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Steffan Gravely (3 TDs) sparks Lynn Tech (9-0) in D8 North semifinal

Senior running back Steffan Gravely ran 17 times for 149 yards and scored three touchdowns on runs of 3, 8, and 9 yards to ignite an offensive stampede as top-seeded Lynn Tech dominated visiting New Mission, 35-0, in a Division 8 North semifinal matchup on Saturday night.

“We’re here, let’s show the state why we’re here and why we’re the No. 1 team in Division 8,” said Gravely, whose unbeatean team (9-0) will square off against No. 2 seed Cathedral (8-1) in the sectional final. “That’s all we do, we just dominate.”

Leading, 21-0, at halftime, Lynn Tech’s defense controlled the line of scrimmage and forced New Mission to settle for short yardage runs. New Mission attempted to remain alive on the heels of running back Andrew Finklin, but the game clock was not in its favor.


On Lynn Tech’s first possession of the second half, Elvin Gonzalez, whose first-quarter interception triggered a 21-point outburst, jump-started the offense again when he scored on a 9-yard run midway through the third quarter, making it 28-0.

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Chance Buono added a 17-yard rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter, helping Lynn Tech slam the door shut on New Mission (5-4).

“We work really hard on offense, but defensively, tonight, my guys played really well,” said Lynn Tech coach James Runner, who praised in particular the defense of Gonzalez (four pass breakups) and junior linebacker Emerson Ramirez (two sacks).

“Emerson Ramirez was just on another level of playing,” Runner said.

Divison 6 North

Hamilton-Wenham 51, Arlington Catholic 18 — Seniors Cam Peach, Phillip Durgin, and Jake Lanciani, combined for six touchdowns to help the top-seeded Generals (9-0) reach the sectional final for the first time in school history opposite No. 2 seed Stoneham (7-2) on Saturday at 1 p.m.


“From the start we came out hitting and took it at them right away,” said Hamilton-Wenham coach Jim Pugh. “It was 28-0 right away.”

Peach scored the opening touchdown on a 25-yard pass from junior quarterback Billy Whalen (5-for-10 passing, 129 yards, 3 TDs). On his only carry of the afternoon, Peach scored from 5 yards out for a 28-0 lead.

Lanciani scored the Generals’ third touchdown on a 78-yard halfback pass from Ian Coffey. He added a 2-point conversion after blocking an extra point in the second quarter and connected on all seven of his extra point attempts. “Our offense and special teams were on fire,” Pugh said.

“We were able to pass the ball as they put guys in the box, so it was tough to run.”

H-W’s balance and receiving corps depth offset its struggle to run the ball. “When teams take one guy away, we have others who can step it up,” Pugh said.


Durgin, who scored two touchdowns, anchored the defense with 15-plus tackles. “Phil is the heart and soul of our team at inside linebacker,” Pugh said.

Now the focus turns to a Stoneham team that features a power running back in senior Tre Pignone, who rushed for 190 yards on 18 carries in a 44-39 victory over Shawsheen Friday night.

“We’ve got to get ready for a power team,” Pugh said.

Division 8 South

Millis 42, St. John Paul II 14 — Bryce Latosek connected with Dom Zonfrelli on TD passes of 2 and 6 yards and Kurt Hopkins scored three TDs on runs of 10, 2, and 21 yards.


Swampscott 33, Weston 6 — Colin Frary fired three touchdown passes for the Big Blue (7-2).

Northeast 56, Austin Prep 26 — Sean O’Brien (12 rushes, 188 yards, 3 TDs) and Zach Sanderson (21 rushes, 129 yards, 3 TDs) combined for 317 rushing yards and seven scores for the host Knights (3-6). Sanderson also had a 71-yard pick-6.

Saugus 22, Amesbury 6 — Marvens Jean scored on TD runs of 11 and 27 yards for the host Sachems (3-6).

Bellingham 38, Norwood 20 — AJ Pelletier scored on runs of 52 and 3 yards in the third quarter and brother, Matt, scored on a 9-yard rush in the fourth for the Blackhawks.

Whittier 36, Greater Lowell 0— Thomas O'Mahony caught touchdown passes of 54 and 20 before adding an 11-yard rush in the final frame to lift the host Wildcats (5-4).

Cardinal Spellman 28, Dover-Sherborn 7— Rob Maguire crossed the goal line in both halves to lift the host Cardinals (6-3).

Globe correspondent Greg Levinsky contributed to this report.