Dorsey fuels Lynn English rout
LYNN - Manning Field boils with intensity when Lynn English and Lynn Classical play on Thanksgiving Day. This year, the Bulldogs brought the heat.
Northeast Conference MVP P.J. Dorsey scored three touchdowns as English throttled Classical, 35-0, yesterday.
“That was a workman-like performance,’’ Lynn English coach Peter Holey said. “That’s a good win for us. They’ll remember the season fondly, but for every senior that plays football here, this is the most important game of the year.’’
No. 17 Lynn English (9-2, 5-0 CAL/NEC Division 1) got all the scoring it needed in the first quarter when quarterback Jermaine Kelly connected with Josh Batista on an 18-yard touchdown pass to cap a 73-yard drive. Erik Holey’s 2-point reception put the Bulldogs up, 8-0.
Dorsey scored his first touchdown on a 5-yard run and Chris Lessard hit the extra point to extend English’s lead to 15-0.
Cue the defense. The Bulldogs finished the half with three sacks. Corey Moreau hit quarterback John Finnigan for a 7-yard loss, forcing Lynn Classical (4-6, 1-4) to punt with 2:20 left. Jevon Brown-Simpson and Mike Dwyer also got in on the action.
“[Defensive coordinator] Greg Brotherton does an unbelievable job with those kids,’’ Holey said. “Our linebackers are undersized but we’re very physical. We tackle all the time and that’s the way they are taught to play. They were flying to the ball.’’
Kelly left the game with a minor knee strain, although he is expected to return for Tuesday’s playoff game against Everett.
Brown-Simpson stepped up to run the offense, his quarterback experience playing for Pope John paying off.
“I had a lot of quarterback experience the past two years and I just had to jump in and do what I needed to do,’’ Brown-Simpson said.
The Bulldogs added three more touchdowns in the second half. Dorsey ran untouched around the left side for 5-yard score on Lynn English’s first drive of the half. Four minutes later, Brown-Simpson burst through the line of scrimmage and took off for a 23-yard touchdown to put English ahead, 29-0, at the end of three.
The fourth quarter was all Dorsey. He sacked Finnigan to halt a drive and the Bulldogs took over on their 38-yard line. Two plays later, Dorsey took the ball 53 yards for the final score of the game.
“It’s a great feeling,’’ said Brown-Simpson. “We worked hard all summer to be put into this situation. We are NEC champs, we won on Thanksgiving, and we’re going to the playoffs.’’