Chelmsford took a bit to settle itself at Malden Catholic, but as the rains increased in intensity, so did the Lions.

In the end, Chelmsford put forth its best running attack of the season in a 35-13 victory Nov. 9.

In a two-pronged attack, Mike Vecchione and Andrew Shore combined for nearly 300 yards of rushing offense and three touchdowns.

Meanwhile, Chelmsford (2-7) quarterback Chris Rabias added 26 more yards, 22 coming on a touchdown sprint around the left end in the fourth quarter to cap the Lions’ effort.

Rabias did attempt seven passes, completing two for 29 yards, but Chelmsford’s bread and butter for the evening was its running attack.

Vecchione in particular was a constant thorn in the Lancers’ side. The junior back carried 19 times for 183 yards and two touchdowns.

His 42-yard scamper late in the third quarter was a key play in a drive that culminated in a 2-yard Rabias scoring plunge.

The Lions’ offensive domination did not happen right away. In fact, although Malden Catholic opened the game with a long march, it turned the ball over inside the Chelmsford 20.

It was the beginning a turnoverfest that saw each team give the ball away two times each in four consecutive possessions.

However, the Lions began to march late in the first quarter, capping the drive with a Vecchione 3-yard score with two seconds remaining in the quarter.

Chelmsford made it 13-0 midway through the second quarter when Vecchione burst into the end zone from the 5-yard line.

Zeke Bragg, who accounted for both Malden Catholic scores, including a 63-yard spring to close out the third quarter, put the Lancers within striking distance, 13-7, from 11 yards out.

From that point, however, it was all Lions.

The night included the 100th career point from kicker Kevin Hennessey following Rabias’ fourth-quarter touchdown.

Chelmsford put the game away for good with a pair of scores within 14 seconds of each other in the fourth quarter.

Shore, who gained 100 yards on nine carries, gave Chelmsford a 28-13 advantage with a 19-yard burst up the middle.

During the ensuing kickoff, Patrick Hughes recovered a fumble on the Lancer 22 as the wet ball squirted out during the return.

One play later, Rabias made it 35-13 with his 22-yard run.