Nick Lawrence ran for 324 yards and 4 touchdowns. He also threw for 40 yards, had a sack, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery on defense. Timberlane upset Winnacunnet tonight on a rainy, windy evening in Plaistow 26-14.
Here's the game's full recap:
Nick Lawrence Show
What a game for the senior! 324 yards rushing, including 218 yards in the 1st half alone. The forced fumble and the fumble recovery happened on the SAME PLAY. Near the end of the 2nd quarter Winnacunnet quarterback Steve Cronan kept the ball himself and ran for 7 yards. But Lawrence stripped the ball right out of his hands to give Timberlane the football right back. Then on the very next play from scrimmage took the hand off and ran it 52 yards for the touchdown. It was his 4th TD of the game, and it gave the Owls a 26-14 lead, which turned out to be the final score.
Someone joked in the press box that of his 324 yards, 321 of them came after contact. But he really did break a TON of tackles. And the weather conditions definitely didn't slow him down.
"We didn't play good enough defense" explained a disappointed Winnacunnet Head Coach Ron Auffant. "We need to do a better job of tackling."
Winnacunnet played this game without arguably their best defensive player, Mike Trainor, who was out with a dislocated shoulder. They were also playing without senior lineman Bryce Paster who is also injured.
Lawrence's 324 yards were just 16 yards short of the Timberlane school record for rushing yards in a game. Derek Furey had 340 yards a couple years ago for the Owls.
The 10 fuumbles the Warriors had earlier in the year vs. Dover has been well documented...and now this. Winnacunnet fumbled the football 6 times, with four of them coming in the first half.
You fumble the ball 4 times and give up 218 rushing yards to one kid, all in one half of football and it's not looking good.
"We were down by 2 scores late" explained Auffant. "And I knew that if we could hold them and get 2 scores we'd be ok. And we held them scoreless in the 2nd half which I was happy about. But we came up empty on our drives in the 2nd half when we needed scores. But the 1st half is where we lost this game."
Holding onto the football has really been an issue for the Warriors this season. But with a QB who has been starting for 3 years now, you wouldn't think that this would be the case. And most of their fumbles in this game were by Cronan.
"The conditions hurt us" lamented Auffant. "We typically like to throw the football more, and the conditions didn't allow us to do that."
Auffant said after the game that he expects both Trainor and Paster to return to the lineup after their game with Bishop Guertin, which is next Friday night.
For Timberlane, they had a couple injuries of their own. QB Nate Lawrence (Nick's twin) made a hard hit on defense in the 2nd half of the game. He was slow getting up though, and did not return to the game. He was replaced at QB by junior Evan Bidgood. The other injury for the Owls was junior lineman Michael Lynch, who also left the game in the 2nd half. The status of both players is up in the air. Both players are very important to Timberlane's success though, as are Trainor and Paster for Winnacunnet.
Others Who Played Well
For Timberlane, fullback Luke Ouelette continues to do an outstanding job of blocking and opening up running room for Nick Lawrence. Ouelette also rushed for 30 yards of his own. Sophomore defensive back Ryan McCarthy played very well, with a fumble recovery, a couple of nice tackles and some very nice coverage downfield when Cronan tried to throw the ball deep. Senior Dan Diodati once again played well on defense for the Owls. He had a sack on the game's final play that sealed the victory.
For Winnacunnet Bret Taylor rushed for 103 yards and 1 touchdown in the loss. Senior Sean Dolan also had a nice game on both sides of the ball for the Warriors.