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L-S 14, Barnstable 13

L-S has finishing touch

Warriors rally, edge Barnstable

By Mike Scandura
Globe Correspondent / November 30, 2011
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TAUNTON - Lincoln-Sudbury coach Tom Lopez scheduled a film session today after his team finishes classes.

What the Warriors will see, at least in the second half, may be Oscar-worthy.

Lincoln-Sudbury spotted Barnstable the game’s first 13 points before rallying with 14 in the fourth quarter to edge the Red Raiders, 14-13, in yesterday’s Division 1A semifinal.

The Warrior rally was led by Matt Cahill, who threw two touchdown passes to Jack Harris, the second of which was a 13-yard strike with 2:19 left. Will Twyman was successful on each of his PATs.

“Matt Cahill rebounded from a never-mind-the first half and played a great second half,’’ Lopez said. “He’s a great leader so I’m really proud of him.’’

The Warriors (11-1) will take on top-ranked Everett Saturday.

Cahill completed 9 of his 11 second-half passes for 114 yards and the two touchdowns.

The Raiders were nursing a 13-7 lead when they went for it on fourth and 2 from the Warriors 26. But the Warriors stuffed Hayden Murphy for a 3-yard loss.

Then Cahill guided the Warriors on a six-play, 71-yard drive that spanned 1:47. In the process, he completed 4 of 5 passes for 52 yards – including the winner to Harris.

Still, Lopez felt the tide turned after the Barnstable defense stuffed his team midway through the third quarter. On fourth and 2 from Barnstable’s 8, the Raiders stopped Dan Cellucci 6 inches short of a first down.

“I think the key was that series when they stuffed us on fourth and 2,’’ Lopez said. “Then they went three-and-out and that gave us some confidence.

“All of a sudden momentum changed. I think we had the ball three times in the second half and we marched it right down the field.’’

Momentum unquestionably swung in the Warriors’ direction as they reeled off a 52-yard drive that Cahill capped with an 11-yard touchdown pass to Harris.

What made this victory even more impressive is that the Warriors played the bulk of the game without one of their best two-way players, Brian Carroll.

“We lost Brian Carroll on the second series with a shoulder injury,’’ Lopez said. “He’s basically been our whole offense.

“He’s had eight interceptions on defense and 800 yards rushing on offense and he’s not in. Dan Cellucci, Greg Roder, and Henry Guild all did a great job filling in.”

Even without Carroll’s injury, the play of that trio was a necessity given the way Barnstable (7-5) played in the first half.

Quarterback D.J. Crook, who was playing his second game since missing a chunk of the season with a fractured thumb, completed 15 of 22 passes for 154 yards and gave Barnstable a 6-0 lead on a 28-yard dash late in the first quarter. The extra point was blocked by a wave of outstretched hands, a point that would loom large in the end.

On the first play of the fourth, he threw a 30-yard TD pass to James Burke, Barnstable’s last score of the season.

“I couldn’t be more proud of our kids,’’ Lopez said. “They deserve to be playing on Saturday.’’

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