Lowell Catholic Hangs on to Grab Exciting Win Over Eastie
CHELMSFORD -- In an exciting game that came down to the final play, the Lowell Catholic Crusaders defeated East Boston, 22-16, at home Friday night in the season opener for both teams.
Leading 22-14 and facing a fourth-and-8 in their own territory, LC head coach Jason Houston called timeout with 15 seconds left in the game.
Houston opted to take a safety on the punt and entrusted his defense to make one more big play. A furious pass rush forced Eastie quarterback Joe Rivera to hurry. The pass sailed wide and the game was over.
The Crusaders had taken the lead with 5:23 to go in the fourth quarter when senior quarterback Peter Sawyer finished a 36-yard drive with his second score of the night. Junior Ian Nichols made a leaping catch for the two-point conversion.
The Crusaders’ special teams and defense had worked together to force Eastie to punt from its own end zone, giving the offense the short field.
East Boston had answered Sawyer’s second touchdown with an aerial strike to make it 14-14 late in the third quarter. Lowell Catholic’s defense swarmed the ball carrier to prevent the conversion.
“It was a great team effort,” said Houston. “Our offensive and defensive lines were fantastic, Ian Nichols carried for almost 200 yards, just a great team effort. We still have a lot of work to do. We play Georgetown next week.”