FAIRFIELD — The Lawrence football team bounced back from a rare regular-season defeat last week with a dominating performance against Brewer, earning a 48-6 win Friday night at Keyes Field.

Senior back Beau Grenier only carried the ball nine times but was extremely effective, rushing for 198 yards and five touchdowns. Fellow senior back Ethan Powers finished with 117 yards on 17 carries and scored twice.

“I think the kids responded pretty well after the tough loss last week,” Lawrence coach John Hersom said in reference to the 39-0 loss at Mt. Blue. “I think our pride was hurt a little last week and we came back this week to certainly have a great night.”

Lawrence is 2-1 in Pine Tree Conference Class B play while Brewer falls to 0-3.

The 210-pound Grenier ripped off an 18-yard run on the Bulldogs’ first play from scrimmage to set the tone for the night. He got the same call on Lawrence’s next series and gained 19 yards. Powers broke off tackle for short runs of 1 and 4 yards to account for Lawrence’s first two scores in the opening period.

The large Lawrence crowd was briefly stunned when Brewer junior Austin Pagnozzi returned the ensuing kickoff for 90 yards and a touchdown, breaking up the middle then finding a crease down the left sideline.

The second quarter belonged to Grenier and the Bulldogs, Grenier found a big hole off the right side and scored virtually untouched from 65 yards out. Chad Martin added the conversion kick to make it 21-6. Grenier scored twice more on runs of 1 and 2 yards to make it 34-6 at the half.

“Our fullback and our halfback are physical runners,” Hersom said. “They really complement what we’re trying to do right now.”

The Witches had a tough time generating offense against a young but aggressive Lawrence defense. They picked up just one first down in the first half and didn’t get anything going until Hersom substituted freely in the third quarter. Junior linebacker Cole Robinson was in on several tackles with help from sophomore linebacker Mitchell Cushing and tackle  Cody Cunningham.

“We have a lot of young kids playing right now,” Hersom said. “We’re just happy for them that they’ve made the sacrifices to get to this point.”

Gary Hawkins — 621-5638
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