Tough Last-second Loss for Lowell Red Raiders
LOWELL -- The Lowell High defense had Methuen senior quarterback Connor Bryant all but sacked when he was able to flip the ball to talented junior Ricky Brutus.
Brutus did the rest with a determined run from the Lowell 19. He juked and broke two tackles and scored the winning touchdown with 14 seconds to go in the game. The score broke a 28-28 tie and was a tough loss for the Red Raiders who were trying to win their first game of the year.
On a night when their defense had four interceptions, two for touchdowns, the Red Raiders could not stop Methuen when they had to.
Trailing 14-0 after the first quarter, Lowell made a furious comeback with four second-quarter scores. A penalty-prone Methuen offense was trying to convert a third and 9 in their own end when Lowell senior captain Justin Villanueva stepped in front of a pass . He ran it in to put Lowell on the board.
A second Villanueva interception gave the Red Raiders the ball in their own territory with 3:55 to go in the half. Lowell would attack from the air as senior wide-out Brendan Tighe would hit sophomore Kyle Shanahan with a 31-yard pass to the Methuen 18. On the next play senior Aidan Foyle would find Tighe in the end zone with a laser strike.
Lowell was not done. Methuen was forced to punt and Foyle attacked with confidence. He and Brendan Tighe hooked up again for a 40-yard catch and run. Then Foyle lofted a precise pass to senior David Brito to set up a first and goal from the 4.
Sophomore Chanmony Yrrizarry would take it in from there, and Lowell led 20-14.
With a minute to go in the half Brendan Tighe was playing safety and intercepted a pass on his own 10. He broke one tackle at midfield and carried it all the way to the opposing end zone. Foyle and Brito hooked up for the 2-point conversion to put Lowell up 28-14.
A Brutus touchdown brought Methuen within two points with 8:23 to go in the game. Bryant tied it with a keeper. Lowell had a promising drive stall at the Methuen 19 yard line with 3:15 to go. Taking over on downs, Methuen marched up the field for the heart-breaking winning score.