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TEMPLETON — A change to the wishbone did wonders for the Ayer football team’s offense on Friday night. Unfortunately, the defense did not fare as well. Behind a monster night from fullback Cody Savoy, Narragansett had more bullets in this shootout, claiming a 47-30 victory over the Panthers in the Division 3B match-up.

“I thought our offense did a lot of good things tonight and we ran the ball hard all night,” said Ayer coach Jamie Lamoreaux. “We just couldn’t get any stops on defense. There were mistakes both mental and physical that came back to haunt us. Right now, it is about getting the younger kids experience and trying to get better every week.”

After forcing a three-and-out on defense, the Warriors offense struck first blood on its opening possession. A 39-yard, five-play drive was keyed by Savoy. The senior carried three times for 30 yards, including a 21-yard scoring run straight up the middle. Jeremiah Stancombe connected with Pat Doyle for the two-point conversion to give Narragansett an 8-0 lead.

Midway through the second quarter, a defensive play led to the Panthers’ first points of the night. Derek Gyles recovered a fumble at Warriors’ 47 and it took Ayer 10 plays to find the end zone. The key play on the drive came on a fourth-and-five, when Lindsey Mullan ran a counter for an eight-yard gain and a first down. Sylvester Marshall (16 carries for 94 yards and two scores) capped things off going into the end zone off the right side from two yards. The conversion failed, but it was now an 8-6 game.

Narragansett answered back on the ensuing possession with a quick drive. The Warriors needed just three plays to go 52 yards, keyed by Savoy (17 carries for 247 yards, two catches for 31 yards and five total TD’s), who carried twice for 32 yards and caught a Stancombe pass off play-action and went 20 yards for a touchdown. The conversion rush was stopped on a great tackle by Marshall and Cody Colon, but the lead was 14-6 heading into the locker rooms.

Things really opened up in the third quarter as the teams combined for 39 points, 33 of them being scored by Narragansett. A two-play, 45-yard drive opened things up in the second half as Savoy went in for the third time on the night, this time from 40 yards out to make it 20-6.

The Panthers responded with a scoring march of their own on the following possession. Mullan picked up a first down with a 10-yard run and ran twice more for six yards to set up a third-and-four. On that play, Austin Luckey (13 rushes for 111 yards and two TD’s) took a hand-off on a trap play and found wide open space, running 52 yards for a touchdown. Marshall hit Tony Banchs in the back of the end zone for the conversion pass to cut the lead to six at 20-14.

Savoy went back to work on the Warriors next possession, picking up his fourth touchdown of the night. A 60-yard, four-play drive culminated when Savoy took a hand-off up the middle and ran 41 yards untouched for a score. Stancombe connected with Savoy for the two-point conversion to give Narragansett a 28-14 lead.

A special teams’ mistake by Ayer led to the next Warriors score as Derek Desbois recovered a fumble on a kick-off to set up a 43-yard scoring drive. Savoy had the big run, going 32 yards to the Panthers one yard line. On second-and-goal, Stancombe called his own number, sneaking in from a yard out for a touchdown. Savoy added the extra point to push the lead to 35-14.

In the fourth quarter, the Panthers put together a pair of scoring drives. Marshall capped off a 67-yard drive with a three-yard touchdown run and Luckey ended a 50-yard march with a six-yard scoring dash while both conversions where good to account for the 47-30 final.