Roxbury Latin holds off Thayer

In a game that was dominated by offense, the biggest play actually came on defense.

With 43 seconds remaining and Roxbury Latin leading, 34-33, Thayer was threatening at the Foxes’ 28-yard line.

On first down, Tigers quarterback Jack Becker stepped back in the pocket, but was blasted by defensive end Guy Green, forcing a fumble that was recovered by Roxbury Latin (2-0) and securing the victory at Schoolhouse Field.

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“That was a great play,” Roxbury Latin coach Pat Ross said. “[Green] wasn’t starting at the beginning of the year. He showed me a lot on special teams and I needed someone to come in and set the edge. He did great. He hustled, got by two guys, and made a great hit on the quarterback.”

Prior to that, the stars of the game were members of the Lowrie Family.

Senior quarterback Mackay Lowrie was 24 for 37 passing for 285 yards and five touchdowns. Four of those touchdown passes were to his brother, sophomore Sean Lowrie (14 catches, 170 yards).

The fourth and final connection was the winner. After throwing a pick-six on the previous drive that put Thayer up, 33-28, with six minutes to go in the fourth quarter, Mackay Lowrie came back and led the team 66 yards in three minutes, rushing for half of those yards and throwing for the rest. He found Sean for the go-ahead score for 11 yards out. The 2-point conversion rush failed.

“[The pick] wasn’t a good decision, obviously,” Mackay said. “But we knew it was going to be an up-and-down game. We knew we were going to have to play all four quarters and it wasn’t done yet, so we had to go out and make one more drive.”

After falling behind, 21-7, in the second quarter, the Foxes began their comeback late in the half. The first Lowrie-to-Lowrie connection, an 11-yard score, cut the deficit to 21-14.

On the first play after the kickoff, Becker was picked off by linebacker Scott Frankenthaler, setting Latin up at the Thayer 34.

After an incompletion, Mackay found Sean on the next play.

The third time the brothers hooked up came early in the second half after Roxbury Latin recovered an onside kick at the 50 on the opening kickoff.

Following a 19-yard run by Brandon Bowman that put the Foxes on the 8, it was Lowrie to Lowrie, again, to put Latin ahead, 28-21.

Just three plays later, Thayer (0-2) responded when Becker found Bryan Vieira for an 8-yard score. But the extra point kick was missed, keeping Roxbury Latin in the lead, 28-27.