Lynn Tech rolls over Tri-County
Tigers’ defense blitzes Cougars
BRAINTREE - Lynn Tech’s outstanding defensive performance propelled the Tigers past Tri-County, 29-7, yesterday for its second Massachusetts Vocational Super Bowl title in three years.
“This is the second time I got to play in a Bowl game,’’ said Lynn Tech’s Pedro Martinez. “It’s exciting. It’s my last year so I had to go out with a bang.’’
Martinez (91 yards on 12 carries, 2 touchdowns) broke through the pile and ran 47 yards to put the Tigers on the 3-yard-line on the fourth play of the game. He finished the opening drive with a rush up the middle for the 6-0 lead.
Tri-County fumbled the ensuing kickoff and Jason Grant recovered for Lynn Tech, but the Tri-County defense held.
The Cougars were forced to punt on their next drive, but the snap went over Chace Mechlinski’s head into the end zone and Jacob Devaney tackled Mechlinksi for a safety and an 8-0 lead.
Martinez rushed for his second 3-yard score just before halftime to send Lynn Tech into the break with a 14-0 lead. The Tigers’ defense didn’t allow any first downs in the first half.
“I tip my hat off to my line,’’ said Lynn Tech coach James Runner. “I told them this is the game you have to take over. All the time you hear about the running backs and the quarterbacks. The offensive and defensive lines made this game. They dominated.’’
“We weren’t executing,’’ said Tri-County coach Anthony Mazzola. “They were keying in on two of our best players. With 14-0 at half, we thought we still had a chance. The guys were open, they just weren’t making the plays.’’
Grant (33 yards on 6 carries, 1 TD) capped a 63-yard drive with a 9-yard rush with 1:49 left in the third. Quarterback Billy Colon hit Alexander Napoleon for the 2-point conversion, making the score 22-0.
Tri-County quarterback Matt Donovan (7 of 9, 40 yards passing) was sacked four times.
“We came at them a different way with our blitzes,’’ said Runner. “We blitzed almost every down and that paid off for us big time.’’
Luis Falcon found the end zone on a 9-yard run late in the fourth to put the Tigers up, 29-0.
Tyler Kaufman finally put the Cougars on the board with 25 seconds left, diving into the end zone to finish a 7-yard run. The TD was his 21st of the season, breaking the Tri-County record.
“All I wanted to do was get Kaufman in. He was one away from breaking the school record and they got it for him. I’m so proud,’’ said Mazzola.