Lynnfield senior captain Spencer Riley rushed for 133 yards and four touchdowns in a loss to North Reading Thursday morning. (Item Photo: Jakob Menendez)

Lynnfield football loses upset bid in back-and-forth thriller

LYNNFIELD —  The Lynnfield football team left it all on the field on Thanksgiving Day at Pioneer Stadium, giving archrival North Reading — the top-seeded Division 5 team in the state — a run for its money only to come up empty, 28-25, in a game that wasn't decided until the final minute.

After a 15-yard touchdown run by senior captain Spencer Riley, Lynnfield led 25-21 with about three minutes left in the game. The Hornets rallied to regain the lead, 28-25, on a William Batten 10-yard  touchdown run with 1:10 to go. With one last chance, the Pioneers turned the ball over on downs on their ensuing possession to bring an end to the season and their dream of pulling off a major upset.

"This game represents the message that we have had all year long, and that is to focus on ourselves and what we can do," said coach Pat Lamusta. "We've been close all year and have been just a few plays away, but to…

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