With the score tied at 14 and 3:55 to go in the game, Conor Davies and the rest of the Lacey offense knew how their game with Manchester would end.
Davies led the Lacey offense on a 10-play, 69-yard drive that was capped by Chris Jensen’s 1-yard touchdown run with 23.9 seconds left to give the Lions a 21-14 win over Manchester on Friday.
“We had been flat the whole game and knew that we had to score,” said Davies, who was filling in for injured senior quarterback Tom Kelly. “We came off on a touchdown on the possession before and had all of the confidence. Four minutes left is crunch time, we knew that we were going to excel there.”
Jensen injured his neck on the touchdown run when he landed on his head. He was taken to the hospital on a backboard and his neck was immobilized. Jensen was moving his legs and talking to EMTs as they treated him.
With the win, Lacey coach Lou Vircillo ties the late Vic Kubu for second on the Shore’s all-time wins list with 263 career wins.
“Every game is a game and everyone is desperate at this point of the season,” Vircillo said. “They played very well against some good teams. We had some issues this week and were able to overcome that and am happy for the victory.”
The Manchester offense opened the scoring late in the first half when quarterback Devin Tomei found Shaquille Benjamin with a 17-yard touchdown pass to give the Hawks a 6-0 lead.
“Our job on defense is to hold them to no points,” Lacey senior nose guard Sean Frank said. “We do our best to get the offense back on the field. I think that we are a second-half team and today we showed that.”
Lacey took a 7-6 late in the third quarter when Davies found Christian Tutela for a 46-yard touchdown pass.
“They played hard all game,” said Matt McGovern, a senior offensive and defensive lineman for Lacey. “We started off slow and the defense really kept us in the game.”
The Lions increased their lead to 14-6 when Jensen score on a 5-yard run at the start of the fourth quarter.
Manchester came back when Tomei found Kashaun Barnes with a 4-yard touchdown pass to tie the score at 14 with 3:55 to go.
“We have about seven starters out tonight,” Vircillo said. “You just have to be able to soak it up and move on. We were able to do that today.”