SUDBURY, Mass. -– There traditionally hasn’t been much margin for error in the classics between Dual County League rivals Acton-Boxborough and Lincoln-Sudbury. But it was one of the youngest additions to the age old rivalry that helped the Warriors preserve a 10-7 win over the 24th-ranked Colonials Friday night in Sudbury.
L-S sophomore Brian Carroll pocketed a clutch fourth-quarter interception, along with some key rushes in his nine-carry, 72-yard performance. Coupled with quarterback Matt Cahill’s (8 of 11, 128 yards) efficient contributions in the passing game, a rushing touchdown from Chrstopher Giorgio and a fourth-quarter field goal from William Twyman, the young Warriors have shown they’ve done a lot of growing up in a hurry.
“It shows how far we’ve come and we’re playing real well right now,” Carroll said.
And L-S (6-3, 3-0 DCL Large) has just so happened to play themselves into playoff contention in the process.
With the win over A-B (7-2, 2-1), the Warriors control their destiny in the DCL Large with a game in hand over the Colonials and Westford, which each have losses to L-S on their records. In its wins over the Grey Ghosts and A-B in back-to-back weeks, L-S hasn’t had a whole lot of wiggle room, winning both games by three-point margins.
The Warriors need only to win one of their remaining games with Boston Latin and Newton South to become DCL Large champions.
With just two seniors starting on either side of the ball, it has made the ride all that much more improbable.
“I couldn’t be happier,” L-S head coach Tom Lopez said. “I never thought we’d be at this point right now, especially after that first loss to Tewksbury.”
The Colonials entered the game have allowed opponents under six point per game on average, led by senior linebacker Eric Apgar (two sacks), but the Warriors were on the board first with Giorgio’s 12-yard touchdown with 1:45 to play in the first quarter. The rushing score capped off an impressive four-play drive which started on the L-S 40-yard line. Three big plays of 20-plus yards (a Carroll run, a Cahill pass to John Harris and a Cahill keeper) set up the game’s first score.
The Warriors chipped away at the A-B defense, but was unable to knock one into the end zone on a goal-to-go situation midway through the fourth quarter. L-S settled for a field goal try, which Twyman drove through the uprights from 18 yards out.
It would prove to be the game-winner.
The Colonials had moved into Warrior territory on the ensuing drive before Carroll picked off a Mike Morris pass at the L-S 7-yard line.
“I was in deep coverage, but I was just reading the quarterback’s eyes,” Carroll said. “I made a jump on it and I got there in time.”
A-B forced the Warriors three and out and translated the late stop into its lone score. Morris hit Billy Jackman on a 9-yard touchdown pass with 2:05 remaining in the game.
After L-S recovered the Colonials’ onside kick attempt, a 33-yard run by Carroll is all the Warriors would need to ice the win.
“We’ve got to get him the ball more,” a smiling Lopez said of Carroll.
Acton-Boxborough0007 -- 7
Lincoln-Sudbury7003 -- 10
L-S Christopher Giorgio 12-yard run (Will Twyman kick)
L-S Will Twyman 18-yard field goal
A-B Billy Jackman 10-yard pass from Mike Morris (Jack Perry kick)