LYNNFIELD —The Danvers High football team lost its third straight game, 21-0, Saturday at Lynnfield in a contest that was all about opportunity.
The host Pioneers scored three touchdowns off three Danvers turnovers in the second quarter. The Falcons (2-3) forced three turnovers of their own, but didn’t come away with any points.
The was the difference as Lynnfield improved to 2-2 coming off a bye-week.
“We came out flat,” said Danvers head coach Sean Rogers. “We didn’t have enough motor, and that’s on me.”
The game turned in the second quarter when Lynnfield’s Alex Pascucci intercepted Danvers’ Nick Andreas to give the Pioneers possession 15 yards away from the end zone. Kyle McGah ran for a 1-yard score; then on Danvers’ first snap of the ensuing possession, Lynnfield’s Tyler Palumbo came down with a tipped interception of a Ryan Chasse pass as the Pioneers set up shop with another short field. Alex Buchanan plunged in from a 1-yard out as the hosts pulled ahead, 14-0.
Danvers then recovered a muffed punt to give itself some life at the Lynnfield 32-yard line. The Falcons drove into the red zone, only to see Lynnfield come down with another interception, this one at the 6-yard line by Cam Rondeau.
“We can’t give it right back to them like that,” Rogers said.
McGah (game-high 156 yards rushing) ripped off a 93-yard run on the next snap, and sophomore QB Dan Sullivan scored from a yard away. What Danvers hoped was a drive that could cut their deficit to one score had suddenly turned into a 21-0 hole.
Danvers stopped Lynnfield inside the Falcons’ 20-yard line on a lengthy drive that began the second half. Including Jake Cawlina’s first-half interception, the Falcons actually stuffed the Pioneers on two red zone chances.