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Defense keys Southbridge win.

Byline: Rick Eggleston

LEICESTER - The feast or famine that has been the Southbridge football team's offense this season continued yesterday, this time with famine, but with the Pioneers still winning.

A week after getting shut out at Uxbridge, the Pioneers hit the road again to eke out an 8-7 decision over Division 2B foe Leicester at Community Field.

Junior quarterback Josh MacNeil's 13-yard touchdown pass to Carlos Damien in the corner of the end zone with 41 seconds remaining in the third quarter, followed by senior running back Hashian Rosario's two-point conversion was all the Pioneers (6-2, 5-1) needed to hand the Wolverines (4-4, 3-1) their first league loss.

"You could tell by the tempo of the game that it was going to be another defensive game, so we made the decision to go for two," Southbridge coach Frank Koumanelis said. "If we were going to win it, we were going to win right there."

The Pioneers made the score stand and locked down the Wolverines behind big hits from Bart Chenevert, Matt Rabbet, Nelson Vega, Angel Rosario and Alex LePage.

"Defensively, we've been playing well all season," Koumanelis said. "We really haven't let up lots of touchdowns."

The lone score against Southbridge came on Leicester's first offensive series, a nine-play, 74-yard drive that ended with junior QB Christian Rodrick scoring on a 3-yard keeper. Scott Bruce's PAT kick gave the Wolverines a 7-0 lead.

"We expected a lot of passing plays and razzle-dazzle - (Leicester) does a good job with it," Koumanelis said.

Indeed, Leicester's drive was keyed by a couple nifty option plays, including a double handoff that led to backup QB Mike Sieles lobbing a 28-yard pass to Mike Ferraro, setting up Rodrick's TD run.

A defensive struggle ensued, as Southbridge had a 15-play drive stall on the Leicester 12. Both teams went on to trade punts, then the Pioneers let a scoring chance slip away to end the first half when they failed to get the snap off from the Leicester 11 as time expired.

Rosario carried the ball 14 times for 97 yards to lead Southbridge, and Jamie Ortiz rumbled for 60 yards. Freshman running back Nick Kenneway paced the Wolverines with 25 yards on the ground.

"We had chances (on offense) to make plays, but couldn't get it done," Leicester coach Tim Griffiths said. "It's tough, because defensively, they played good enough to win."

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Publication:Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, MA)
Date:Nov 8, 2009
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