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Lunenburg Surges Past Gardner in 2nd Half

September 15, 2018

Lunenburg's Donovan Powell carries the ball during Friday's win over Gardner in Lunenburg. SENTINEL & ENTERPRISE / GARY FOURNIER Sentinel and Enterprise staff photos can be ordered by visiting our SmugMug site.

LUNENBURG -- Gardner High showed that it’s making strides toward being a competitive football team.

And then Lunenburg High showed the Wildcats they still have a long way to go.

The Blue Knights broke open a tie game with 21 unanswered points, pulling away to a 33-12 win on Friday night.

Junior Anthony Iannacci rushed for 187 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Lunenburg offense.

“He had a great year last season. He worked really hard in the offseason. We expect him to play like that all the time,” said Lunenburg head coach Steve Boone. “He’s a hard runner, he does everything right.”

With the score tied in the second quarter, Iannacci plowed in from 3 yards out with 3:34 left in the half to give Lunenburg the lead for good. Vaughn Randle’s PAT made it 19-12. The score capped a 48-yard drive, set up when Donavan Powell picked off a pass by Gardner’s Malakide Seing.

That interception halted the Wildcats’ momentum and ended the team’s best stretch of football of not only this season, but perhaps the last few.

Trailing 12-0 after a 14-yard touchdown run by Lunenburg’s Jacob Bremer, Gardner answered emphatically on a 70-yard touchdown pass from Seign to flanker Miles Brissett. Easily the fastest player on the field, Brissett leaped to haul in the pass at the 45-yard line and ran away from the Blue Knights’ secondary for the score.

Gardner looked to take advantage of the momentum shift and tried an onside kick Ethan Gagnon. The Wildcats’ Javian Colon recovered at midfield. Three plays later, Brissett turned on the jets again and scored on a 42-yard end-around and suddenly the game was tied, 12-12.

That was all Boone needed to see from Brissette (who also had an interception on defense), and the Blue Knights blanketed him in double-coverage for the rest of the night.

Up by a touchdown, Lunenburg took the opening kick of the second half and drove 63 yards in just four plays extend the lead. The big play was a 50-yard scamper by Iannacci, down to the Gardner 1. He slammed in for the score on the next play. Quarterback Christopher Costich ran in the 2-point conversion to make it 27-12.

On Lunenburg’s next possession, Iannacci iced the game with a 9-yard touchdown run.

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