WINTHROP -- Carried on the back of the Bulldogs' Melvin Taveres, Lynn English powered its way past Winthrop Friday night on three touchdowns from its stellar running back to notch its first win of the season, 31-12.
Lynn English quarterback Tyllor McDonald hit Taveres with a screen pass in the flat that the 5-11 175-pound senior took and then jigged and scurried his way through a pile of Winthrop defenders before making it a foot race and a 44-yard touchdown.
Taveres followed it up with a 14-yard touchdown ini the second quarter and then added another 40-yard TD run in the fourth to put English up by two scores with five minutes left in the game.
"(Taveres) has got uncommon speed," said Lynn English coach Peter Holey. "He's a 4.5 kid and he's got great vision. Tyllor (McDonald) is the same. He throws a nice ball, very fast, and makes good decisions for us. Anytime the ball is in either one of those guys hands, we have a chance to make a play."
Winthrop made the first mark on the scoreboard with Nick McCarthy's 7-yard touchdown run to put the Vikings up 6-0 with 4:20 left in the first quarter. Vikings quarterback James Barker punched in a 1-yard touchdown run in the fourth while Lynn English topped off its offensive efforts with a touchdown pass from McDonald to Travonne Berry-Rogers with 3:04 left in the game.
"Melvin Taveres and Tyllor and Trevon Berry-Rogers are weapons that people are going to have to deal with," Holey said.
Lynn English (1-1) faces a Beverly team next week that the Bulldogs haven't beaten in six years. Winthrop (0-2) faces Gloucester.
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