LYNNFIELD- The Manchester Essex football team did not have much room for error Saturday on the road against an unbeaten Lynnfield team that has aspirations of a return trip to the Super Bowl.
Unfortunately the Hornets did not turn in one of their better efforts of the season and the result was a 42-0 shellacking at the hands of the Cape Ann League Small leaders. Manchester Essex falls to 2-2 with the loss, Lynnfield improves to 4-0.
"(Lynnfield) is a good football team and they're going to do very well going forward," Athanas said. "I don't think the effort was there today and I don't like that. If we're going to get beat we get beat but we need to play and I don't think we played our hardest today."
It was all Pioneers from the get-go as their starters set the tone early and only needed to play 22 minutes. At the break Lynnfield had a 35-0 lead while out-gaining the Hornets 248-37 scoring on four of its six drives adding a defensive touchdown as well. The Manchester Essex offense was held to just a pair of first downs, one aided by a pass interference penalty.
The Lynnfield defense started by forcing a three-and-out and the offense kept the momentum going with a seven play 55 yard driving culminating with a Kyle McGah nine yard touchdown run to make it 7-0.
The Hornets defense looked to be getting something going forcing a punt on Lynnfield's next possession going into the second quarter trailing just 7-0. But the Pioneers would open the floodgates in the second frame.
A 33 yard run from Adam Buchanan on the Pioneers next drive set up an 11 yard McGah touchdown run to make it 14-0.
After forcing another three-and-out on defense split end Matt Kramich hooked up with Jonathan Knee on a sweep pass for a 55 yard score and a 21-0 lead.