Beverly cruises past Lynn Classical football
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BEVERLY — Beverly started right where it left off last week and bulldozed Lynn Classical, 42-7, Saturday afternoon at Hurd Stadium.
Led by a running attack that featured five backs, the No. 19 Panthers raced out to a 21-point first quarter. Senior running backs Brendan Flaherty and Kenny Pierce found themselves in the end zone in the opening minutes. The quarter was capped by a Dave Rollins-to-Flaherty 22-yard pass.
“Flaherty, White and Pierce all did a nice job today,” said Panthers coach Dan Bauer. “Our offensive line executed well for those guys, but that’s the key to any type of running game.”
“It’s all about effort and execution,” said junior tailback Isiah White. “It was a quirky day with all the runners we used, but our line and blockers paved the way for us.”
The Panthers took a 35-7 lead into the half after Pierce drove through tacklers from 12 yards out for the game’s final offensive touchdown. It ended up being a three play-drive propelled by White, who ran for 22 yards on the second play from scrimmage before being pushed out of bounds in the red zone.
Although the majority of the Panthers’ points were on the ground, they turned to special teams in the third quarter to extend their lead. Flaherty, who totaled three touchdowns, received a punt at the Classical 42, broke a tackle, and dashed up the right sideline for the score.
“We tried to keep it simple this week,” said Bauer, whose team faces English next week. “We practiced well, we practiced hard, and I’m really proud of our guys. We focused on our keys and put the effort in them to work.”
The Panthers were able to stifle the Rams’ option offense, but Classical scored in the final minutes of the first half. Rams junior wide receiver Nick Donovan caught a pass from Nick Manthorne. Donovan cut to the flat, where the connection was made, and scampered 20 yards into the end zone.
“Overall we played well, but we’re striving to be better,” said White. “We came to work and that’s what coach wants us to do. We did the job today.”
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