Football Pioneers escape past Salem to win second straight game
By Joe Mitchell
Don’t look now, but the Lynnfield High School football team under the direction of first-year coach Pat Lamusta is starting to develop an identity.
After losing its first four games, they were able to defeat Manchester Essex, 36-6. They then lost the next four, before reversing the trend against Wakefield two weeks ago, 29-22. They then followed up that triumph with a road win against host Salem, 23-20 last Friday night, Nov. 9.
Lynnfield running back Jaret Simpson led the way on offense with touchdown runs of five and 15 yards, while junior quarterback Clayton Marengi hooked up with receiver Matt Fiore for a 25-yard touchdown scoring strike.
Simpson was stellar on defense at linebacker, along with D.J. Capachietti.
The Pioneers are now pulling out these close one score games, which bodes well for the future. New coach coupled with a new system took time to get used to, but it appears everything is starting to click, and the Lynnfield boys are back on track to enjoy much better days ahead in the future.
The team’s turnaround comes at the right time with the annual Thanksgiving Day game fast approaching against host North Reading on Nov. 22, starting at 10 a.m.
The Pioneers will have to combat the North Reading running game, but they now know they can challenge anybody as a young, developing team to keep any game close for a chance to win it with a late score. 28-15) and Somerville (30-28 in overtime).
The Hornets are 5-5 overall after coming up short in their last three games against Revere (27-20), Melrose (28-15) and Somerville (30-28 in overtime).
One team is on a roll – Lynnfield – while the other – North Reading – is not, but as everybody knows anything can happen on Thanksgiving.