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October 14, 2012

Defense keeps Reggies on roll

ANDOVER — The Lynn Tech offense entered yesterday’s game against Greater Lawrence averaging 24.5 points per game this season and having just routed Mystic Valley 44-0 last week.

But the Reggies defense wasn’t intimated at all.

Led by defensive end Jake Barchard, who received the game ball from head coach Tony Sarkis, the Reggies (5-1) held Lynn Tech to just 87 yards of total offense on their way to a 21-0 victory at homecoming.

“We wanted to contain (quarterback Kennedy Gomes),” Sarkis said. “He’s a great athlete for them. And for us to contain him, a big part of it was Jake.

“That’s a team that scores a lot of points,” Sarkis added. “So defensively, we’re clicking together. I’m not happy that we got shut out in the second half. We kind of shot ourselves in the foot a little. So we need to clean up a lot of things. Big one next week against Shawsheen.”

Barchard absolutely leveled Lynn Tech running back Shawn Osorio late in the game, getting the Reggies’ sideline roaring. He also assisted on an impressive sack in the second half.

“This is probably the best game I’ve had all year,” Barchard said. “I was sick all week. I practiced (only three days) but I came back and did good this game.”

Two-minute drill: Marcos Ortiz was back at quarterback for the Reggies after being sidelined last week with a fever. He was 3 of 8 for 50 yards with all three completions coming on Greater Lawrence’s final drive of the first half.

Lynn Tech punted with 52.6 seconds left before halftime and Ortiz and his offense drove 45 yards on seven plays for a touchdown.

On the drive, Ortiz completed a 22-yard pass to Barchard on a fourth-and-10 play, an 18-yard pass to Cristian Rivera on a first-and-15 play and a 10-yard touchdown strike to Caige Nichols.

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