LYNN — Danvers coach Sean Rogers decided to trust his defense with the game on the line against Lynn Classical last night.
A host of Falcons stopped Classical’s Devon Crayton on 4th-and-1 in Danvers territory with 42 seconds to play, and the Blue-and-White held on to top the Rams 29-26 at Manning Field.
The win, Danvers’ fourth straight, leaves the Falcons as the lone unbeaten team in Northeastern Conferfence South action. No fewer than a half-dozen visiting white jerseys were in on the final stop, with Drew Salvo, Andy Curtin and Dan Lynch leading the gang.
“Offense will win you games. Defense will win you more games,” said Rogers, who had all the faith that defense would make the stop after Danvers couldn’t execute a fake punt with 2:25 to go that gave Classical (2-3) the ball at their 45-yard line.
Rogers also stopped short of saying defense will win you championships, which is what the Falcons are closing in on with their first win over Classical since 2005. The Falcons are staying grounded even as both a Division 3 Northeast playoff berth and the NEC South banner are within their grasp.
“It comes from our captains,” Rogers said of the team’s grounded nature and maturity. “The team sees they believe it and they’re following. Look, this is one more step, but we have a lot of work to do and two very tough opponents in Salem and Winthrop left.”
“We’re getting there but we’re not there yet.”
The steps taken last night were a combination of offense, defense and clutch plays. Danvers scored two TDs in the fourth quarter last night; the first was a 23-yard strike from Nick Andreas to Anthony Cordoba that gave the Falcons the lead with 10:52 to go, and the second was a 21-yard burst by Chris Behen as Danvers looked to extend the lead, and did so at 29-20.