The West Lynn Pop Warner Rams B team had accomplished a lot in the 2009 regular season but there was one rather large challenge left.
Could the undefeated West Lynn Rams beat the undefeated East Lynn Bulldogs – a team that had several players from last year’s New England championship Bulldogs ‘C’ team that made it all the way to Disney World?
Thanks to Brad Scuzzarella’s three touchdowns and a tremendous defensive effort, the Rams claimed a 24-6 victory over the Bulldogs to reign as the top team in Lynn, if not all of New England.
“This is the game that we’ve been waiting for – that was a team that went to Florida last year,” said West Lynn head coach Maurice Cordy. “It feels good. I knew we could do it. This is definitely – since I’ve been coaching – my most satisfying victory.”
The Rams followed the coaching staff’s game plan to perfection: pound the ball on the ground and let Scuzzarella and the Rams’ rushing attack take charge.
“It was definitely our goal to pound the football because that’s how we play football,” said Cordy. “We like to run a little off tackle and we have four or five running backs who can do it. So we share the ball and that was the game plan and it worked today.”
The Rams’ defense also shut down a high-scoring East Lynn team that had blitzed Everett, 32-0, last weekend.
“We won this game because our defense played well,” said Cordy. “Our defense always put us in a good position.”
Juan Pirenza had two interceptions to lead the Rams’ defense. Scuzzarella also had an interception. Kevin Heing, Micah Jackson, Kevin Heing, Jeff Todd, James Hunt, Wes Thompson, Eli McConney and Davinya Robinson were other defensive standouts.
Robinson, the only girl on the West Lynn team, continued her outstanding play in the season’s biggest game. In addition to her excellent performance on defense, Robinson also helped the Rams’ running game with her solid blocking. Offensive linemen Pedro Castillo, Micah Jackson, Wes Thompson, Jeff Todd, and Eddie Johnson-Smith helped the Rams dominate the line of scrimmage.
Cordy is now turning his focus to the Eastern Massachusetts playoffs that get underway this week.
“We’ve been together as a team for four years and have never won the Eastern Mass. title,” said Cordy. “That’s our goal right now. One of our goals was to beat East Lynn and we did that. The next one is to win Eastern Mass.”