Lynn English’s Lucas Harris showed speed, elusiveness, and athletic ability on his 72-yard touchdown reception in Friday night’s game against Wakefield High.
The 5-10, 155-pound sophomore appeared to be on his way to the turf as Wakefield players close on him, but he kept his balance and raced into the end zone.
Junior quarterback Chris Lessard said he spotted Harris breaking free in the middle of the field.
“We improvised a little on that play,” said Lessard. “I saw Lucas coming over the middle and I threw it. He did what he had to do to get the touchdown.”
Harris credited two outstanding blocks for clearing a path to the end zone.
“Isaiah Davis was out in front of the play and made a great block and Cam Haggerty helped out downfield,” said Harris. “I almost lost my balance a couple of times but I stayed with it and kept going.”
Lessard said the play was a momentum-turner in the game.
“It was a game-changing play but we didn’t capitalize on it,” said Lessard.
Harris, who also plays defensive back, had an interception in the game but he wasn’t satisfied with the outcome of the contest, a 22-16 setback to defending Middlesex League champion Wakefield who played in last year’s Super Bowl.
“We have to play better next week,” said Harris. “We have to get better every day and work hard in practice.”
English coach Peter Holey said the touchdown pass was a bright spot in the game.
“Lucas is a fantastic athlete and if we get him the ball, he can make things happen out there,” said Holey.
Davis also brought the English fans to their feet with a 90-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. But five turnovers hurt the Bulldogs’ chances for victory.
English faces a powerhouse this week in a No. 16-ranked Beverly team that has defeated Concord-Carlisle and Lynn Classical.