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Quarterback Matt Severance threw a touchdown pass Saturday for Lynn English.
By SCOT COOPER
His nickname is “Legatron,” after the former Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin “Megatron” Johnson.
And when the Beverly football team is at home on Saturday afternoons, and Luke Samperi lines up to kick an extra point, is PA announcer always makes sure he uses the name “Legatron” at least once.
Saturday, in Tewksbury, “Legatron” came through in a big way. His 24-yard field goal in the third quarter gave No. 4 Beverly (7-2) a lead it would not relinquish en route to a stunning 9-8 win over No. 1 Tewksbury (8-1) in a Division 2 North semifinal.
The Panthers are on the road against Friday night at Billerica for the divisional championship.
The Panthers struck first in the first quarter when Hugh Calice caught a 71-yard pass from Kyle Chouinard, but the conversion attempt failed. Tewksbury came back in the second quarter with Jay Connolly catching a 23-yard pass from Will Matovu. And with the conversion successful, it was 8-6 Redmen at the half.
Saugus 29, Arlington Cath. 14
In a Division 3 North non-playoff game at Hormel Stadium in Medford, the Sachems (1-8) picked up their first win with a second-half comeback against the Cougars (0-9).
Saugus trailed, 8-6, at halftime despite a touchdown by Mike Mabee. The Sachems took control in the third quarter behind touchdowns from Ricky Martinez and Marvens Moise. Arlington Catholic responded with a touchdown to make the score 22-14 in the third quarter, but Cam Williamson’s touchdown in the final period sealed the win for Sachems.
All four scores were rushing touchdowns. The Sachems picked up 360 yards on the ground, led by Moise with more than 100 yards and Mabee with more than 80 yards.
English 22, Lawrence 20 (OT)
At Manning Field Saturday, the Lancers struck first in the overtime, with Angel Abrue running it in from 10 yards out. However, the conversion attempt failed.
On English’s possession, Ishmile Bangura was able to run it in from the 4-yard line, and then bull his way in for the conversion to give the Bulldogs (2-7) their second victory of the season.
Both teams scored in the first quarter. Johnathan Kosmas gave the Dogs an 8-0 lead after hauling in a 34-yard scoring pass from Matt Severance, who then hit J.C. Gonzales for the conversion.
Abrue broke loose for a 44-yard run and then ran in the 2-pointer to tie the game.
That’s how it stayed until the half. But the teams repeated the process in the third quarter, with Gonzales scoring on a 31-yard pass from Severance (run failed) and Dylan Montanez of the Lancers taking it in from the 37 (the run also failed).
Pentucket 34, Swampscott 13
At Blocksidge Field, the Sachems scored in every quarter, and got big games out of running backs Robert Porter and Liam Sheehy, each of whom scored twice.
Sheehy put the final nail into the Blue, busting out for a 94-yard touchdown run with 2:54 left in regulation.
Swampscott dropped to 3-6 and has lost its last four games. Pentucket is 4-5.
Colin Frary threw a touchdown pass to A. J. Venuti, and Isaiah Bascon ran one in from four yards out for Swampscott.
Gr. Lawrence 47, Winthrop 13
At East Boston Stadium, the Vikings (2-7) had the lead after one quarter on Jon Gonzalez’s 55-yard touchdown pass from Chris Zuffante, with Calvin Tufa adding the kick, but it was all downhill from there. By the half, it was 20-13, Reggies, and they poured it on after that, scoring 27 points in the third quarter.
Gonzalez added a 23-yard run in the second quarter.
(Item Sports Editor Steve Krause contributed to this report)