NATICK — For much of the first half, Natick’s high-flying offense was stagnant. King Philip’s defense was getting into the backfield, causing havoc, and not allowing Redhawks quarterback Troy Flutie to get in a groove.
But things changed as time expired in the second quarter, when the second-ranked Redhawks were able to tie the game at 12 heading into the break. The 14-yard touchdown pass from Flutie to Alex Hilger was a sign of things to come.
Behind stellar performances from the duo of Flutie and Hilger, Natick got its offense going in the second half, cruising to a 39-26 win over the No. 18 Warriors in a Division 2 South quarterfinal. Natick moves on to face No. 6 Barnstable in the semifinals next weekend. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.