GLOUCESTER-- The Gloucester football team has made a habit this season of pulling out close games and playing its best football in the second half.
Friday’s Northeastern Conference Large tilt with Lynn English at New Balance Track and Field at Newell Stadium was no different.
The Bulldogs high powered passing offense went to work in the first half led by 6’4” quarterback Jordan Lark and the visitors opened up a 21-7 lead. But Gloucester continued to fight, continued to adjust, dominating the second half and pulling out a 34-28 win. The win moves the Fishermen’s record to 4-2 on the year, matching its win total from the entire 2012 season, Lynn English falls to 2-2.
“We just keep on fighting, we never give up,” Fishermen senior captain Jason Lattof said. “This team is a bunch of warriors. We go out there and give it our all every series and every quarter. It’s the work we put in during the offseason that allows us to wear teams down late like this.”
Gloucester head coach Tony Zerilli was quick to credit his team’s second half effort as the team was able to make a few adjustments and control the final 22 minutes of play.
“It’s about making adjustments, seeing what they’re doing to beat you and finding out a way to stop it,” the Gloucester head coach said. “Offensively we were moving the ball all game, it was about fixing the defense. We made some adjustments at the half, got in the right spots and did a much better job slowing them down.”
Trailing 21-13 at the break, Gloucester got right to work drawing even on its first drive of the second half on a four yard run from Jon Good and a Jordan Pallazola two point conversion to make it 21-21.
The teams went into the final quarter tied at 21 each but the Fishermen quickly grabbed their first lead of the contest. On fourth and eight from the 35 yard line, quarterback Ian Kennedy hooked up with Conor Harris on a waggle play for a 35 yard touchdown strike to make it 28-21 Gloucester.