Spartans earn win this time
Sparking the controversy surrounding the Lawrence Academy football program last season, which resulted in the departures of the coach, athletic director, and school headmaster, was a scheduled game against St. George’s in Week 3.
Lawrence Academy walked away with a victory that day, but neither team took the field. St. George’s forfeited, citing safety concerns because of the size advantage of the Spartans players.
At the time, the Spartans had five players committed to Division 1 colleges and three linemen who tipped the scales at more than 300 pounds.
Last night, the teams met again, and it required a full four quarters plus a period of overtime for the Spartans to come away with a 40-36 victory.
“It was typical of the way games have been going for us, coming down to the last minute,’’ said new Spartans coach Paul Zukauskas.
Lawrence quarterback Marcus Backlin threw four touchdown passes and the Spartans were able to overcome five Jared Lucas touchdowns and a fourth-quarter surge by the Dragons.
The Spartans scored on the first possession of overtime on Nick Day’s 1-yard run, but the mandatory 2-point conversion attempt was picked off by Drew Boyd and returned 95 yards to give St. George’s the 2 points.
The Dragons then had a chance to win, but the Spartans’ defense held fourth and goal from the 3-yard line.
“It was a really great play by Steve Drury,’’ Zukauskas said. “They tried to run it outside. He took on a block, came off the block, and made the play.’’
With a new-look coaching staff and roster - Lawrence did not return any starters from last season - Zukauskas believes the Spartans have left any past problems where they belong.
“I think from the beginning of the year it’s been kind of a fresh attitude,’’ he explained. “I don’t think they were excited for a win over St. George’s specifically, but just excited for a win. It was more the emotion of a really good football game than anything that happened last year.’’
Governor’s Academy 36, BB&N 14 - Tate Jozokos threw three touchdown passes, two to Colin Smith, leading the Governors past the Knights.
Middlesex 35, Brooks 13 - Middlesex’s Nick Andonian threw three TD passes and Devin Chapman ran in two scores.
Groton 14, Rivers 7 - David Caldwell had two touchdowns for to lift the Zebras.
Division 1 Nonleague
Catholic Memorial 35, Hingham 14 - Armani Reeves and Donovan Henry each had two touchdowns as the 11-ranked Knights routed the Harbormen.
Brockton 37, Fitchburg 27 - Josh Brewster rushed for 142 yards on 23 carries and scored two touchdowns and Austin Roberts ran for 109 yards and a score for the visiting Boxers.
Malden Catholic 14, Quincy 7 - Manny Powers and Axel Kabeya scored on first-quarter runs, pacing the Lancers.
Division 1A Nonleague
Lynn English 10, Malden 0 - P.J. Dorsey scored the game’s only TD and the Bulldogs shut out the Golden Tornadoes.
Division 3A South Coast
Seekonk 31, Fairhaven 0 - Nick Bizier rushed for two TDs and Alex Sawyer hit a 43-yard field goal to lift the Warriors.
Division 4A Nonleague
Cathedral 32, Charlestown 0 - Gee Griffith scored four touchdowns for the Panthers and Matt Owens connected with Kadeem Edge on all of the 2-point conversions in a rout of the host Townies.
Division 5 Boston South
Latin Academy 27, Burke 0 - Kyle Dance ran in three touchdowns and passed for another in the Dragons’ win.
Brighton 28, O’Bryant 0 - Andrew Maestre had two touchdowns for the visiting Bengals.