SUDBURY — Not much has changed in the Dual County League as Lincoln-Sudbury claimed its third consecutive Large division title Friday night with a 21-3 victory over Acton-Boxboro at Myers Field.
“It shows a lot about our program,” said Warrior coach Tom Lopez. “We haven’t lost a DCL game in quite some time. Our games are tough, but, like I told the kids, I couldn’t be prouder.”
A Warriors defense that came in only giving up 7.3 points per game, lived up to its billing by forcing three fumbles, intercepting a pass, and stopping the Colonials on fourth down on three occasions.
It was the first fourth-down stop that shifted momentum.
With Acton-Boxboro’s offense seemingly being able to move the ball at will, it was faced with a fourth and inches early in the second quarter from their 38.
The call was for a fullback dive, but it was stuffed short of the first-down marker.
“The defense has been great all year,” said Lopez. “We haven’t had any breakdowns. The key tonight was stopping them early on that fourth and inches.”
Capitalizing on its stop, the Warriors, on the first play of their possession, ran a wide receiver option pass. Ben Colello received a pitch from quarterback Henry Guild and fired a pass down the right sideline.
It was a jumpball that senior Marquis Simmons came down with at the Colonials’ 10.
Two plays later, Chris Giorgio was celebrating with his teammates after a 2-yard run, the first of two first-half touchdowns.
“Giorgio is a beast inside,” said Guild. “It’s not easy to take him down. You usually need more than one guy on him.”
That was all the Warriors needed as Acton-Boxboro was kept out of the red zone except for one time. On that third-quarter drive, the Colonials were held to a 30-yard Jack Perry field goal that made it 14-3.
Lincoln-Sudbury tacked on a touchdown early in the fourth quarter when Malik Layne (78 yards on 12 carries) ran in untouched off the left guard from 8 yards.
Lincoln-Sudbury has one divisional game remaining against Newton South on Thanksgiving, but the result won’t take a playoff appearance away from the Warriors.
“I’ve been playing since my sophomore year,” said Guild. “It’s awesome to be able to do what we’re doing, especially with the turnover of players.
“No one thought we would do anything this year, but a lot of the guys who’ve graduated kept encouraging us. It says a lot about the heart of this program.”