Tewksbury Youth Football
Week Four Results
Youth Division Recaps (2nd, 3rd, & 4th Grade)
Tewksbury Youth Division Blue 22 – Timberlane White 22
The Youth Division Tewksbury Blue team took the home field vs. Timberlane White on Saturday. The theme that was coached at practice all week was “Progress, not perfection”. The players responded with continued improvement and consistency. The offense got going early with QB Dan Fleming running 21 yards for the game’s first score. The 2 point conversion was added. The defense closed down Timberlane’s running attack with Middle Linebacker Maximus Mattuchio leading the way with 11 tackles and a fumble recovery on the afternoon. In the second quarter, QB Fleming again broke loose running for an 80 yard TD and added his second 2 point conversion. Defensive Tackles Aaron Connelly and Brady McHugh continued to stop the inside runs with consecutive tackles for losses. Cornerback Nick Tracy made a nice touchdown saving tackle as halftime expired to preserve the first half shutout. The second half started as the first one with QB Fleming running 24yards for the score. Defensive end Sean Lane closed down on the runner for a tackle resulting in a 6 yard loss. Linebacker Cole Kimtis, solid all afternoon, contributed another tackle for loss and Cornerback Ryan Fleming make 2 solo tackles which prevented sure TD’s. Safety Nick Digloria also pitched in with 2 TD saving solo tackles. RB Kimtis and Kenny Ryder added solid runs up the middle and getting the tough yards necessary to keep the drives going. A special note for Ryan Benchater who played 5 different positions and filled in nicely with his positive contributions at each position he played!
Junior Division “Varsity” (5th & 6th Grade)
Tewksbury Red Pride Junior Division Varsity 20 Winnacunnet Warriors Varsity 8
The Tewksbury 5th/6th Red Pride faced the always strong Winnacunnet Warriors in a battle of unbeaten’ s on a prefect fall morning for football. The Red Pride A squad answered the call with an impressive 20-8 victory while the B squad fell 28-22 in there most impressive outing of the season. The A game lived up to its billing with both teams battling back and forth at midfield for the entire first half. With the clock running out to halftime Aiden Doherty electrified the crowd when he took a screen pass from Thomas Bradley 80 yards for the first points of the contest. A play that without the tremendous blocking efforts from the receiving corps and particularly that of Owen Gilligan would have lost yards. Shane Alyward plunged in to the end zone for the two point conversion. In the second half the Red reached the goal line once more, this time on the ground. Again it was Doherty who took a handoff wide and followed the blocks of Richie Markwarth, Ryan Briley, and yet another outstanding open field block by Gilligan for 50 yards to the end zone. The visiting 3-0 Warriors from Winnacunnet did not lay down and battled hard against the constantly improving Red Pride Defense. They answered back with a score of their own in the 3rd quarter making the contest 14-8 heading into the fourth. The defense saw impressive efforts by Matt Rosemond, Gauge Dobson, Santino Garafalo and Aiden Doherty who added an interception to his impressive day. However the Red defense was led by Linebacker Shane Alyward, who had numerous tackles on the afternoon, would not break and added some points of their own. After a failed Red Pride 4th down attempt deep in the Winnacunnet zone the Warriors took over and dropped back for a pass and while under the pressure of the Red defense threw the ball right into the hands of Alyward for a pick six.
Tewksbury Blue Pride Junior Division 22 Chelsea 6
The Tewksbury Blue Pride extended their winning streak to 3 games with a solid 22-6 road triumph at Chelsea. The Blue Pride came out flying taking the opening possession and marching right down the field. It was Anthony Iannacci capping the drive with an 8 yd TD run with Tyler Keough adding the conversion. The lead was quickly extended to 16-0 with the running backs reversing roles as Keough would score and Iannacci added the conversion. Chelsea added a TD late in the first half to cut the Tewksbury lead to 16-6 at the break. The Blue Pride looked to get the momentum back in the second half and they were helped by Matt Houghton's second fumble recovery of the day. The offense was not able to finish off their second half drives but the defense was able to keep Chelsea off the board. The defense took it to the next level on a Chelsea punt when Asa Deroche muscled through the line and partially blocked the kick. The ball still had enough momentum to make it down field and somehow managed to find its way into punt returner Nolan Timmons' hands. Timmons nearly broke a return earlier in the day getting tackled on the 10 yard line, but this time he would not be denied as he took it the distance for a 45 yard TD. Tewksbury was overmatched in the size department in this game but that did not stop them from dominating the line of scrimmage. Kyle Scrooc, Mike Woodford, Anthony DeSisto, Lexcia St. Cyr, Ryan Keane, Billy Chase and Pat Letourneau really stepped up their efforts. Defensively, this was another solid team effort with contributions coming from Brodie Tirrell, Jack O'Neill, Garrett Kingston, Pat Fleming, Anthony Diminico, Nicky Iannacci, Jared Doyle, Evan Mantel and Jared Bova. Jake Kaiser made the trip down to cheer his teammates on as we all anxiously await his return to action. Chelsea does not have a JV team so all of the 6th grade grade JV players were invited to dress for the Varsity game. These kids have worked very hard all year and have all developed into fine football players. They were thrown into this game at various positions and they all responded with solid efforts and contributed to the victory. Special Kudos go out to Matt Brennan, Connor Charron, Jake Forgione, Sean Oliveira, Sean Phaneuf and Tyler Raschella. The Blue Pride will get right back at it this week in preparation for next week's battle with a very strong Lowell team. This will be a tough challenge with playoff implications.
Junior Division “Junior Varsity”
Tewksbury Red Pride Junior Division Junior Varsity 22 Winnacunnet Warriors 28
The Red Pride B squad found success on the morning against a solid Winnacunnet B squad finding the end zone several times but fell short of a victory in the contest. Will McKay scored all the points on the day (3 TD’s and 2 PAT) the reward for the numerous hard earned yards he piled up in between. He was not alone in his efforts as standout offensive linemen Cameron Cimmino and Benjamin Svendsen were consistently opening holes for McKay and his running mate Kyle Darrigo. Darrigo rushed and received for several yards which helped set up the scores by the Red Pride B squad. Defense had strong efforts handed in by Mark Bradley, Dylan Dufresne, and Brady Renn. Also swarming to the ball was Sean Fahey and Kyle McHugh. Kyle Breen provided the leg for the kicking game which lead to the Warriors starting their efforts in in their own zone after his kick offs.
Varsity Division (7th & 8th Grade)
Tewksbury Red Pride Varsity Division Junior Varsity 22 – Souhegan Valley Sabers 14
Souhegan NH came to Tewksbury in the Red Pride 1st home game of the year. With the Red Pride receiving the kick off the offense got right to work with the ground game, with the QB tandem of Cody Sughrue and Ben McKay still clicking and the ever improving backfield of Will Matovu, Nolan Kavanaugh, Shane Darrigo and Brandon Winn the offense moved the ball down field with great clock control. The gritty offensive line with the two bookends of Justin Roseburg and Chris Lucas along with Aaron Keenen, Jackson Deroche, Zachery Frontain and Edwin Ortiz keep providing great holes for the powerful Red Pride ground game. Once again not to be out done the very stingy Red Pride defense kept the opponent at bay, the Red Pride defense did bent but would not break. With the defense continuing to improve each week, Jake Durant, Trevor Nickerson, Masyn Lorick, Alec Hirtle, Devin Dufresne, Steven Wilson, Kyle Privetera continue to move forward.
Tewksbury Red Pride JV 14 - Souhegan Valley Sabers 0
The Red Pride took the field in their home opener ready for a tough battle against a well-coached and multi-talented Souhegan squad. The entire first half was a true defensive battle as both teams were unable to put anything on the board. The offense got going early in the first quarter with some great runs by Kyle Zervas and Jared Gillis who powered for multiple runs of positive yards. Danny Mottolo had an excellent day on the ground, punishing every tackler who tried to bring him down. These plays were possible by the outstanding blocking up front of Justin Paglia, Derek Schumaker, Zach Weitz, Dave Azavorian, Josh Gill and Matt Georgeopolous. Leading the charge on defense was the great defensive play of Connor Nugent, Danny Mottolo and Jay Connolly. Also playing strong up front on defense were Sam Fortier, Cole Wescott, Brandon Pote and Brandon Rosa reliable and outstanding in their coverage all day long. Matt Allan, Mick Oliveira, John Raschella, Jack Kelly, and CJ Zemetres (fumble recovery) were all a force to be reckoned with on defensive side of the ball and helped keep the Sabers off the scoreboard. The Red Pride led off the second half with some impressive offensive play. Quarterback Jay Connolly hit Franny Pino who dragged his feet in bounds before falling out for an impressive 24 yard gain and a much needed first down. Jared Gillis ran hard for an impressive first down as well as Danny Mottolo who rallied of an impressive 20 yard gain. The Offense eventually stalled and the defense needed to answer the call which they did to stop the motivated Souhegan offense. Facing a third and long, the Red Pride reached into their bag of tricks and placed CJ Zemetres at quarterback and Connolly and half back. The Red Pride executed a half back option pass where Connolly hit Derek Graffeo for a 40 yard reception and Tewksbury felt their momentum shift into their favor. Connolly then hit Graffeo for another 15 yards in which Graffeo's outstretched arms landed just shy of the end zone. Danny Mottolo rushed in the eventual touchdown and Graffeo caught a pass in the end zone for the two point conversion. As the fourth quarter began to tick away, Souhegan was searching for a much needed big play. Souhegan took to the air in desperation and Franny Pino intercepted the ball and returned it 25 yards. Pino took to the ground on offense and found the end zone following a 6 yard run. Following one more defensive stop by the Red Pride, they took a knee to kill the remainder of the clock and improve to 4-0 on the season.