SUDBURY — Eventually, the Masconomet Regional football team’s offense got going.
By that time, however, it was early in the second quarter and Lincoln-Sudbury was in control.
Despite three second-half touchdowns — two coming from Will Hunter — the Chieftains (6-3) fell to L-S, 42-21, in an MIAA Division 2 North semifinal on Friday at Myers Field.
Masco’s non-playoff opponent for next week will be determined on Sunday. L-S (7-2) will play defending state champion North Andover for the sectional title next week as the Scarlet Knights defeated top-seeded Reading, 21-18, Friday night.
“They made the big plays,” said Masconomet coach Gavin Monagle. “They were well-coached and disciplined. I was happy with our effort, but we needed more consistency.”
The Warriors held a 21-0 lead at the half. The Chieftains forced them to punt on the opening series of the third quarter.
On Masconomet’s third play of the second half, Hunter got around the left end and sprinted 54 yards down the sideline to put Masconomet on the board with 9:21 left in the third quarter.
L-S responded with touchdowns on its next two possessions to keep the game just out of the Chieftains’ reach.
On the next series, Collin Murphy broke through the middle of the line from the Masconomet 27, getting to the 15. He fumbled and a scramble ensued for the ball, with each team getting a hold of it and knocking it toward the goal line. The play ended with L-S’s Jesse McCullough recovering the fumble in the Masco end zone for the touchdown.
“That play was a back-breaker,” Monagle said.
On Masconomet’s next series, the Warriors’ Jimmy O’Connor picked off a pass and returned it 30 yards to the Chieftains’ 31. Three plays later, Murphy completed a 9-yard touchdown pass to McCullough. Tyler Rosenberg’s fifth of six PATs made it 35-7 with 3:07 left in the third.
In the fourth quarter, Masconomet quarterback Alex Theriault threw two touchdown passes, a 7-yarder to Hudson Weidman and a 53-yard screen to Hunter. On the series leading to Weidman’s touchdown, Weidman caught a 42-yard pass from Theriault, moving the ball to the L-S 9.
Andrew Cahill scored the Warriors’ final touchdown on an 8-yard run with 6:55 left.
In the first half, O’Connor scored on a 1-yard quarterback sneak and threw a 19-yard touchdown pass to Griffin Brown. L-S’s Finn Garrity returned a fumble recovery 45 yards for another touchdown.
Late in the second quarter, Masconomet caught a break when Mat Nadworney recovered a fumble at the Masconomet 45. The Chieftains made it to the L-S 40 before the drive stalled and the Warriors took over on downs,