BILLERICA — After the Shawsheen offense exploded for 55 points a week ago in a win over Cambridge, it was the defense and special teams that handled the brunt of the workload against Lynn Tech on Saturday afternoon.
The Rams took it to the visitors, 43-13, at Cassidy Field in the Commonwealth Large opener for each, but it wasn’t easy at the start.
On Lynn Tech’s first possession, the Rams lost containment on the left side, allowing running back Kennedy Gomes to bolt 91 yards for the game’s opening score.
“We weren’t very good at the start,” said Rams coach Al Costabile. “But we hung in there and our kids showed their toughness.”
To make matter worse, Rams quarterback Mike O’Hearn, who threw for five touchdowns a week ago, couldn’t connect with his receivers, who dropped a few balls.
It was up to running back Paul DePlacido to change the momentum.
He did — even if it was a little unconventional.
After a botched punt produced a safety for Shawsheen (3-1), the Rams had the advantage of field position upon getting the ball back.
From the Tigers’ 28, DePlacido threw a halfback pass that resulted in a Devonn Pratt score. It was DePlacido’s third touchdown pass of the season.
“He’s the most complete football player we have and we like to utilize his arm because he has a good one,” said Costabile.
The score gave the Rams their first lead, 9-7, a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.
Shawsheen kept attacking, but now after establishing the running game, the Rams turned to the air.
O’Hearn and Pratt connected on a pair of second-quarter scores for a 23-7 Rams lead at the half.
Shawsheen’s special teams came up big to start the second half with junior Jared Pinette getting the first of his two blocked punts.
It took DePlacido two tries from 5 yards out to score, the first of two for the senior.