Lowell Escapes with 15-14 Win Over Lawrence
LAWRENCE -- The Lowell High football team came into Friday night’s game at Veterans Memorial Stadium againstLawrence High looking to post its first MVC Division 1 win of the season.
The ancient rivalry between Lowell and Lawrence did not disappoint. Lawrence also had a lot on the line as the Lancers were seeking their first win.
Lowell got second-half touchdowns from Brendan Tighe and Rashawn Settles while rallying past long-time rival Lawrence, 15-14.
The Red Raiders improved their record to 2-4 and 1-2 in MVC Div. 1. Lawrence is 0-5 and 0-3.
In a scrappy game that would feature more penalties than points scored, it was only fitting that the first two points of the game were scored on a safety by Lawrence senior Brandon Santell.
Lawrence would up its lead to 8-0 on Anthony Garcia’s 31-yard touchdown catch that gave the Lancers an 8-0 halftime lead.
With all the jitters out, each team came into the second half ready to let things fly.
First, Lowell responded in the form of a Tighe touchdown. The junior glided past the Lawrence safety on the catch, and ran the football in for six points. Not long after, Aidan Foyle completed the 2-point conversion off a QB sneak.
“For us as a team, we haven’t had that perfect game yet,” said Tighe. “Stuff just started to click today. Everyone played together as a team, and our coaches put us in a position to win.”
With only three and a half minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, Lowell needed a big stop to have a chance for the win. Dominic Feliz came up with a massive sack, his second of the night. One down later, Justin Villanueva chipped in with a momentum-shifting hit of his own to get the football back for Lowell.
After a drive into Lawrence territory,Settles came up big with a catch that would prove to be the game-winning touchdown. The Raiders converted the conversion kick to go up 15-8.
With one minute to play, Lawrence refused to fold. Garcia came up with a huge 55-yard catch, and then scored a touchdown that would pull Lawrence within a point with 30 seconds left.
Lowell, however, was able to stop Lawrence at the goal-line on the two-point conversion try, and would run out the clock to triumph over the Lancers.