Lynn English’s Anthony Timmons rushed for 212 yards and two touchdowns to defeat Lynn Classical at Manning Field on Friday night. (Item photo: Spenser Hasak)
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LYNN – At the 107th annual meeting between the Lynn Classical and Lynn English soccer teams, the Bulldogs won a 14-6 win at Manning Field on Senior Night. With English winning, the all-time series now stands at 56-42-9 in favor of Classical.
“It’s always good to beat Classical,” said England coach Chris Carroll. “It’s been such a strange year and the guys worked so hard that it was great to see them with big pieces when we needed them.”
Before the game, English honored its group of 17 seniors for their contributions to the program over the years.
Anthony Timmons was the star of the game for English, racing 21 times for 212 yards and two touchdowns.
“As a captain, I’m not surprised,” said Carroll. “He had some great runs and made great games during the game, but nothing was greater than this interception at the end of the game to seal it off.”
Maggs, also a senior captain, made 5 out of 9 passes for 70 yards.
For Classical, Marquese Avery led the charge at 79 meters on the ground. Kyle Durant added a total of 47 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown.
“It was just another great fight with a great atmosphere,” said classic coach Brian Vaughan. “I thought we played well for the most part, but we had some defensive failures and unfortunately we didn’t get the result we wanted.”
After struggling with a goalless draw for most of the first half, Classical broke through in the second quarter by a little more than three minutes. After getting the ball back at 9:45 am, the Rams made a 90-yard, 12-game ride that lasted over six minutes. Classical ended the ride with a 15-yard touchdown from Durant and took a 6-0 lead.
But English answered right back. In just six games, the Bulldogs marched across the field on Timmons’ back (who raced 61 meters on the journey). Timmons broke up for a 21-yard touchdown run, then Maggs found Joshua McDonald at the two-point switch and took an 8-6 lead at half-time.
The Bulldogs took that momentum into the second half, forcing the defense into a three, then marched across the field for a 77-yard touchdown drive. Timmons cut it again, this time with a 10 yard touchdown to bring it to 14-6 English.
The result was held from there and although the Rams were late on the goal line and had a chance to drive in the end, Timmons scored the victory for the English with two minutes left.
Classical (1-2) ends the season next Friday (6) against Everett.
“We know we have a big test at Everett next week so we’re going to hit hard this week in practice and try to be ready to go next Friday,” said Vaughan.
English (1-2) will end its shortened season on the streets of Chelsea next Friday (6).
“If we can get 2-2 it would be a good way to send the seniors off,” said Carroll. “Not to mention, it’s a quick turnaround for next fall and we’ll have a lot of people coming back so it would be great to go into the off-season with a little zest.”