Austin Topples LC
CHELMSFORD -- The Lowell Catholic Crusaders came into Friday night’s home game versus Austin Prep looking to respond after last week’s defeat.
With both teams sitting at 1-2, they each were looking for a strong start to league play after some difficult non-conference matchups.
Right from the kickoff at McCarthy Middle School, it looked like Austin Prep had gained some confidence after its big win last week.
Led by captain Matthew Rubino, Austin Prep outlasted Lowell Catholic, 34-12, with the senior recording a touchdown off of a quarterback sneak and an important interception in the second half.
The Cougars’ star of the day, Dylan Cann, had some strong carries and a catch deep in the backfield which he ran in for a touchdown to start the game. The Austin Prep senior used his wheels to score two more running touchdowns later to seal the deal.
The final score, however, didn’t give justice to Lowell Catholic’s fight. Quarterback Peter Sawyer was able to add to his strong season on the ground with two commanding runs into the end zone for 12 points.
He got help from Josh Sayer, who had two important hits in the first half, and Ian Nichols, who used his quick feet to avoid several Austin Prep defenders for an impressive run off a punt.
Head coach Jason Houston spoke on what Lowell Catholic can take away from Friday’s game:
“Some positions were really young and we were making some mistakes there in crucial situations. We’re going to work on that next week. The effort’s there. We just have to clean some things up and grow a little bit as a team,” said Houston.
Lowell Catholic looks to end its two-game losing streak next Friday against non-league foe Marian.