LYNN — Recently graduated Swampscott quarterback Brian Santry got used to making plays under pressure for the Big Blue last fall.
Last night in the 52nd Agganis Football Classic at Manning Field, he made a few more.
Santry led the South on an 80-yard fourth quarter scoring drive capped by a 35-yard touchdown pass to Revere’s Kyle Gotham to help his team defeat the North, 13-7.
North kicker Jake Cawlina of Danvers missed a 30-yard field goal in windy, misty conditions that could have given his team the lead with 6:41 to play; Santry (game high 153 yards passing) took over at his own 20 and directed the drive that essentially put the game away.
“Football is all about momentum changes and we have a couple of them,” said Santry, who was named South MVP. “We had a very aggressive defense and that kind of sparked out offense.”
North had two chances to tie it in the last 2:08, but lost a fumble after Bishop Fenwick’s Fran Hannon found Pentucket’s Cody Rothwell for a 34-yard gain. South went three-and-out but Saugus’ Tommy Trainor intercepted Pingree’s Jerome Cappadona with 1:03 left to seal the win for his team.
It was the third turnover of the game for North, which also fumbled going into the end zone with a 6-0 lead late in the first half.
“They made plays and we made fumbles. You can’t turn it over and win in this kind of game,” said North coach Jim O’Leary of St. John’s Prep. “But it wasn’t for lack of effort. The kids were outstanding, they did everything we asked of them all week and it was a wonderful group.”
St. John’s Prep’s Alex Moore was named MVP for the North after he amassed 107 total yards. He ran six times for 32 yards and moved the chains in the air with three catches for 85 yards, including a 16-yard grab that set up Cristian Rivera’s 4-yard TD in the second. North missed the extra point and led 6-0 in the second.