GEORGETOWN — Was that really Greater Lawrence out there on the Georgetown field yesterday afternoon?
The uniforms said yes, but the offense made you wonder if another team was using the Reggies’ logo.
Instead of its traditional power-I, run-the-football focus, Greater Lawrence opened the game with four straight passes, threw the ball 29 times overall and had a touchdown through the air, several key third and fourth down conversions via the pass and a pair of passing two-point conversions.
The turnabout helped lead the Reggies to a wide-open, if sloppy, 32-25 victory over the host Royals, who were led by the all-around talents of senior Colby Ingraham.
“We’re definitely going to the spread this year because of our quarterback (Ellicen Pena) and our receivers,” said Greater Lawrence coach Tony Sarkis. “We think we’re going to be pretty good, but it’ll take awhile ... we’re a young team and it’s a process.
“We’ll make mistakes, as you saw today.”
Indeed, Pena threw five interceptions on the day, and there were some questionable decisions by receivers throughout the game, but the positives outweighed the negatives.
The Reggies showed their focus on their opening drive of the game. While Jeremy Torres opened the scoring with a 3-yard run, 42 of the 67 yards on the drive came through the air. Plus, a two-point conversion pass from Pena to Anthony Vasquez made it 8-0.
Georgetown responded with 11 straight points, first on a 35-yard field goal by Pat Bjork and then on an 8-yard run by Robert Dimento, which was set up by a 46-yard run by Ingraham on the previous play.
The Reggies then gained the momentum. A 67-yard pass to Joseph Pagan set up a 5-yard TD run by Torres, Angel Martinez returned an interception 56 yards for a touchdown and Torres scored on a 12-yard pass five plays after Greater Lawrence recovered a fumble on Georgetown’s 29.