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Lowell Catholic Can’t Keep Pace

September 22, 2018

Lowell Sun

CHELMSFORD -- The Lowell Catholic football team came into Friday night’s home game against Pope John XXIII looking to bounce back after last week’s loss.

The Crusaders were looking to improve on their 1-1 start, facing an up-for-it Tigers team that went into the game at Chelmsford High School at 2-0.

Despite gaining some momentum in the first quarter, The Crusaders ultimately were unable to deal with Pope John’s speed and running game, falling 41-6.

Lowell Catholic’s standout, Ian Nichols, spoke on how the Crusaders plan to rebound.

“There were good energy levels at the start of the game, but as soon as (Pope John) had one big play everything went downhill... We have to play the full 40 minutes,” said Nichols.

Nichols scored the Crusaders’ lone touchdown, but Dracut native Ian Sullivan helped keep Lowell Catholic in the game early with a sack and three standout tackles in the backfield. Lowell’s other notable play came from Josh Sayer, who snagged an interception in the second half.

Pope John was led by senior esus Rivera, who went on to record two sweeping touchdowns and a key interception that sparked a run from the Tigers. John Smith Howell added two running touchdowns of his own as The Tigers’ running game overwhelmed the Crusaders’ defense.

Lowell Catholic looks to get back in the “W” column against Austin Prep next Friday night at the McCarthy Middle School in Chelmsford. Austin Prep started their season 0-2 so this matchup looks to be important for each team as they look to improve on their conference records.

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