning of the fourth quarter.

“I thought our defense played really solid,” said Reggiannini. “I just thought we made key mistakes offensively and we could not capitalize.”

Sanders was picked off twice late, by NQ’s Andrew Gott and Hines.

Both teams start league play next week with NQ hosting defending Div. 5 state champion Scituate on Friday, Oct. 4, and Archbishop Williams visiting Arlington Catholic the following day.

“We still have the playoff picture in mind. We still want to win our next three games and see where we fit in the playoffs,” said Reggiannini. “We have to get back to basics, though. I give credit to NQ, those kids played tough for four quarters. My hat goes off to them and their coaching staff."

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