LYNNFIELD — There may be few things Lynnfield senior Kyle McGah will remember of his team’s 42-0 defeat of Manchester-Essex on Saturday afternoon.
A perennial 100-yard running back, McGah sat the entire second half after the Pioneers (4-0, 4-0 Cape Ann Small) hung up 35 points on the visiting Hornets in the first two quarters.
His line of eight rushes for 59 yards will hardly rank among his career-best performances. But McGah — or “Beast’’ as he’s known to his teammates — will likely never forget his first of two scores. His 9-yard dash to the end zone in the first quarter was the 32d rushing touchdown for his career, breaking the school’s long-held record, as McGah continues to rewrite the Pioneer record books.
“It’s awesome, obviously, but I wouldn’t have been able to get there without my team, my offensive line, my quarterbacks,” said McGah. “It’s a whole team thing. It’s not just one player.”
Frank Berardino held the record for 52 years, collecting his 31st rushing touchdown in the fall of 1961. Berardino finished his career at Lynnfield with 42 total touchdowns.
McGah scored the record-breaker on Lynnfield’s first offensive possession. After a 31-yard pass from quarterback Adam Buchanan to wideout Austin Caswell brought it to the Hornet 9-yard line, McGah danced into the end zone for his eighth touchdown of the season.
The game got away from the Hornets (2-2, 1-1) in the second quarter, as Lynnfield exploded for 28 points. McGah added rushing touchdown No. 33 just 18 seconds into the second with a 12-yard sweep to the outside.
After the defense forced Manchester-Essex into a three and out, Lynnfield found pay dirt on the next possession. Buchanan handed off to Matthew Kramich, who threw it to wide receiver Jonathan Knee for a 55-yard touchdown to bring the Pioneer lead to 21-0.
On its next possession, Manchester-Essex’s defense forced Lynnfield to punt, with the kick pinning the Hornets at their 3. With little room to move and under relentless pressure, Manchester-Essex quarterback Craig Carter was intercepted at the 10-yard line by linebacker Jake Rourke, who converted it into 6 more points.
Buchanan got in on the scoring barrage late in the first half as a short pass to Knee turned into a 67-yard score.
Meanwhile, Manchester-Essex collected only 44 yards of total offense across eight possessions in the first half.
Lynnfield scored its lone touchdown of the second half in its first possession of the third. Backup Jake McHugh elected for the quarterback keeper and split tackles for a 57-yard touchdown run.
Sophomore running back Chris Carr provided a spark for the Hornets in the second half, rushing 13 times for 67 yards. On the Hornets’ best offensive possession, Carr carried the ball 10 times for 53 yards.