Football Findings: Man. Central (14) - Londonderry (10)
October 10, 2011
10/8/2011
LONDONDERRY
-- Observations from Lancer Park, where Friday night fourth-ranked Manchester Central relied heavily on its defense to outlast winless Londonderry, 14-10.

The teams combined for five turnovers, though the three committed by the Lancers proved far more costly.

As a result, Central improved to 5-1 overall and 3-1 in Division I.

Hard-luck Londonderry dropped to 0-6 overall and 0-5 in Division I.

Findings from this Week 6 game:

Red-zone miscues - Protecting the football is every team's priority, particularly when the offense marches inside the opposition's 20-yard line.

Four times Friday night the Lancers found themselves in the red zone. On two occasions, they turned the ball over.

In the second quarter, the Lancers lost a fumble at Central's 5-yard line. Late in the fourth quarter, on a potential game-winning drive, an interception by Troy Pelletier ended their upset bid.

Londonderry's first turnover didn't occur in the red zone. But it was equally deflating.

Junior Brown recorded a 20-yard pick six on Londonderry's opening offensive possession.

Central's No. 4 - Hector Velez doesn't have the name recognition enjoyed by some of the state's top ball carriers. But he ran like an emerging star in Week 6.

Just a sophomore, Velez totaled 128 rushing yards on 21 carries. For Central, no carry was more critical than his 13th.

Moments after the Lancers took a 10-7 lead, Velez broke free for a 39-yard gain. The run was on the first offensive snap of Central's ensuing possession.

Velez powered through traffic between the tackles and protected the football with two hands. The run significantly altered field position, moving the line of scrimmage from Central's 35-yard line to Londonderry's 26.

Eight plays later, quarterback Riley Cote powered forward for the winning 1-yard touchdown.

The O'Gorman Factor - Speaking of talented running backs, Londonderry sure has one.

Sean O'Gorman returned from a five-game suspension for violating team rules. He gave Londonderry's single wing attack a big boost, gaining 123 yards (2-yard TD) on 25 carries.

Londonderry's top threat sat out the first offensive series. He made his debut on the second series, carrying the ball on four of the six plays.

He gained 9 and 11 yards, respectively, on the first and second snaps of the drive, which ended with a punt.

But, as he did throughout the game, O'Gorman showed a good burst to break tackles.

Stat of the night - Londonderry and Central combined to run 20 offensive plays from scrimmage in the third quarter.

The Lancers were responsible for 17 of them. The first 12 plays of the frame helped the hosts knot the score at 7-all.

Londonderry's single wing was certainly working, which must make those turnovers tougher for the team to accept.

 

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