Tewksbury Youth Football
Youth Division Recaps
Winnacunnet 40 Tewksbury Red 18
Tewksbury Red had a rough day with the tough Winnacunnet team. Stand outs for Tewksbury were Trevor Trodden, Justin Darrigo, and Jonah Bennett all scoring TD’s. Richard Bongiorno and Sean Hirtle did well running with the ball. Cooper Lemieux, Evan Silva, Ryan Mottolo and Sebastian Stoner were tough on defense. Richard Bongiorno had multiple tackles. Aaron Clark and Michael Lindsey did a good job on defense too. Thanks to the cheerleaders who cheered us on throughout the tough game.
Tewksbury Blue 12 Timberlane 7
Tewksbury Blue Youth Football team started the season with a victory in their home opener Saturday against a very talented Timberlane team. An extremely focused Tewksbury Blue team took the field with high energy and enthusiasm. After a few series of trading downs back and forth Tewksbury Offense got going with hard running by Ryan Fleming, Sean Lane, Cole Kimtis, and Nick Tracey. Their Success was made possible running behind a very impressive line made up of Aaron Connelly, Brady McHugh, Max Mattuchio, Noah Lehouillier, Alex Dellorusso and Nathan Cyr. After moving the ball with some hard fought yardage Tewksbury Offense broke free with some impressive running by their Quaterback Dan Fleming whose tenacious running finally paid off with a 53 yard run down the side line for the first score of the afternoon. Timberlane responded quickly with a few long runs of their own eventually scoring and converting the extra point making the score 7-6. The game became a defensive battle where Tewksbury defense consistently responded with shutting down the Timberlane offense with courageous efforts lead by Aaron Connelly, Dan Fleming, Max Mattuchio, and Sean Lane who accounted for a flurry of tackles and fumble recoveries. Timberlane passing attack was neutralized by an impressive defensive display by Nick DeGloria, Cameron Kearney, Ryan Fleming and Kenny Rider all of whom along with their multiple tackles each broke up passing attempts at crucial times in the game. Evan Manuel was causing havoc all day consistently disrupting the Timberlane back field which stymied their offense. Great plays from the bench came from Ryan Benchater, Marc Thomas and Jared Woodman who were all instrumental in the victory. In the second half Dan Fleming put the team on his shoulders consistently making something out of nothing eventually scoring the team's second touchdown of the day. For the rest of the day Tewksbury Blue frustrated Timberlane until late in the fourth quarter where Timberlane got it going with a couple of long runs culminating in a first and goal for Timberlane with less than two minutes to go in the game. That's where Tewksbury Blue's Valiant and disciplined defensive play was able to hold them and secure the 12-7 Victory.
Junior Division “Varsity”
Tewksbury Red 20 Tewksbury Blue 6
The Tewksbury Junior Red Pride kicked off an emotionally charged 2013 5th/6th grade football season by splitting wins with the partner home Team Tewksbury Blue Pride in this rare clash of hometown teams. After a moving dedication of the Tewksbury Youth Football’s announcers booth in the memory of Shane Contalonis the players and coaches took the field with heavy hearts and committed to play football this season in his spirit. The Red Pride “A” squad won today’s contest 20-6 behind a solid defense effort and the impressive offensive line play lead by center Ryan Day and Tackle Robert Kimtas. Rounding out the work horses up front were Anthony Op, Antonio Capelo and Santino Garolfalo. Following these blocks was Shane Alyward who raced for two touchdowns on the morning and a host of yardage in between. Other ground contributors were Richie Markwarth who rambled in for an extra point conversion and collected several other hard earned yards. Also the tandem of quarterback Tommy Bradley and Paul Manzi connected several times and once for a touchdown which closed the scoring on the day. The defense was led by the play of Jack Menard, Owen Gilligan, Ryan Briley, Pat Rosemond and Alyward.
Tewksbury Red 20 Tewksbury Blue 6
The Blue Pride varsity team dropped its season opener 20-6 to the Red Pride in a battle for bragging rights in Tewksbury. The day started with an emotional dedication of the announcer's booth to Shane Contalonis, son of Blue Pride Coach Tucker Contalonis. The Blue Pride tried to channel the emotion but came out flat giving up a TD on the opening possession. A turnover on its first offensive play put the defense right back on the field with their backs against the wall and the Red Pride struck paydirt again. Before the Blue Pride knew what hit them, they found themselves in a 13-0 hole. The Red Pride struck again just before halftime making the score 20-0 at the break. The Blue Pride used the intermission to regroup and make some adjustments which ultimately would pay dividends. The first adjustment was adding Pat Letourneau and Billy Chase to the blocking scheme. They combined with Kyle Scrooc, Mike Woodford, Lexcia St. Cyr, Asa Deroche and Anthony DeSisto to take over the line of scrimmage as the Blue Pride marched down the field on the opening possession of the second half. The drive ended with a Tyler Keough 1 yd TD plunge and was highlighted by some nice runs by Anthony Iannacci and Jake Kaiser. The other adjustment was made on the defensive side of the ball and the defense responded by keeping the Red Pride off the scoreboard the entire second half. Key contributors on defense included Evan Mantel, Matt Houghton, Nicky Iannacci, Nolan Timmons, Patrick Fleming, Brodie Tirrell, Ryan Keane, Jack O'Neill and Anthony Diminico. The Blue Pride will look to build on the momentum from the second half in its battle with Sanborn at home on Saturday.
Junior Division “Junior Varsity”
Tewksbury Red “JV” 0 Tewksbury Blue “JV” 16
The Red Pride B team struggled to find their identity this morning as they fell to the Blue Pride B squad 16-0. The defense saw most of the action and received tremendous efforts by Sean Fahey, Gavin Thomassett, Aidan Leffler and Colin Fullerton. The offense was directed by Quarterback Mark Bradley who distributed the ball for positive gains to Kyle Darrigo on the ground and by air several times. Also collecting a bundle punishing rushing yards was Will McKay who broke for a couple long runs on the morning. Other Red Pride B squad standouts were Kyle McHugh, Ethan Exilhomme, Colin Bozek and Lucus Tryder.
Tewksbury Blue “JV” 16 Tewksbury “JV” 0
The Blue Pride “JV” won the season opener on a picture perfect Saturday morning. The team played a solid game on both sides of the ball. The offense was led by QB Sean Phaneuf who was 3 for 3 on passing for the day and ran for multiply yards in the game. He was protected from a tough offensive line of Matt Brennan, Jared Doyle, Michael Duggan, Sean Kaiser, and Richie Lavargna. The running backs had a successful day running the ball behind this line. Success came from Billy Chase who scored the 1st touchdown with a 55 yard breakaway run off the left side. Sean Phaneuf came right back for the extra point. Hunter DeLonais setup the second touchdown with solid runs to the left from the wingback position. This allowed Mike Kelly to score the second touchdown on a reverse for a 45 yard touchdown. Jared Doyle scored the extra point to make the score 16 – 0 late in the 3rd quarter. Fullback Connor Charron kept the defense honest all day with solid runs up the middle.
The Blue “JV” defense held the Red attack offense all day. Impressive play came from Jared Bova, Danny Lightfoot, Nathan Vibber, Cullain Johnson, Rory Power and Sean Oliveira. The Blue “JV” plays at home next week against Sanborn.
Tewksbury 24 Chelsea 0
The Tewksbury Red Pride started the 2013 season with a trip to Chelsea to face the Chelsea Pride football team. With the Red Pride winning the coin toss and electing to start on defense to tone was set from the first play, with big hits from linebackers Shane Darrigo, Brandon Winn and Nolan Kavanaugh and strong defensive line play from Justin Rosberg, Christopher Lucas, Jackson Deroche, Zach Frontain, Edwin Ortiz and Kyle Privetera. Not do be outdone the Red pride secondary shut down the Chelsea passing game but also came up with big hits, with contributions from George Matovu, Ben McKay, Steven Wilson, Trevor Nickerson, Cody Sughrue, Alec Hirtle and Masyn Lorick, all players shutting down a very fast Chelsea team. On offense the Varsity group put the run game to good use, grinding out big yards but also putting big yardage gains together, the backfield group of Shane Darrigo, Brandon Winn, Nolan Kavanaugh and Devin Dufresne hit holes provided by a solid offensive line of Justin Rosberg, Christopher Lucas, Jackson Deroche, Zach Frontain, Edwin Ortiz and Kyle Privetera . The QB tandem of Cody Sughrue and Ben McKay proved to be a seamless transition with great game control and a decent air attack with weapons of Trevor Nickerson, Mason Lorick, Alec Hirtle, George Matovu and Steven Wilson. The Red Pride team will be back to work getting ready for their next game continuing to move forward continuing to improve.
Tewksbury "JV" Red Pride 14 - Chelsea Red Pride 12
The Red Pride Junior Varsity took to the field with something to prove against Chelsea following an impressive win by the Varsity squad. The JV started the game with possession of the ball and chewed up the entire clock for the first quarter on the opening drive. The drive was led by quarterback Jay Connolly as he masterfully read the field and motivated all members of the Red Pride offense. Kyle Zervas took most of the carries and the offense road his tremendous effort the entire way down the field. Connolly hit Zervas on a swing pass for a crucial first down on the Chelmsford 15 yard line. Jared Gillis fought for some tough yardage breaking several tackles along the way. The Red Pride were unable to punch it in and Chelsea took over on downs to begin the 2nd quarter. Chelsea's first play from scrimmage was a 95 yard touchdown run. The conversion fell short behind the aggressive tackling of Gillis, Derek Graffeo, and Jake Durant. Tewksbury took over after the kickoff and steamrolled down field behind the quarterback leadership of CJ Zemetres. Danny Mottolo, Jake Garland, and Jared Gillis each had positive runs behind the tight blocking of Zach Weitz, Sam Fortier, Josh Gill and Vincent Hulme. As the Red Pride were inching closer, Connolly assumed the role of quarterback again and threw a beautiful bootleg pass to Josh Sughrue for a 15 yard touchdown reception. On the two point conversion, Connolly again took to the air hitting Tight End, Matthew Georgopolous. The defense took to the field again working hard to control an explosive Chelsea offense. Coming up with huge plays were Connor Nuggent, Alex Sousa and Justin Paglia. Also playing well on defense were Brandon Pote and Brandon Rosa. The defense tried its best but couldn't stop the Chelsea offense who eventually marched down the field and scored. Unable to convert, Tewksbury maintained a two point lead. Going 4 and out on their next possession, Tewksbury needed a strong defensive play to maintain control of the game and finish with a win, they got that play when Josh Sughrue picked off a Chelsea pass around the Tewksbury 25 yard line to seal the win for the Red Pride.