Braintree take out your pens. We have another hometown hero amongst us. Mykel Lane, a 2012 BHS graduate, represented Braintree in the 2012 Shriners All-star Game at Gillette Stadium on Friday. His effort and play were stellar.
At the 2011 football dinner, BHS varsity coach Brian Chamberlain spoke highly about Mykel Lane. He pointed out how every team in the Bay State Carey Conference covered him the same way: put two linemen on him.
Bill Maradei (Austin Prep High School), the head coach of the North All-Stars, must have been watching the Bay State tapes before the game. Lane had two linemen assigned to him most of the night. Lane, however, picked up where he left of in November. He is a seemingly tireless workhorse who sniffs out ball carriers like a shark sniffs out blood. It was no secret to Lane that the North would double cover him all night long. Lane drove into the North line like a freight train and when he broke through he made them pay.
The North All-stars opened the late in the first quarter and lead 6-0 after a missed field goal. With 4:21 left in the second quarter, the South scored on a pass From QB Matt Montalto (Dennis-Yarmouth) to wide receiver Rhett Davis of Franklin. After completing a two-point conversion, the South went up 8-6. In the second quarter, again the South scored on rushing touchdown by Charles Ruffin of King Phillip Regional. David Colclough of Whitman-Hanson kicked the extra point, putting the South up 15-6 with 55 seconds left in the half.
When the second half opened, the North decided to go with their rushing game. Using George Crann of Concord-Calise and Andrew Coke of Andover, the North was able to score again about halfway through the third quarter. Attempts to go up the middle were stopped by Lane and the rest of the South defense, so both runners were forced to go east and west for their yards. The North pulled to within three after another missed extra point attempt. The score stood at 15-12 and that would end up being the final. The North had its chances late in the fourth quarter with a 4th down and five to go and then a fumble by the by the South on their own half of the field, but the South defense held on to win the game.
The Shiners High School All-star game began in 1979. The game is used to help in the support of the Shriners Hospitals for Children. Thousands of dollars are raised. The publicity generated keeps the public informed of the free, expert care available in the 22-hospital network. Congratulations to Mykel Lane and the rest of the South All-Stars. No one could have asked for a better effort or a better game.