PLYMOUTH — When the scoreboard ran down to zeros Thursday, Plymouth North and Plymouth South lined up to shake hands.
The gesture was of respect, but the message was different.
With a 39-8 victory wrapped up at Plymouth South High, Plymouth North coach Kevin Cobban waited to shake hands with every Plymouth South player as they walked down the line, saying, “Good luck at Gillette.”
“We’re Plymouth together and we root for each other back and forth,” Cobban said. “These kids all know each other, so we’re very happy for them.”
Plymouth South (9-2) elected to rest its starters rto be rested and healthy for the Super Bowl against Tewksbury Dec. 7. It is Plymouth South’s first state title berth. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.