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Blue Knights edge Bernardians; Nash leads the way for Lunenburg in 17th meeting with STB.

Byline: Shaun Suhoski

FITCHBURG -- An outstanding individual performance by Lunenburg quarterback Jeremy Nash sparked the Blue Knights to an 18-13 victory over St. Bernard's in a twilight showdown at the Bernardian Bowl on Friday.

Lunenburg (7-4) wasn't fazed by snow delaying the Thanksgiving Eve contest to Friday, as the Blue Knights scored three played into their opening possession when Nash connected with fellow senior captain Joey Kapp on a quick slant for an 80-yard touchdown. Kapp showed he was recovered after missing the last three weeks with a hip flexor, catching two touchdowns and adding a 5-yard touchdown run.

"It took him three weeks but he was definitely healed tonight and had a great game,'' said Lunenburg coach Steve Boone. "Nash and Kapp -- before he got hurt -- those two were pretty dynamic and you can see why.''

The Bernardians (8-3) answered on the ensuing possession as offensive team MVP Aaron Hyde gained 30 of his 41 yards rushing on the scoring drive before capping it with a 1-yard touchdown run. Zachary Bingham's kick gave the hosts a 7-6 lead.

However Lunenburg took the lead for good in the second quarter after Scott Donahue intercepted a Cooper Bigelow pass, which set up a 65-yard drive by the Blue Knights. Nash found Kapp on a 31-yard touchdown toss. The conversion failed, leaving it 13-7 at halftime.

Lunenburg's defense, led by MVP Austin Robbins, stopped the Bernardians on their first possession of the second half. The Blue Knights took over on their own 48, and Kapp capped the drive with a 5-yard touchdown to make it 18-7.

Nash (18 carries, 132 yards) was awarded the offensive game MVP after completing 4-of-14 passes for 146 yards and two touchdowns.

"We run the option so I put the ball in his hands,'' said Boone. "He is the leader out there and the decisions are his. If he's got the ball in his hands there's always a possibility of the ball going into the end zone.''

The game turned chippy late, as St. Bernard's took advantage of a handful of personal foul penalties that resulted into a 11-yard touchdown run by Aaron Robichaud that cut the lead to 18-13 with 38 seconds left. Lunenburg was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct again after the conversion rush failed. With 13 seconds to go, the officials decided to wind down the clock to prevent future problems.

"At halftime they had five personal fouls and we didn't have any. I guess that says a lot within itself. At the end of the game it was eight personal fouls to one,'' said St. Bernard's coach Tom Bingham. "The game is made to be played with complete emotion, that's what makes the game of football special, but, you need to keep it under control. Nine total in the game? That's not anything that anyone should be proud of.''

"It's hard to put into words, but, I can't be happier right now,'' Nash said. "It was a great way to end my career and obviously the rest of the seniors probably feel the same way.''

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Title Annotation:Sports
Author:Suhoski, Shaun
Publication:Worcester Telegram & Gazette
Date:Nov 29, 2014
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