By Dave Dyer
---- — 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.
Ahead 30-11 at halftime, the Reggies seemed to have the game at hand, but the “learning process” showed in the third and fourth quarters. In their first five possessions, Pena threw four interceptions — including three to the nifty Ingraham — and fumbled the ball away another time.
All the turnovers eventually came back to hurt Greater Lawrence as Ingraham scored on 39 and 7-yard-yard runs, the final coming one play after a 38-yard Ingraham pass to Bork, making the score 32-25 with 3:16 to play.
Following the first Ingraham TD run, the Reggies picked up two pivotal points when Shane Dunn intercepted a conversion pass and brought it back all the way.
After the second Ingraham TD, Greater Lawrence seemed to clinch the win when Isaiah Roman made a nice initial cut and returned the ensuing kickoff 72 yards for an apparent TD. But he was whistled for premature celebration, disallowing the score.
After that, partially thanks to a 14-yard pass from Pena to Vasquez, Greater Lawrence was able to run out the clock to even its record at 1-1.
Overall, six different Greater Lawrence receivers caught passes, led by Joseph Pagan with 102 yards on three catches as Pena finished with 187 yards passing. Defensively, the Reggies’ front four was solid throughout.
For the Royals, who got a strong defensive game from Matt Prescott, Ingraham was all over the field. He ran the ball for 121 yards and two TDs on just 10 carries, passed for 129 yards, had the three interceptions. He also made at least two TD-saving tackles and had two kickoff returns of over 35 yards.
“He’s a heck of an athlete and we had trouble with him,” said Sarkis.
Said Georgetown coach Paul Sobolowski: “We’re young and we’re going to make mistakes, but you saw that there’s no quit in these kids. I think we can win some games.”
agateHed:Greater Lawrence 32, Georgetown 25
agateText:Georgetown (0-2): 0 11 0 14 — 25
agateText:Greater Lawrence (1-1): 8 22 0 2 — 32
agateText: GL — Jeremy Torres 3 run (Anthony Vasquez pass from Ellicen Pena), 4:18
agateText: G — Pat Bjork 35 FG, 9:47
G — Robert Dimento 8 run (Matt Prescott run), 8:40
GL — Jeremy Torres 5 run (Shane Dunn pass from Ellicen Pena), 7:04
GL — Angel Martin 56 interception return (Yoel Batista pass from Pena), 3:12
GL — Torres 12 pass from Pena (pass failed), 1:12
agateText: G — Colby Ingrham 39 run (pass failed), 5:41
GL — Shane Dunn (interception return of extra point), 5:41
G — Ingraham 7 run (Ingraham run), 3:16
agateText:RUSHING: G (15-135) — Colby Ingraham 10-121, Robert Dimento 3-10, Cooper Martens 2-4; GL — Anthony Vasquez 10-68, Shane Dunn 10-33, Ellicen Pena 5-(-11), Jeremy Torres 4-9, Albert Villa 1-(-1)
agateText:PASSING: G — Ingraham 10-22-3, 129; GL — Pena 13-29-5, 187
agateText:RECEIVING: G — Pat Bjork 3-46, Martens 4-62, Matt Prescott 3-21; GL — Vasquez 2-19, Roman 1-4, Yoel Batista 3-20, Torres 1-12, Joesph Pagan 3-102, Angel Martin 3-30