LYNN — In the short week of practice leading into the 53d Harry Agganis All-Star Classic, South coach Pat Sheehan was so impressed with the way the defense performed, he was worried his offense didn’t get enough quality practice repetitions.
“The defense made it difficult for us all week in practice, we were worried about our offense moving the ball with any type of consistency in the game,” said Sheehan, who coaches at Triton.
As Sheehan expected, the defense delivered and forced three turnovers, shutting out the North in the second half. The offense had little trouble as the South cruised to a 32-9 win at Manning Field Thursday.
Lynn Classical wide receiver Brad Scuzzarella scored two touchdowns for the South, while his teammate, Jordan Brown, had a pair of interceptions.
For Scuzzarella, scoring two final touchdowns on his home turf helped ease the pain of his team’s 13-12 loss against Lynn English on Thanksgiving.
“It was great redemption,” Scuzzarella said. “After losing the last game here, I really wanted to come out and win the last one. It’s great I got to come back here for one last game.”
The North scored first with a 10-yard touchdown run from North Andover quarterback Casey Walsh (North MVP) to take a 6-0 lead on the opening drive, but the South controlled the game from there.
Somerville quarterback Phoenix Huertas answered with a 13-yard score as the South took a 7-6 lead.
On the next possession, the South blocked a North punt, taking over at the 19-yard line. Scuzzarella finished it off with a 2-yard score on fourth and goal to give South a 13-6 lead.
Brown’s first interception came near midfield, when he picked off North quarterback Nick Bona (Bishop Fenwick) with 3:33 to play in the first half.
Triton quarterback Bradley Whitman, who was named South MVP, went 4 for 4 to drive the offense down the field before Scuzzarella finished the drive with a 5-yard score.
Pentucket’s Liam Corkey kicked a 39-yard field goal for the North to cut the deficit to 19-9 at the half — the last points the North would score.
The South added two more touchdowns in the second half. Medford quarterback Reggie Thelemaque threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to Marblehead’s Brian Daly to take a 26-9 lead, and Salem’s Aaron Palmer scored on a 13-yard run.Anthony Gulizia can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @gulizia_a