Great effort by Tech, but Tigers can’t finish

LYNN – The Lynn Tech football team had plenty of chances to put points on the board Thursday night at Manning Field against O’Bryant.But when the Tigers needed a big play, it simply wasn’t there. Despite a defensive effort that held the visitors to 179 yards of offense, Tech fell to 1-2 thanks to a 20-12 loss to the Boston City League team.”We’re getting better but we just couldn’t finish,” Tech coach Gary Sverker said. “We played great defense.”Tech easily could have taken the win but fell victim to a long pass play for a touchdown and a second O’Bryant score that came thanks to two fumbles and a lucky bounce.”They scored on that long pass and that crazy play,” Sverker said. “And even though they gave up the two touchdowns, the defense really was great.”Tech got the ball to begin the game and marched right into O’Bryant territory but was turned over on downs when fullback Mikey Lara (15 carries, 118 yards) was stuffed on fourth-and-one at the 40.The Tech defense got the ball right back for the hosts when Anthony Coleman picked off a badly overthrown Josh Carrington pass at the Tiger 34.But that chance went by the boards before the defense once again put Tech in scoring range. Lorenzo Rivera recovered a Chris Perkins fumble and rumbled to the O’Bryant 26.Once again, however, the Tigers were turned away when Steven Caisse was stopped two yards short of the sticks on fourth-and-10 from the 26 late in the first quarter.Bolstered by the stand, O’Bryant finally broke the defensive stalemate in the early moments of the second quarter.Carrington launched a 55-yard bomb to Julius White for a gain to the Tiger 18. On the next snap, Carrington kept on a zone read play and went the distance to make it 7-0 with 6:30 left in the half.Caisse set the Tigers up in good field position on the ensuing kick, returnig it to the Tech 47. Lara then dashed 29 yards to the O’Bryant 24.Tech reached the 20 before falling victim to another self-inflicted mistake. Mario Bazile was tacked for a six yard loss on third down and Jordan Rucker’s incomplete pass turned the ball over on downs.Caisse’s special teams prowess came through again when Tech forced a punt. He returned the ball to the O’Bryant 13, from where Lara carried defenders into the endzone to cut the lead to 7-6 (the conversion rush failed).”Caisse really did play a great game,” Sverker said.Then came the zanyness.Facing third-and-10 from his 36, Carrington kept on an option and was stripped at the 38. Running back Omari Alford was there to pick up the ball and flew down the right sideline.Inside the five, Alford was stripped. But wide out David Maloney trailed the play and scooped up the loose ball at the two to walk in for a keystone cops like touchdown and a 13-6 halftime lead.The lead could have been more, but O’Bryant missed a wide open man on a double pass on the half’s final play.The Tech defense did the job again at the start of the second half, giving the Tigers the ball at the O’Bryant 43. From there, it was a seven play drive to the endzone for Sverker’s team.Lara’s 15 yard run to the O’Bryant 10 was followed by a Caisse sweep around right end that trimmed the lead to one after another conversion miss.It stayed a 13-12 game into the final minutes when Tech was stopped on a fake punt on fourth-and-five from its 47 with 7:30 to go.Maloney then gained 29 yards on a reverse to the Tech 29. Alford took care of the rest on the next play and O’Bryant had a 20-12 lead with 6:38 to go.Tech would get a final chance when Carrington fumbled at the one and the Tigers recovered in the endzone in the final minute. But a botched handoff and an O’Bryant recovery spelled the end for the Tigers.”It’s kind of a tough game to lose,” Sverker said. “But the kids played hard and kept playing hard until the end. That’s all you can ask of them.”

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