LYNN — In what is typically a Thanksgiving Day rivalry matchup, the 107th meeting between Lynn English and Lynn Classical came down to plays in the final minutes. Lynn English senior captain Anthony Timmons stood up the challenge with an interception with 2:01 left and then helped run out the clock last night at Manning Field.
The 14-6 win for Lynn English was a much-needed victory in their final home contest and also the 42nd over the Rams in the heated rivalry after winning for the third time in four seasons.
“It was a nice one,” said Bulldogs coach Chris Carroll. “It’s been such a strange season, but the kids have been working hard. It’s always good to beat Lynn Classical. Both teams played hard. Credit to them as well. I’m happy for my kids as well. They started making plays when they needed to.”
Late into the second quarter, Lynn Classical (1-2) struck first as Kyle Durant scored from 15 yards out with 3:06 left in the first half for a 6-0 lead. Rams freshman Marquese Avery ran for 65 of his 103 yards on the day on the drive.
Lynn English (1-2) answered with a drive that took just 2:17 as Timmons notched 59 of the 73 yards on the drive, culminating with a 21-yard scamper with 49 seconds to go and a successful two-point conversion had the Bulldogs in front 8-6 at halftime.
“You feed the hot hand,” Carroll said about Timmons. “The (yards) on the ground were huge, but the play at the end of the game to seal it, nothing bigger than that. We needed that.”
Timmons totaled 212 yards and added a 10-yard score on the first drive of the second half for the Bulldogs to go up 14-6 about midway through the third quarter.
The Lynn English defense forced three out of Lynn Classical’s final four drives to end in turnovers for the Rams.
“(Defense) was our focus point,” Timmons said about the clamping down in the second half. “Our defense was playing a little lackadaisical the last couple of weeks, but this week we really turned it up. We practiced, buckled down and really made the plays when we needed to as well.”
Junior Shea Palmer intercepted a pass on the ensuing drive after the second Timmons TD and senior DJ Brathwaite had a fumble recovery in the fourth quarter.