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November 28, 2012

The end of the line

Amesbury runs out of gas in loss to Lynnfield

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Lynnfield closed its regular season with seven consecutive victories, meaning neither Amesbury or Lynnfield had lost since Sept. 21 entering last night’s game.

The Pioneers spared their fans a dramatic comeback against Amesbury in the second meeting of the season. They jumped to a 14-0 lead, thanks largely to the running of junior tailback Kyle McGah and senior quarterback Michael Karavetsos, who combined to rush for 276 yards and five touchdowns on the night. McGah tallied four touchdowns himself for the second time against Amesbury this season.

Amesbury appeared primed to make it a game in the second quarter when it sustained a drive for the first time on offense. However, Lynnfield made the Indians work for every yard in a 16-play, 51-yard touchdown drive. The Indians converted two fourth-down attempts, including a fourth-and-goal situation from the 2 in which Ben Cullen rushed in for the score.

The cut Lynnfield’s lead to 14-7 going into halftime.

“We stayed even-keel for the most part,” Connors said. “We weren’t overly excited. Even at halftime, we were down 7, and our expectation was we’d play better in the second half. We just didn’t. Sometimes in these situations, kids get stressed. We had three very stressful weeks in a row. We just didn’t respond as well in this one.”

Amesbury’s struggles continued in the second half. Lynnfield opened the third quarter with an 8-play, 67-yard drive capped by a McGah 3-yard touchdown run. Amesbury’s first three offensive possessions of the second half ended in a lost fumble, an interception, and an interception.

By the time Amesbury picked up its initial first down of the second half, the score was 28-7 in Lynnfield’s favor. By the time the Indians picked up their second first down of the half, it was 35-7.

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