Chris Sudak also scored in the first half on a 1-yard run that was a big momentum shift in the game. Greater Lowell had just stuffed North Shore inside the Gryphons’ own 5-yard line, but a mishandled snap led to a fumble that was recovered by Sudak, who scored two plays later.
Sudak also intercepted opposing quarterback Nicholas Rossetti when he jumped an outside hitch pass, setting up another Murphy score to put the Bulldogs on top, 28-0.
Defensively, North Shore Tech focused most of its efforts on shutting down the Gryphons’ gritty running back, Tyler Mahoney, who managed 90 yards on 18 carries. Linebacker Dan Bailey hounded Mahoney all afternoon and kept the GLT senior captain from breaking the big one.
“To shut someone out is unbelievable. Especially this team, because they really started to come on the last three games. I think it spoke to the heart and desire of our kids that they were able to shut them out,” explained Worth, who also spoke about Bailey. “He was keyed up on him (Mahoney) the whole game. Talk about defense.”
Even with the four rushing touchdowns, Bailey’s defensive game and the momentum-shifting plays by Sudak, the most important performances for the Bulldogs came from its five offensive linemen. Denzel Birth, John Sabbio, Eric Comeau, Chris Girrard and freshman Alex Mason brought it to the Gryphons for all four quarters.
After starting center Ronnie Williams suffered an injury Friday in gym class, Worth had to move Comeau to center and bump Mason into the starting lineup. Comeau had a few bad snaps, but his blocking up the middle was crucial. Mason, meanwhile, got consistent blocks for Sudak, who ran off tackle well all game.