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October 5, 2013

Turnovers sink Big Blue in loss to Lynn English

LYNN – When a football team doesn’t punt and gains twice as many first downs as their opponent, they should be a good bet to score some points and win the game.

That postulate presumes that the team in question takes care of the football, however.

Swampscott didn’t do that last night at Manning Field, turning it over five times and failing to finish drives in a 27-14 loss to host Lynn English.

“It’s frustrating. This was a game we could’ve used, and our defense gave us a chance,” said Swampscott head coach Steve Dembowski. “We hurt ourselves. We continue to implode; that’s really the best word for it.”

Swampscott (1-4 for the first time since 2004) dominated possession, running 23 offensive plays to English’s six in the third quarter alone. The Big Blue didn’t cash in on those chances, though, with Zach Lozzi returning an interception 39 yards for six English points to put the visitors in a 20-0 hole.

Swampscott fumbled on their first two possessions, quarterback Brendan McDonald (141 yards, 2 TDs) was intercepted three times and the Big Blue turned it over on downs in English territory twice.

“We have to score in the red zone,” said Dembowski. “Every mistake we made compounded into more drives for English, a team that was better than us athletically. We knew we couldn’t run with them all night and we couldn’t give them extra chances.”

The Bulldogs certainly took advantage, scoring on big plays despite gaining seven first downs to Swampscott’s 17. QB Jordan Javier Lark hooked up with Chris Lessard for two scores, the second of which was a 68-yard catch-and-run that put a dagger in the Big Blue in the fourth quarter.

Lark (194 yards passing) also found Kyle O’Connor (5 catches, 82 yards plus a pick on defense) for a score in the first half.

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