Greater Lawrence Reggies Football '18

Schmidt, Reggies win state voke large title in OT

WAKEFIELD – A Greater Lawrence season that had its share of ups and downs on and off the field ended in euphoria on a cold November night.

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Football, 02/28/19 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Reggies rally late, blank Whittier

ANDOVER — With a sluggish offense needing a spark, the Greater Lawrence defense provided just that.

In a scoreless battle with Commonwealth Conference rival Whitter, the Reggies appeared ready for a look at the end zone early in the fourth quarter. A lost fumble at the Wildcat 1 on a first-down run, however, ended that hope.

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Football, 11/21/18 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Polanco, Reggies punch ticket to vocational title game

WEST ANDOVER — Greater Lawrence flexed its muscles on defense en route to a 19-7 win over league rival Greater Lowell in the State Vocational Large School semifinals.
The Reggies (8-3) controlled the game on both sides of the ball in the second half, with their stifling defense forcing two interceptions and zero points allowed, while their quarterback — senior Jose Caceres — led them to two scores. 
The senior signal-caller rumbled in from 17-yards out midway through the third quarter, before adding a backbreaking score on a 62-yard strike to classmate Donnie Croteau nearly two minutes later.
“Jose is just dangerous, he’s a triple [threat], he can just do a little bit of everything, which keeps the defense on its heels,” said Greater Lawrence head coach Tony Sarkis, whose club didn’t play Greater Lowell in the regular season. 
“When we get that throwing, running on the inside and Jose — we’re dangerous. We did that in the second half.”
Caceres rushed for 116 yards on 24 attempts. Fellow senior Ader Mezidor (87 rushing yards) also made his presence known with a 15-yard touchdown run two minutes into the contest.

But it was the Greater Lawrence defense which delivered the victory. After a first half where that defense conceded a 12-yard touchdown pass from Jeremy Gray to Jeremy Sar, the Reggies dominated the second half.

On the four drives that the Gryphons (7-4) began in the second half, two of them ended with three-and-outs. The other two ended with interceptions from Croteau and Steven Polanco.

“If you think about it, that first half they scored on three big penalties, we gave them about 30 yards of offense right there,” said Sarkis.
“We talked to the seniors (at halftime) about them stepping it up and making sure they’re doing what they need to do on their end, cleaning up the mess with penalties, and putting the ball on the carpet. They responded well and I’m proud of them.”

Polanco also had an interception in the first half as the Reggies’ defense held Gray to 81 total passing yards.
In the postgame huddle, Sarkis told his players of the two previous Greater Lawrence squads to reach the State Vocational Bowl. Both fell in the title game, he said.
“Northeast and Assabet are playing Saturday, so we’ll find out Saturday what’s going on. We’ve just got to come to play, eliminate mistakes, get better as a team and stay together as a team,” Sarkis said.
“Hopefully the third time is the charm here. These guys deserve it, they’ve been working hard since April, so we’re very proud of these guys.”
Next up, though, for the Reggies is a Wednesday night matchup with Whittier back here at Luis Gleason Field.

Score: Greater Lawrence 19, Greater Lowell 7

Greater Lawrence (8-3):  7 0 12 0

Greater Lowell (7-4):      7  0 0  0


First Quarter:
Gr. Lawrence — Ader Mezidor 15-yard run (Kevin Matul Kick GOOD), 9:11
Gr. Lowell — Jeremy Gray 12-yard pass to Jeremy Sar (Devin Farrell Kick GOOD), 1:09

Third Quarter:
Gr. Lawrence — Jose Caceres 17-yard run (2-point conversion NO GOOD), 5:27
Gr. Lawrence — Jose Caceres 62-yard pass to Donnie Croteau (2-point conversion NO GOOD), 3:39

Individual Leaders:
Greater Lawrence: 48-239 2 TDs, 2 FUMs
Jose Caceres: 24-116, TD; Ader Mezidor: 15-87, TD, 2 FUMsl Shamil Diaz: 5-15; Steven Polanco: 1-7; Omar Medina: 1-7; Donnie Croteau: 1-6, Maleek Dejesus: 1-1

Greater Lowell: 17-22
Devon Prak 8-12, Matthew Gaudette 6-7, Jeremy Gray 3-3

Greater Lawrence: Jose Caceres: 6/14, 102 yds. TD
Greater Lowell: Jeremy Gray: 6/22, 81 yds. TD, 3 INTs

Greater Lawrence: 6-102, TD
Donnie Croteau: 1-62, TD; Maleek Dejesus: 1-17; Shamil Diaz: 2-16; Steven Polanco: 1-8; Ader Mezidor: 1-(-1)             
Greater Lowell: 6-81, TD
Devon Prak: 1-61, Jeremy Sar: 1-12, TD; Dylan Bishop: 1-8, Matthew Gaudette: 1-3, Isaiah Carrasquillo: 2-(-3)

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Football, 11/15/18 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Reggies' Caceres, Mezidor trample Lynn Tech

LYNN — Jose Caceres (18-105, 3 TDs) and Ader Mezidor (12-120, TD) led a dominant running attack and Greater Lawrence roughed up Lynn Tech, 36-8, in a non-playoff game Friday night. Shamil Diaz also had a TD run for the 7-3 Reggies, who led 36-0 late in the third period. The visitors dropped to 6-4. The Reggies had plenty of defensive stars led by defensive back Omar Medina (2 interceptions), linebacker Donnie Croteau (interception) and Alex Cortez (2 sacks).

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Football, 11/09/18 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Final minute TD pass sinks top-seeded Reggies

ANDOVER – Three times Greater Lawrence responded to an eight-point deficit to tie St. Mary’s.
But the fourth-seeded Spartans took one last lead, and this time the visitors didn’t leave the top-seeded Reggies enough time to answer in Friday evening’s Division 7 North semifinals,
Jalen Echevarria (3 TDs) hauled in a 31-yard pass from Derek O’Leary with 20 seconds remaining to hand St. Mary’s a 30-24 victory and a spot in the Division 7 North title game.
“Our guys came back real good,” Greater Lawrence coach Tony Sarkis said. “I can’t say enough about them. It stinks that we made some mistakes. They made some mistakes, but they played better at the end. They made more plays than we did.”
The Reggies (6-3) sputtered in a first half that saw St. Mary’s grab an 8-0 lead when Brendan Laundry returned one of the Spartans’ three first-half interceptions. After Laundry’s 35-yard TD return, Echevarria ran for the two-point conversion – one of six the teams combined for.
After gaining just 36 yards on their first 22 plays, Greater Lawrence tied the score early in the third on a 51-yard wide-receiver screen from Jose Caceres to Donnie Croteau. Caceres ran for the conversion, which he did on all three Reggie scores.
Echevarria hauled in a 12-yard pass from O’Leary before a George Freeman conversion run to give the Spartans from Lynn (6-3) a 16-8 lead with 45 seconds left in the third.
Greater Lawrence responded with a 10-play, 74-yard drive that Croteau capped with a 25-yard scoring toss from Caceres. 
Already playing without standout defensive back Stevie Polanco, the Reggies also lost starting center/defensive end Pablo Arias with a sprained ankle early in the second half.
“The (amount) of injuries, that kind of killed us,” Sarkis said. “But that’s part of the game. We made some adjustments (at halftime) on the outside guys, and we starting cutting inside more.”
Echevarria, a basketball star playing his first year of football, answered on St. Mary’s first play of its ensuing possession with a 70-yard run for a 24-16 lead with 5:53 remaining.
But the Reggies once again clawed back when Shamil Diaz finished off a 54-yard drive with a 14-yard run. Caceres’ conversion tied the game at 24 with 2:45 left.
Both teams had another possession, but Greater Lawrence’s ended with Laundry’s second interception at the Spartan 27 and 41 seconds remaining. Three plays later Echevarria hauled in a 31-yard toss from O’Leary in the end zone for the game winner.

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Football, 11/02/18 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Memorable homecoming for Caceres, Reggies

WEST ANDOVER — Homecoming couldn't have gone better for Greater Lawrence Tech, which hammered Shawsheen Tech Friday night at Louis Gleason Field. Once again, Jose Caceres was a one-man wrecking crew. The senior ran for three scores and threw for two. He rushed for 190 yards and Ader Mezidor added 117 yards on the ground. Senior linebacker Angel Polanco made seven tackles and senior defensive back Nathan Santos had a pair of interceptions. The Reggies at 5-2 could be a dangerous out in the playoffs. The North pairings will be announced Sunday.

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Football, 10/19/18 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Reggies stomp Mystic Valley

ANDOVER — It was over before anyone could blink.

Greater Lawrence scored twice in the first 96 seconds of the game, dropped 30 points in the first quarter and cruised to a dominating 44-18 victory over Mystic Valley Friday night.

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Football, 10/12/18 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Diaz fuels Reggies to big win

WAKEFIELD — You could call Saturday the breakout party for Shamil Diaz.

The 5-foot-8, 160-pound junior rushed for 131 yards on just five carries with two long touchdowns to help Greater Lawrence earn a 29-28 win over Northeast. 

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Football, 10/06/18 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Caceres (6 touchdowns) powers Reggie romp

LAWRENCE – For a brief time, when it took a one-point lead in the first quarter last night, Essex North Shore had reason to believe it could maybe win a wild game against Greater Lawrence.
         But it turned out to be just a fleeting moment of hope. Like J.D. Martinez of the Red Sox, the Reggies of Greater Lawrence were hitting the long ball in this one.
         Inspired by senior quarterback Jose Caceres, who connected on 19 of 25 passes for 363 yards and a career-high six touchdowns, Greater Lawrence routed Essex North Shore, 53-32. The Reggies improved to 2-2 in the process while the Hawks fell to 1-3.
         Essex North Shore had considerable confidence in its offense and it seemed justified when quarterback Vincent Brazzo threw a 55-yard touchdown pass to Ben Condon and Pat Sauvageau added the extra point, giving the Hawks a 14-13 edge with plenty of time left in the opening quarter.
         However, the remainder of the game belonged to the fast and versatile Reggies. Big time.
         Coach Tony Sarkis’ team piled up 27 points in the first quarter and led 39-14 at the half. The Reggies kept pushing the pace in the third quarter, increasing the lead to 53-20, before putting the engine in neutral for the final 11 minutes.
         Caceres, who received superb protection from his offensive line, was simply unstoppable. By halftime, he was already 14-for-19 for 314 yards and five touchdowns, and the onslaught continued in the third quarter.
         The Reggies quarterback hit Omar Medina for a 7-yard touchdown on the team’s first possession and hooked up with Dannie Croteau for a 23-yard touchdown on their next drive. 
         Steve Polanco electrified his teammates and the crowd with an 87-yard kickoff return to make it 21-14 and then Caceres hit Medina again, this time for a 45-yard touchdown that stretched it to 27-14. At this point, there was still 1:57 left in the opening quarter.
         The second quarter was more of the same. Shamil Diaz was on the receiving end of a 51-yard pass play that boosted the score to 33-14, and Diaz would score again before halftime, this time on a 32-yard pass from his quarterback.
         “We just worked on our passing game all week,” said Caceres. “We’ve been a second half team all season and we wanted to change that, wanted to step it up in the first half. As a captain and talking to our co-captain Humberfy Contreras, we had to (play better in the opening half). The passing game has been my weakness, so we talked about sharpening up in practice.”
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Caceres, Mezidor shine but Reggies fall

WEST ANDOVER — Jose Caceres (21-136) and Ader Mezidor (10-111) both surpassed 100 yards rushing but Greater Lawrence couldn't overcome a 26-0 halftime deficit and lost to Hamilton-Wenham 26-16. The Reggies (1-2) did all their scoring in the third quarter on two short TD runs by Caceres, who also added both conversions.

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Football, 09/21/18 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars
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