Chelmsford Lions Football '18

Tamayo, Lawrence charge to second straight win

 CHELMSFORD — When Lawrence football began the season with six straight losses, it would have been easy for the Lancers to give up on the season.
First year head coach Rhandy Audate’s squad, however, never showed any sign of quit.

“I really believe that if our students do the right thing day in and day out, I believe it translates,” Audate said. “Their focus was here tonight. You could see it.”
Behind a huge day for QB Jacob Tamayo and receiver/defensive back Manuel Lara, Lawrence (2-6) scored its second straight victory with a convincing 34-13 victory over Chelmsford.
Top linebacker Brandon Santell also starred at running back, rushing for 117 yards on 20 carries. His 4-yard touchdown run opened the scoring in the first quarter. And while the Lancers primarily relied on Santell’s legs, they got lethal effectiveness from their junior quarterback. 
Tamayo threw the ball just six times, but three of his throws went for touchdowns of 20 or more yards.
“If you’ve watched us all season, what we’ve missed is big plays all year,” Audate said. “But you know what, we have battled.”
Tamayo’s first score of the day came when he unloaded a 49-yard touchdown pass to classmate Ayvion Prak with just 16.4 seconds remaining in the first half.
After Chelmsford scored to open the second half, Tamayo found junior receiver Lara on a 54-yard touchdown pass. 
“We’re building from the ground up and so this is the point now where we’re starting to click. We’re starting to connect on a few of these,” Audate said.
Lara added another big play when he came down with a tipped ball and returning it 37 yards for the back-breaking touchdown.
The Lancers would score once more for good measure, with Tamayo hitting senior Anthony Garcia from 20 yards out for the final touchdown.
“Back to the drawing board, back to work,” Audate said. “When you can do more, when you can excel, why not push? So we’re pushing.”
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North Andover hammers Chelmsford

NORTH ANDOVER – Looking at the Scarlet Knights’ schedule, it was easy to see Week 5 shaping up as a trap kind of game for sixth-ranked North Andover.
After all, not only was visiting Chelmsford winless, but the Lions had scored only seven points while losing their first four. And up next for the Knights is Dracut, which entered the weekend undefeated and a half-game ahead of North Andover atop the MVC Division 2 standings.
“We don’t look ahead at anybody,” Gabe DeSouza said. “Every week we prepare as if it’s the Super Bowl, and we don’t take anything for granted. So, all week we prepared for them like it was going to be for a state championship.”
It proved to be a solid philosophy as DeSouza provided his share of the points and the North Andover defense held the visitors to only five first downs as the Knights dominated the Lions in a 37-0 rout.
North Andover (2-0 conference, 5-0 overall) took advantage of a Mike Roche blocked punt midway through the opening period that set up a 2-yard Darren Watson scoring run one play later. Two possessions later, DeSouza connected on a 32-yard field goal, capping another short drive.
Those same two play makers then provided North Andover a 24-0 halftime lead with a couple sterling plays. First it was Watson, who blasted an off-tackle play behind linemen John Roche and Matthew Samenuk and went untouched for 52 yards. Then it was DeSouza’s turn grabbing a highlight-reel 23-yard reception from Jake McElroy at the goal-line flag with 46 seconds left. 
“I told Jake, ‘Let me make a play,’ and I’ll take care of the rest,” DeSouza said. “We’ve had a connection since the first day I got here. He has faith in me, and I have faith in him to put the ball where it needs to be. It’s just like playing catch.”
Freddy Gabin, who ran for a game-high 141 yards, scored on a 40-yard run early in the third before DeSouza and McElroy hooked up on an 8-yard touchdown to finish the scoring with 3:28 left in the third.
Chelmsford (0-2, 0-5) was held to 108 yards of total offense – 39 of it on 21 rushing attempts. Watson and Shaun Nichols each had an interception for the Knights.
“We just basically tell the kids that we have a faceless opponent every week, and we’re both 0-0,” North Andover coach John Dubzinski said. “It’s the same mantra: we want to practice well to win high school games … We had a great week of practice and the kids responded very well. The defense played well. They were aggressive and were attacking.”
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