Lions Hand First Loss to Lunenburg
LUNENBURG -- A week after a putting together a miraculous comeback against Narragansett Regional, the Lunenburg High football team again found itself playing from behind on Friday night.
This time, there would be no rallying.
In a battle of unbeaten programs, it was visiting West Boylston that remained perfect, taking control early and roaring to a 43-22 victory over the Blue Knights on Friday night.
The Lions (5-0) jumped out to a 35-6 halftime lead and were never threatened, with the hosts scoring a pair of touchdowns late to cut into the final score.
David Rizzuoto rushed for 142 yards and three touchdowns, while Corey Shea added three scores of his own for the guests, the second of which came on a kickoff return after the Blue Knights had found the end zone to make it 14-6 game in the second quarter.
“Rizzuoto played well, Corey Shea played well, and I thought our lines did a great job,” West Boylston head coach Mike Ross said. “It was a big league game and I thought we played well.”
Down 14-0 in the second, Donovan Powell picked off a Patrick May pass at the Lunenburg 3 yard line, returning it to the 11 and giving the Blue Knights some momentum with nine minutes left in the half. It took just one play for that turnover to pay off, as Duncan Poitras raced down the right sideline for an 89-yard score to cut the lead to 14-6.
But on the ensuing kickoff, Shea took off from his own 26 and answered with a big scoring play of his own.
“Any time we started to get a little steam going, they’re a good football team and they came up with something,” Lunenburg head coach Steve Boone said. “They’d do something, make a big play, and get the momentum going back the other way.”
Lunenburg (4-1) struggled to slow the Lions in the first half as the brute strength of Rizzuoto and the speed of Shea gave the defense fits, but managed to draw closer in the fourth quarter.
“They run that double-tight, double-wing and they’ve always been physical,” Boone said. “Coach Ross does a great job. They’ve been running that forever. That’s what they do and that’s what you have to stop.”
But in the fourth quarter, trailing 43-6, the Blue Knights managed to find paydirt twice. Quarterback Chris Costich found Mason Infantino on a beautiful 35-yard pass with 8:26 left before the pair hooked up again on the 2-point try to cut the lead to 43-14.
And following a West Boylston fumble, two consecutive runs by Troy Drasser resulted in another score, this time from five yards out. Drasser also added the 2-point run.
“It’s back to the drawing board,” Boone said. “We’ve got Ayer Shirley next week, so we’ve got to get back to work.”
May was a perfect 5-for-5 on extra points and Shea added a 2-point run in the third quarter for West Boylston.
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