Tewksbury Youth Football
Week Five Results
Youth Division Recaps (2nd, 3rd, & 4th Grade)
Tewksbury Youth Division Blue 6 – Winnacunnet 12
Tewksbury Blue experienced their first loss of the season at the hands of a talented and physical Winnacunnet team. Winnacunnet got off to a quick start moving the ball down and scoring 6 early in the first. Tewksbury held strong stopping the extra point with a team tackle lead by Aaron Conley, Noah Lehouiller, and Cole Kimtis along with a slew of Tewksbury defenders. Although Winnacunnet scored another 6 points on interception after a few adjustments Tewksbury were able to completely shut down Winnacunnet offense. Sean Lane and Danny Fleming were able close off the outside run allowing Evan Manuel, Sean Lane, Cole Kimtis, and Kenny Ryder shut down the middle. Cameron Kearney, Alex Dellorusso, Nick Tracy, and Nick DeGloria were able to shut down a very aggressive passing attack. Nick Tracy and Nick DeGloria also respectively had touchdown saving tackles down the side line. Ryan Fleming was a consistent defensive stalwart all day with 7 open field tackles along with an impressive interception keeping Tewksbury in the game. Tewksbury went to the half trailing 12-0 but came out strong in the second half. On Tewksbury first possession in the second half they started marching down the field behind impressive blocking by Sean Lane and Cole Kimtis blowing open holes. Ryan Fleming had a stupendous day running the ball with hard yardage up the middle. Danny Fleming was able break a long run down the side lines for Tewksbury first score of the day making the score 12-6 from there on it became a defense battle with hard hits from both sides. Ryan Benchater, Jared Woodman, Nathan Cyr contributed with some well-placed defensive play throughout the day. Unfortunately, Tewksbury was unable to capitalize on three forced fumbles and an impressive drive at the end of the game that stalled when the clock ran out with the final score of 12-6
Junior Division “Varsity” (5th & 6th Grade)
Tewksbury Red Pride Junior Division Varsity 44 Timberlane Tornado’s Varsity 6
The Tewksbury Junior Red Pride traveled to Plaistow, NH this past Saturday to face the Timberlane Tornado’s and for the first time this season both the A and B squads left the field victorious. The favored A squad won impressively by a score of 44-6 and the upstart B team won its first by a score 16-14. After a slow first quarter that ended with Timberlane and the A Red Pride dueling to one long scoring drive each. Capped with the Red Pride’s Shane Aylward plunging in from 1 yard out to open the scoring. However the team from Tewksbury found their rhythm in the second and piled up 16 unanswered points to close the half. This time by air. After a 36 yard run by Richie Markwarth, quarterback Tommy Bradley hit Aidan Doherty for a 9 yard touchdown strike. PAT converted by Aylward. On the first play of the next possession Bradley connected with Paul Manzi who raced 60 yards for another score. PAT again added by Aylward. In the second half the offensive line took over, lead this week by Antonio Capelo and Robert Kimtas who dominated the right side of the field. Aylward took full advantage of this with scoring runs of 85 and 37 yards ending his day with an impressive 160 yards rushing on just 10 carries with 3 touchdowns and 2 2-point conversions. The Red number two’s also got in the mix as quarterback Matt Rosemond took over to start the fourth quarter and his unit would not be denied the end zone either. After a few keepers by M. Rosemond, Doherty took over the running load and broke outside for a 63 yard dash for a touchdown. PAT also collected by Doherty. The Defense who shuffled into the morning came alive after the Tornado’s opening drive which netted them their only 6 points of the contest. Shane Aylward proved a force on defense as well with numerous tackles from his linebacker position. He was supported by a fresh young group of solid tacklers Kyle Darrigo and Will McKay. Also standing out defensively was the tandem of Pat and Matt Rosemond patrolling the Red Pride secondary from their safety and cornerback positions respectively. Stepping up for the injured Jack Menard on the defensive line was both Anthony Op and Gaige Dobson.
Tewksbury Blue Pride Junior Division 7 Lowell 19
The Tewksbury Blue Pride suffered a disappointing defeat on a rainy Sunday morning in Lowell. The final score of 19-7 was not indicative of the battle that played out on the turf of Cawley Stadium. Lowell struck first with an early TD on their first possession but Tewksbury answered immediately with a 60 yard bootleg by Nolan Timmons who picked up some nice blocking by Anthony DiSisto, Lexcia St. Cyr, Billy Chase and Pat Letourneau. After Tyler Keough muscled his way in for the conversion, Tewksbury found itself with a 7-6 lead. The defense then stepped up to continue the momentum as the clamps were put on the potent Lowell offense with solid play coming from Matt Houghton, Jared Doyle, Nicky Iannacci, Mike Woodford, Asa Deroche, Jack O'Neill, Anthony Iannacci, Brodie Tirrell, Anthony Diminico, Pat Fleming and Evan Mantel. In the third quarter, after another defensive stop, Tewksbury took the ball and was driving deep into Lowell territory when disaster would strike. On a nice gain for a first down, the wet ball was fumbled and Lowell recovered it. On their first play, Lowell ran for a 80 yard TD which seemed to take the life out of Tewksbury. Trailing 12-7, the Tewksbury offense tried to answer but drive after drive would come to a frustrating end. Even though Tewksbury would ultimately not be able to score again, special kudos goes to center Kyle Scrooc who was able to shotgun snap almost flawlessly throughout the contest in adverse weather conditions. Also deserving praise is the injured Jake Kaiser who did not let the rain stop him from being on the sidelines cheering his brothers on. Lowell added a late TD to round out the scoring, leaving Tewksbury Blue with a 3-2 record on the season with 2 games remaining.
Junior Division “Junior Varsity”
Tewksbury Red Pride Junior Division Junior Varsity 16 Timberlane Tornados 14
The Red Pride B team finally put all their tools together and delivered a full team effort in this hard fought victory. Defense lead the efforts this afternoon with the emerging talents of linebackers Kyle McHugh and Sean Fahey and the defensive end play of Benny Svendson and Mark Bradley. Also visible as defensive strong holds were Gavin Thomasset and Colin Fullerton from the defensive line position. It was the defense that shut down the potent Timberlane offense in the final minutes of the game ultimately securing the win for the deserving B team. Tewksbury needed to play catch up on the scoreboard most of the day but once they addressed a few early offensive concerns the hard running tandem of Kyle Darrigo and Will McKay lead the way. The first score came courtesy of Darrigo who bounced a dive outside and tumbled over the pylon for his first touchdown of the season. PAT was good on a McKay run. The Red still chased the Tornado’s until late in the fourth when McKay took a basic dive through the heart of the defense and came out the other side for a 52 yard touchdown knotting the score at 14 all. For the point after attempt the Red Pride called McKay’s number 24 once more and he delivered. After initially being knocked back at the line of scrimmage the scrappy runner bounced outside and edged out Timberlane with the conversion.
Tewksbury Blue Pride Junior Division Junior Varsity 14 Lowell 0
The Blue Pride JV team played an excellent game on Sunday against Lowell. This week the Blue went to work in the air to help open up the run game. Sean Phaneuf started off moving the ball well. He connected a few pass plays to Hunter DeLonais. The offensive line really stepped up big today with controlling the line of scrimmage in the rain with new center Mike Duggan, excellent blocking from Owen Hernandez, Matt Brennan, Ryan Keane, and Garrett Kingston. The defense had big plays from Sean Oliveira, Hunter DeLonais, Conner Charron, Jared Bova, and Sean Kaiser. The 1st score of the day game on a toss to Mike Kelly who ran 70 yards down the sideline to put the Blue up 6-0. The extra point was followed by Sean Phaneuf scoring off the left tackle. The second touchdown came off a broken pass play when Sean Phaneuf scored a touchdown from 25 yards out. The extra point was scored by Hunter DeLonais. The defense ruled the day with numerous players raising their game to the next level. Drew Timmons, Nathan Vibber, Tyler Raschella, Danny Lightfoot, Jake Forgione, and Cullain Johnson all contributed in the win. The win was sealed when Hunter DeLonais intercepted a pass from Lowell late in the 4th. Next week the team will be at home against Manchester.
Varsity Division (7th & 8th Grade)
Tewksbury Red Pride Varsity Division 30 – Merrimack 16
On a rain soaked Sunday Tewksbury Red Pride took on Merrimack NH. With Merrimack receiving the opening kick-off it was obvious they had a strong running game, good discipline and a solid game plan. That game plan was simple, old school trap football, Merrimack controlled the ball for 8 ½ minutes of the first have ending their impressive drive with a touchdown and two point conversion. The Red Pride had only two options, tuck their tails and hide or respond with Tewksbury tuff football, they opted for the latter of the two. The Red Pride offense lead by the duo of Cody Sughrue and Ben McKay orchestrated a solid offensive game plan by letting the horses run, with the backfield of George Matovu, Shane Darrigo, Brandon Winn and Nolan Kavanaugh the Red Pride offense was off to the races. With well over 100 yards in offense the running backs put on a show keeping the Merrimack defense at bay. All good runners know the only way to get positive yards is behind a strong offensive line, with bodies being shifted into different positions the Red Pride offensive line showed teamwork wins games, Edwin Ortiz, Kyle Privetera, Zach Weitz, Jackson Deroche, Aaron Kennen and the two bookends of Chris Lucas and Justin Rosberg controlled a very good Merrimack defense and opened holes for the Red Pride running game. With the passing game limited due to weather conditions the blocking and run off routes of Alec Hirtle, Masyn Lorick and Trevor Nickerson was critical in the overall offensive production. The Red Pride defense may have slept through the first drive but woke up and showed continued improvement in their run stop abilities, the defensive line buckled down took some licks but showed how gap responsibility football is played. Coming up big was Jake Durant, Chris Lucas, Justin Rosberg, Connor Nugent, Edwin Ortiz, Jackson Deroche and Aaron Kennen, trap style football is not easy on the inside but the Red Pride D-line stood to the challenge. The linebackers and secondary played very strong, with some young bodies showing some true grit, Brandon Rosa, Francis Pino, Derek Graffeo, Sam Fortier and Dan Mottolo getting some Varsity playing time.