SUDBURY, Mass. -- Three-year starter Christopher Giorgio has seen this Lincoln-Sudbury senior class grow from a few starters to what became a crucial part of a third-straight Dual County League (Large) division championship team last night.
In what has been a close rivalry the past five years, the No. 23 Warriors bested division rival Acton-Boxboro for the fourth straight time and cruised to a postseason berth with a commanding 21-3 victory at Myers Field.
“Starting off we did not have many (sophomore) starters,” said Giorgio of his sophomore year. “A lot of [our success] had to doing with starting at a young age and having older kids that taught us leadership skills. We were ready to [defend] it again this year.”
All three L-S (8-1, 3-0) touchdowns were scored by senior backs with the first two coming off a pair of two yard rushes by Giorgio at 7:02 and 1:47 respectively in the second quarter.
Junior backup quarterback Ben Colello caught a pitch from senior quarterback Henry Guild, faked the run, and hit a 10-yard pass to teammate senior Marquis Simmons to place the Warriors on the 26-yard line four minutes into the second quarter.
An eight-yard trap rush by senior Malik Layne on the next play put L-S in position for its first score.
“We stay low and keep the legs moving,” Giorgio said. “Repetition [and] knowing what the defense's formats and strengths are.”
After a 15-yard facemask penalty benefited L-S on its next possession, Guild broke a pair of sweep plays for 13 and 18 yards to set up Giorgio's second touchdown for a 14-0 lead.
A-B took four minutes and 11 plays to move 56 yards and put the ball on the Warriors' 14-yard line during its opening play of the second half. However a total of zero yards on its next three plays, forced the Colonials to let senior Jack Perry kick a 31-yard field goal.
Layne caught the edge on the final play of the third quarter and swept eight yards to bury the Colonials (6-3, 0-2) , with 21-3 touchdown.
“Henry [Guild] did a great job of orchestrating the offense,” Warriors head coach Tom Lopez said. “We had pretty good balance on offense [and] we did it against a very good team.”
Turnovers and conversion failures stunted the Colonials' offense and set up two Warriors' scores.
Senior linebacker Dario Morando flew by the offensive line and grabbed senior Billy Jackman in the backfield to force a failed fourth and 1 attempt on A-B's 36-yard line at eight minutes in the second quarter to setup the first score.
Warriors senior Nick Deandrade grabbed a fumble off a botched sweep play the Colonials' 47-yard line at 4:03 to prompt the final scoring
“We moved the ball and then we would make a mistake and go the wrong way,” A-B head coach Bill Maver said. “Execution and mistakes. I think that is what hurt us more than anything.”
CARROLL'less, but Senior Laden
Malik Layne and Giorgio have stepped up the pass two weeks to fill the role of missing leading rusher and senior Brian Carroll, who is sidelined with a knee injury.
Layne rumbled for 87 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries to lead the Warriors in rushing, while his fellow senior, Giorgio, took 15 carries for 59 yards and two touchdowns.
“I keep telling people, 'We are doing this without Brian Carroll and it is unbelievable,'” said Lopez. “They have great balance and they are physically and mentally tough.”
“We dedicate this season to [Carroll],” added Giorgio.
Not So Close This Time Around
The double-digit win last night by L-S is an oddity in a rivalry that has been predominantly a one-score game during the last five years. With A-B grabbing a 15-6 win in 2008, L-S has won four of the last five -- all by one score.
“The last two weeks have been tough,” Lopez said. “We have not lost a DCL game in a long time. If we stay healthy, we are looking forward to another shot in the playoffs.”
LINCOLN-SUDBURY 21, ACTON-BOXBOROUGH 3
A-B (6-3) 0 – 0 – 3 – 0 – 3
L-S (8-1) 0 – 14 – 0 - 7 – 21
LS – Chris Giorgio 2 run (Chris Roder kick)
LS – Giorgio 2 run (Roder kick)
AB – Jack Perry 31 field goal
LS – Malik Layne 8 run (Roder kick)