Saturday, October 29, 2011
Recap: No. 13 Lincoln-Sudbury 38, Westford 14
By Corey J. Allen
SUDBURY, Mass. -- No. 13 Lincoln-Sudbury shut out Westford Academy in the second half of their 38-14 win.
The Warriors maintained their perfect season thus far (8-0, 2-0 2-0 DCL) as junior running back Christopher Giorgio ran for three touchdowns on the evening.
“First of all I give big credit to the O-linemen today, they made the holes really big and it was easy to run the ball,” Giorgio said.
Giorgio and the rest of the offense amassed 280 yards on the ground last night.
Down 14-10 at the half after Westford’s Justin Mount scored an 18-yard touchdown run up the gut of the Lincoln-Sudbury defense, Warriors head coach Tom Lopez did not panic because he saw a legitimate reason that his team was down and it was an easy fix – hold onto the ball.
“We gave them a short field two times,” Lopez said. “We have to make them march. That was the key as we saw it. I don’t think we punted during the day, so our offense was fine, but we can’t give them the ball on our side of the field and expect the defense to hold them.”
LOPEZ'S KEY DRIVE Just before the half, the Westford Grey Ghosts (4-4) marched 48 yards to go ahead 14-10 after Brian Carroll fumbled the ball on the L-S 48. Carroll returned the kickoff nearly 60 yards, and despite a block in the back call on the play, the Warriors started on the Westford 47. Lincoln-Sudbury ate nearly five minutes off the clock and used seven of their most effective players on the drive, holding onto the ball and executing the way Lopez had expected them to.
“It changed the momentum of the game. The momentum of the game was definitely with them at 14-10… If they hold us, force us to punt, they control the ball while they have the lead it’s a whole different game.”
'DOUBLE COVERAGE' HARRIS
On three of L-S four scoring drives of the second half, John Harris caught passes of 18, 45 and 38 yards respectively, to bring his team within striking distance. Although he did not make it into the box score, Harris’ catches surely made a world of difference in sealing the win for the Warriors. His teammates call him “Double Coverage” for his ability to snag balls at will and the need for defenses to put more than one player on him to stop his terror in the secondary.
“We’re a run-first team… but when we got into spots, third and short, third and long, we have to go to the air, [quarterback] Matt [Cahill]’s able to make reads on the coverage… makes a good call and we can beet them deep.”
A LITTLE OLDER, HEALING WOUNDS
The first two games of the season saw senior captain Kyle Ashley on the sidelines due to an elbow injury. As a three-year starter, Lopez noted that the team would miss Ashley. But with the team rolling as they are, Ashley’s offseason workout that kept him in shape allowed him to play out the whole game on this cold New England night without any serious issues. With 27 seniors, compared to Westford’s 11, the core of the Warriors team, led by Ashley, know how to tough out a cold game and bring home the W.
“We all knew to lead by example and just leave everything on the field because it’s our last season and we don’t want to lose it.”