The Chelsea High football team dropped its season opener under the lights at Chelsea Memorial Stadium Friday night to Lynn Tech, 32-8. Costly turnovers and big scoring plays by Tech proved fatal for the Red Devils.
After Lynn Tech grabbed a 6-0 lead in the first quarter on a 60 yard scoring drive, capped by a two yard run, Chelsea seemed poised to get the equalizer when the Devils marched down the field on the ensuing possession and drove to the Tech three yard line. However, a Red Devil fumble was recovered by Tech and five plays later, a 69 yard run from scrimmage made it a 13-0 ballgame.
Tech would add to its margin on a 52 yard pass play before the half ended to leave matters at 20-0 at the intermission. Tech scored twice more in the second half, again on big plays, the first on a 79 yard pass, the second on a 40 yard run on a broken play when the Lynn quarterback kicked up his own fumble and scooted into the endzone.
The Red Devils got on the scoreboard with a nice drive of 12 plays covering 65 yards.
Raul Flores went over from two yards out and CHS quarterback Steven Dwyer ran in for the two point conversion.
Despite the final outcome against Tech, which plays in the Large Division of the Commonwealth Athletic Conference (Chelsea is in the Small Division), there were some positives for the Red Devils to take away from the game. Senior halfback Hector Rivera gained 105 yards on 21 carries. Dwyer, starting in his first varsity game at QB, did a nice job at the helm directing the CHS offense. Senior defensive and offensive tackle Otoniel Suero played well on both sides of the ball.
“We’ll bounce back,” said Stellato. “Tech is a good team and we know we have a lot of room for improvement.”
The Red Devils will entertain Trinity Catholic this week in a non-league encounter in another Friday Night Lights contest at the Stadium. Kick off time is 7:00.