By Joe Mitchell
First-year Lynnfield High School football coach Pat Lamusta recorded his first career win last Friday night, Oct. 5, against Manchester Essex in the home opener, 36-6.
After spending the entire month of September on the road, the Pioneers relished the opportunity to play before the home folks, and they certainly took advantage of it to thoroughly decimate the Hornets.
The Pioneers dropped their first four games, two of them by a combined total of three points, and so getting that convincing win last Friday night was a relief for a team working hard to turn its season around in a hurry.
Hunter Allain, Liam Farrell, Mike Julian, Cole Moretti and Justin Ndansi set the tone for the offense with their blocks along the line.
The defense also did its job by recovering three fumbles, and John Lee was credited with an interception to stop another drive by the Hornets.
Quarterback Clayton Marengi ran for a touchdown and threw for another one, as well.
Running back Jaret Simpson scored two rushing touchdowns, and later in the game reserve quarterback Brett Cohee crossed the goal line for six points.
The Pioneers didn’t let up in the second half. Lee ignited a couple of drives with electrifying punt returns.
Another home game on Friday night, Oct. 12, against Ipswich just might inspire them once again to secure another win as the Division 5 North playoffs are fast approaching.