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LC Rallies to Top the Gryphons

November 22, 2018

CHELMSFORD -- After 17 straight Thanksgiving losses to Shawsheen Tech, the Greater Lowell Gryphons were looking for a fresh start in the inaugural Mill City Cup against Lowell Catholic.

Lowell Catholic 28 Greater Lowell 18

And after the first quarter, it looked like the Gryphons would finally taste victory as temperatures plunged.

But an 18-0 start for the Gryphons turned into a 28-18 defeat to the Crusaders on Wednesday night at Chelmsford High.

Greater Lowell led 18-12 at halftime. Whatever Lowell Catholic head coach Jason Houston said his team at halftime must have been received loud and clear by the Crusaders, who dominated the second half.

Ian Nichols was named game MVP for Lowell Catholic (5-6), which won three straight to end the season.

Nichols rushed for three touchdowns and also recorded a victory-sealing interception in the fourth quarter.

Quarterback Peter Sawyer sprinted 67 yards for a touchdown on a fourth-and-two play on the first play of the second quarter to put Lowell Catholic on the board and give the Crusaders a much-needed boost.

The game-winning touchdown by Nichols was from 1 yard out came midway through the third quarter.

For Greater Lowell (7-5), Deven Prak, who caught a touchdown passes, was his team’s MVP.

Benji Hach rushed for more than 100 yards and two touchdowns for the Gryphons.

After taking an intentional safety, Greater Lowell tried an onside kick, but it was unsuccessful.

That eventually led to Nichols’ third touchdown, one that put the game out of reach for the hosts.

The Mill City Cup is off to a roaring start.

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