Lohnes lights it up at right time

The huge. 43-33, win Saturday evening over Pelham basically kept the Sabers in the race at 3-3. Now Friday night’s home date with Hollis Brookline is immense.

“The win was one we needed for sure, but we really need to win the rest of our games,” said Sabers QB John Lohnes, who ran for 153 yards and threw for 204 more as Souhegan thumped previously 3-2 Pelham.

“This is definitely another must-win game this week.”

A week earlier, Pelham simply overwhelmed HB, swarming QB Sander Wimmer. This week, though, Souhegan was ready.

“They were ready to go against Hollis, but we have confidence in the offense to be able and execute,” said Lohnes. “With us, we have four guys who really can make plays. They had to cover them and could only rush five. At 5-on-5 up front, my offensive line did an amazing job.”

Outside, the two speedsters, Luke Manning and Reece Colby, continue to assert themselves. Trey Johnson is a legit big-play game-breaker and newcomer Aidan Casey has been old reliable, moving the chains from the other slot spot.

Souhegan will be ready to go in this one, especially after what happened in this matchup a year ago.

“We have to come out and play with HB. We were up 21 on them going into the half last year, and they came back to win it,” said Lohnes. “Last year, that game was a wakeup call for the rest of our time playing football at any level.

“You can’t let up. You never know when things can go wrong.”

Lohnes threw a pair of TD passes to Trey Johnson (2-93) and a third to Luke Manning, who caught seven balls for 81 yards. Johnson, who had 8 rushes for 56 yards, added a TD on the ground, and Tyler Hall scooped up 109 yards and a TD in his 11 tries.

Hall also added a key 17-yard fumble return for a touchdown to pace the opportunistic Sabers.

The teams combined for 850 yards of offense.