On a rainy, windy Friday night in Wayland, the Lincoln-Sudbury football team forced four turnovers and overcame first-half offensive struggles and a 30-minute delay due to thunder and lightning to beat a game Wayland squad, 19-0, to remain undefeated.
Wayland played hard despite losing junior quarterback Matt Goddard early in the first quarter to a broken collarbone. Both teams stopped each other on downs throughout the first half, and big plays were few and far between. Chris Giorgio had a 51-yard run for Lincoln-Sudbury, and Robert Williams broke two 15-yard runs for Wayland.
With less than two minutes left in the half, lightning struck, literally and figuratively. Right after lightning filled the sky over the south end of the stadium, Lincoln-Sudbury recovered a fumble on a punt that touched a Wayland player. After Lincoln-Sudbury quarterback Matt Cahill completed a long pass to John Harris on the following possession at the Wayland 13-yard line, officials suspended the game for 30 minutes due to the thunderstorm.
After the wait, Lincoln-Sudbury ran two plays culminating in a 10-yard run for a touchdown by Brian Carroll, and a 6-0 halftime lead. The Warriors had the first break in a game that would be defined as a defensive struggle.
The second half started with more hard hitting from both defenses, as each team went three and out on their first offensive possessions. Lincoln-Sudbury wound up punting on its second possession, and Wayland’s Tyler Mordas returned the ball to the L-S 38-yard line for their best offensive opportunity of the night.
On third down however, an interception by Lincoln-Sudbury’s Will Twyman stalled the drive. Lincoln-Sudbury was forced to punt again, but with 1:45 remaining in the third quarter, Brian Carroll picked off another Kamari Allen-Howard pass. This set up a 26-yard strike from Cahill to Harris for a Lincoln-Sudbury touchdown and a 12-0 lead heading to the final quarter.
Wayland entered the fourth quarter with an excellent chance to get back in the game, but a third interception by Lincoln-Sudbury’s Ricky Antonellis all but sealed the victory. Chris Giorgio finished off the ensuing drive a five-yard touchdown run and a 19-0 lead with 3:18 remaining.
“Our defense was outstanding,” Lincoln-Sudbury coach Tom Lopez said. “We forced four turnovers, and our offense was able to limit mistakes and protect the ball. That was the key to our win.”
Lincoln-Sudbury goes for its seventh straight win against Boston Latin at home next week.