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Monday, Nov, 1, 1971, Page 13

 

Fifth In A Row For Tech, 16-14

 

By BILL BEATON

 

    Sparked by the passing of sophomore quarterback Jim O'Meara and a tremendous defensive effort by the Lynn Tech line, the Tigers edged Greater Lawrence Regional16-14 before a sparse crowd Saturday morning at Manning Bowl. It was the fifth win in six starts for the Tigers.
    If it hadn't been for, the outstanding play of the Tiger defense, Lawrence would have walked off with the victory. In the second period Lawrence had a second-and-goal situation, but the Tigers held; in the third period, Lawrence drove to the Tech one, but sophomore Fausto Ricciardi recovered a fumble for the Tigers to end the threat; twice in the fourth quarter Lawrence drove deep into Tech territory, but the defense rose to the occasion.
    The Tigers drew first blood on, sophomore Mike Wolf's 26-yard run in the first period, but Tech had to come from behind to win. Lawrence put together two touchdown drives in the second quarter and was leading 14-8 before the Tigers struck again just before the half.
    Wolfe capped a Tech drive early in the opening quarter by bolting over left tackle to score. End Pat Gordinas made his first catch of the season for the extra points and an 8-0 lead.

 

VISITORS SCORE

    Lawrence came right back with halfback Mike Colbert doing the bulk of the carrying. The Reggies drove down to the one-foot mark before an offside moved them out beyond the five. Colbert passed to end Frank Skusevich, but four Tiger defenders tossed him to the turf inches short of the goal line.
    A Lawrence coach came onto the field to dispute the call and was handed a 15-yard penalty. This was a fourth-down play and a the Tigers regained possession.
    Lawrence managed to hold off the Tigers-to force a punt. It went 19-yards and Colbert re-turned to the Tech 33. On first down, quarterback Bob Briggs hit Skusevich down the left side and the big end raced into the end zone. The try for points failed and it was now 8-6, Tech.
    An intercepted pass set up the second Lawrence TD. With the ball on the Tech 32, Colbert carried back-to-back for 12 yard. A face-mask penalty against the  Tigers put Lawrence on the 10.
    Tech defensive tackle Joe Melcher broke through, to throw the quarterback for a loss at the 12 on second down Colbert took a pitchout to the left and scampered into the end zone. Briggs rushed for the extra points and Lawrence took the lead, 14-8.

 

FINE RUNBACK

    On the ensuing kickoff, Tom Parini of the Tigers took the ba1l on the run at his own 16,

avoided a host of tackles, and managed to bull his way to the Tech 47. Quarterback Jimmy O'Meara went to the air with success.
    He connected with co-captain Tim Bogart for 12 yards, halfback Neil Buck1ey for nine more, then Bogart again for 13 yards, putting the ball on the Lawrence 18 with a first down. After two incomplete passes, the Tigers picked up nine yards on a holding penalty against Lawrence. On third down O'Meara was thrown for a loss at the 24.
    O'Meara, on fourth down, found Parini in the end zone for the TD, then passed to Bogart for what proved to be the winning points.
    It was the Tech defense that carried the bulk of the load the entire second half. After holding Lawrence on downs and forcing a punt in the opening minutes of the third quarter, a Tech player-touched the punt and Lawrence recovered on the Tech 34. Four plays later, Lawrence was on the Tech one before Ricciardi made the fumble recovery.
    Scott Hammerstrom and Glen Searles, a pair of sophomores, made key tackles late in the third period to keep Lawrence from mustering an attack. In the fourth quarter, O’Mara, a sophomore intercepted a pass to end a Lawrence drive.

    One of the biggest, plays of the game came late in the fourth period. Ricciardi boomed  a punt 38 yards to the Lawrence 11, where it was fielded by Skusevich. The Lawrence end raced from the right side to the left sidelines with blockers out in front of him. Ricciardi was the only man between Skusevich and the end zone and Fausto made the saving tackle on the Tech 25 after a 66-yard return.

    TIGER TIDBITS-Tech meets undefeated Georgetown next Saturday on the latter team's field.
    Ricciardi is a top defensive lineman, even though he's only a soph . . . Parini is an exciting runner whenever he touches the football, not blazing fast, but very shifty . . . The future looks bright for the Tigers with the likes of O’Meara and Pusterino sharing the quarterback post … Only three of the players who started Saturday's game saw much action for the Tigers last season as the lineup is comprised of underclassmen …
With three games remaining, Georgetown appears to be the only threat to Tigers winning after losing the opener 46-0 to Masconomet.
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