The explosion that is Lexington High School quarterback Sal Frelick went off again last night as the LHS football team escaped from Concord with a 31-26 win over the Concord-Carlisle Patriots.

 Frelick amassed just under 400 yards of total offense with 162 yards and one touchdown on the ground and 222 yards passing on 18 of 28 for three more scores.

 With the score tied at 14 midway through the third quarter, Lexingtonn coach George Peterson called what must be his favorite play, a quarterback draw, which Frelick executes perfectly.  The senior co-captain faked a pass, waited for the hole to open in front of him and emerged into the C-C secondary.  It appeared that two Patriot linebackers and both safeties had a shot, but Frelick’s quick acceleration is shocking and 74 yards later the Minutemen had the lead at 21-14.

 A 33-yard field goal by the dependable Duncan Hewitt built the lead to 24-14. 

 Then with 6:10 left in the game, Lexington faced a third-and-goal from the C-C 5-yard line.  At his most dangerous when the play breaks down, Frelick was forced out of the pocket, scrambled to his right and just before going out of bounds found senior end Noah Monzillo in the back corner of the end zone.  Hewitt’s extra point brought the Minuteman lead to 31-14, a seemingly safe margin with just six minutes left.

 But reminiscent of Brockton’s fourth quarter against Lexington last week, the Patriots were not done and behind senior quarterback Jack Easterday and two solid running backs, senior Robert Doherty and sophomore Christian Gemelli, mounted a furious comeback.

 Easterday got things started with a 20-yard touchdown pass over the middle to a crossing senior receiver Trevor Hoffman to make it 31-21 with 2:14 left.  The drive was saved by Doherty, who delivered a brilliant 13-yard scamper on fourth-and-10 from the Lexington 39.

 Then the game turned bizarre as C-C executed not one, but two onside kicks and recovered them both.  The first resulted in Patriot possession at the Lexington 32.  Four plays later Gemelli burst up the middle for an 8-yard touchdown run to bring the Patriots within five,  31-26.  Lexington stopped the two-point conversion try.

 Incredibly, C-C’s second onside kick in less than a minute of play worked again, and the Patriots took possession at the 50 with plenty of time left, 1:30.

 With the outcome now totally in doubt and their backs to the wall, the LHS defense answered the call.  First, senior defensive end Sean Sullivan sacked Easterday for a 6-yard loss.  On the next play junior Matt Pusatere blitzed from his free safety position to throw Easterday back five more yards forcing the Patriots to use their last time out with just 29 seconds left and facing a hopeless third-and-22 hole.

 The game ended with Easterday launching a 50-yard prayer that was knocked to the ground at the goal line by a host of Minutemen.

 "We were so lucky to get out of here with a win," said a relieved coach Peterson, and added, "We’ll be doing some work on onside kicks this week.  It’s hard to believe that the season’s just two games old and we’re 0 for 3 on onside kicks."

 Junior Tony Bianchi had another big game, snagging nine Frelick throws for 144 yards and the first LHS touchdown.

 Senior co-captain Ben Quint scored Lexington’s other touchdown on a pass from Frelick with only six seconds left in the first half to bring the Minutemen even at 14.  It capped an impressive, nine-play drive that covered 74 yards in just 1:54.  Frelick was 6 for 8 for 72 of the 74 yards on the drive.