Tewksbury Youth Football
Week Six Results
Youth Division Recaps (2nd, 3rd, & 4th Grade)
Tewksbury Youth Division Blue 14 – Winnacunnet 12
Tewksbury traveled up to Hampton NH this weekend to take on an undefeated Winnacunnet team in what turned out to be an epic battle where the boy’s from Tewksbury played like warrior poets. Both teams started with a strong defense causing multiple punting situations for both teams. Tewksbury got it going with a balanced offensive attack with tough running by Nick Tracey and Ryan Fleming but on this day Cole Kimtis was the work horse for Tewksbury taking the ball up field making timely cuts and hitting the hole with reckless abandon. Tewksbury success on the ground was made possible running behind the likes of Brady Mchugh, Max Mattuchio, Noah Lehouillier, Cameron Kearney and Alex Dellorusso who controlled the line of scrimmage all day. Their efforts were rewarded when Dan Fleming was able to scamper in for the first score of the game. Winnacunnet struck back on the next series breaking a long run down the sidelines for a score of the own. On the extra point attempt Winnacunnet was turned away with a creative tackle by Dan Fleming stopping the ball carrier at the goal line. Winnacunnet had a second chance due to a Tewksbury penalty. This is when Aaron Connelly and Max Mattuchio were able to block up the hole allowing Even Manuel and Cole Kimtis to assist in a gang tackle. Winnacunnet scored again in second quarter on a broken play but again were turned away on the P.A.T. Tewksbury went into half time trailing 12-6 but came out in the second half ready to play. In the third quarter it was Tewksbury defense who took charge being led by Connelly who was a force in the middle and was complemented due to inspirational play by Kenny Rider and Nick Degloria, Sean Lane, Cole Kimtis and Dan Fleming who were able to shut down a very powerful running attack. Ryan Fleming, Nick Degloria, Cameron Kearney and Alex Dellorusso closed the door on every one of Winnacunnet passing attempts. Jarred Woodman and Nathan Cyr contributed with some well-placed efforts of their own. In the fourth quarter after stopping Winnacunnet on 4 downs Tewksbury took over on their own 30 yard line where they started marching down the field. Kimtis continue to be the linchpin of Tewksbury offense running hard along with some timely running by Ryan Fleming and Sean Lane. Tewksbury had 4 forth down conversions on the final drive converting every one of them that took some 10 minutes off the clock. When it looked like Tewksbury was stopped for the last time 4th and long they pitched the ball to Nick Tracey who took it around the end and with some slippery running caused a slew of potential tacklers to miss gaining 8 yards and a first down to preserve the drive Dan Fleming was able to punch it in later making the score 12-12. On the extra point conversion it was Dan Fleming who took the ball around the end were it turned into a foot race to the pylon where at the last second while being tackled Fleming was able to jettison himself through the air with a outstretch ball in hand barley breaking the plane giving Tewksbury 14-12 lead. Winnacunnet made a valiant effort at the end driving the ball to Tewksbury’s own 35 yard line where Tewksbury was able stop the advance and take over on downs running out the clock taking home exciting and well deserved 14-12 victory. It should also be mentioned that the cheers of the Tewksbury Blue cheerleaders were well needed and appreciated. Tewksbury Blue will take on in town rivals Tewksbury Red at 1:00pm at Livingston St. Field Saturday the 19th.
Junior Division “Varsity” (5th & 6th Grade)
Tewksbury Blue Pride Junior Division Varsity 22 Manchester 16
Coming off a disappointing loss the previous week, Tewksbury Blue Pride faced a must win game against a talented Manchester team. This game was essentially a playoff game with the winner securing a playoff spot and the loser being eliminated. The true character of Tewksbury Blue was evident as they took control of the game from the opening kickoff on its way to a 22-16 victory. On the opening possession, the Blue Pride offense rammed the ball down the throat of the Manchester defense in a dominating, time-consuming drive covering 60 yards and utilizing almost the entire first quarter. Running plays by Nolan Timmons, Tyler Keough, Evan Mantel and Anthony Iannacci behind key blocks by Kyle Scrooc, Lexcia St. Cyr, Pat Letourneau, and Anthony DeSisto moved the ball downfield with Keough scoring on a 3 yard run and adding the conversion for an 8-0 lead. It was then the defense's turn to shine as they turned the ball over on downs in four plays and gave the ball right back to the offense. Tewksbury would end this drive just inches short of the goal line on a fourth down play. But on Manchester's next snap Mike Woodford blew up the play in the end zone for a safety and a 10-0 lead. Tewksbury added another score before halftime as Pat Fleming scampered around right end for a 4 yard score extending the lead to 16-0 at the intermission. Tewksbury's defense came to play as Asa Deroche and Woodford (fumble recovery) absolutely terrorized the Manchester offense all day upfront. Solid contributions were also turned in by Billy Chase, Anthony Diminico, Brodie Tirrell, Jack O'Neill (forced fumble), Matt Houghton, Nicky Iannacci, Jake Kaiser (fumble recovery), Jared Doyle and Jared Bova. Manchester scored to close the gap to 16-8 but Tewksbury was not going to be denied. The teams traded late scores, with Tewksbury's coming on a Keough16 yard run, to make the final score 22-16. The win improves the Blue Pride's record to 4-2 on the season and punches their ticket to the post season.
Tewksbury Red Pride Junior Division 26 Lowell 0
The Tewksbury 5th/6th Grade Red Pride continued their winning ways this past weekend as both the A and B squads bested the visiting teams from Lowell. The final scores totaled 26-0 for the Red Pride A’s and another close match for the B’s at 14-6. The Red faced a physical Lowell offense which had an opening drive that consumed most of the opening period. However with its sole possession of the quarter the Red made up for lost time and scored on their third play from scrimmage when Tommy Bradley connected with Paul Manzi on a pass which Manzi out raced the field for an 80 yard touchdown. After some solid defensive work by the front of Antonio Capella, Michael Rosa, Gavin Thomasset and Anthony Op the Red got another try just before the half and made the most of it. Bradley hit receivers Aidan Doherty for a 10 yard gain then Manzi again for 12 yards more along the way. Setting up a 5 yard touchdown run by Richie Markwarth behind the blocking of Owen Gilligan and Santino Garofalo as the first half expired. The Red picked up right where they left off with the opening drive of the 3rd quarter set up by a 25 yard Markwarth rush, Shane Aylward found the end zone from 10 yards out diving over a key block from his quarterback Bradley. PAT converted on a Bradley to Markwarth pass making the score 20-0. To close the day’s scoring, Aylward again reached pay dirt this time from 46 yards out putting the game out of reach at 26-0. The Red defense was tremendous against a Lowell squad that outsized the Pride. Although they bent they did not break and recorded their second shutout of the season. Behind the edge defenders Garofalo, Will McKay and Matt Rosemond and line backers Robert Kimtas and Aylward the secondary was tremendous totaling 3 interceptions and numerous pass deflections. Doherty collected one and Manzi had two Lowell passes for himself and almost had a third to end the game.
Junior Division “Junior Varsity”
Tewksbury Blue Pride Junior Division Junior Varsity 12 Manchester 0
The Tewksbury Blue Junior Varsity continued their win streak against Manchester on Saturday. They played one of their best games of the season taking the opening kickoff and controlling the ball for the entire 1st quarter. Hunter DeLonais then scored on a sweep play on the 1st play of the 2nd quarter. The offensive line controlled the Manchester defense all day with exceptional key blocking from center Mike Duggan, Matt Brennan, Owen Hernandez, Ryan Keane, and Garrett Kingston. QB Sean Phaneuf had an awesome day on the ground and more importantly in the air. Hunter DeLonais caught four passes and scored the only 1st half touchdown. Mike Kelly caught a big pass for 36 yards which lead to Jared Doyle’s first touchdown of the season. Mike Kelly, Hunter DeLonais, Jared Doyle, Richie Lavargna, Connor Charron and Sean Phaneuf all racked up yards on the day controlling the tempo of the game and the clock. The true teamwork showed in the defense as Blue Pride had their second shutout in two weeks. Big plays came from Drew Timmons, Sean Kaiser, Rory Power, Danny Lightfoot, Jared Bova, Connor Charron, and Sean Oliveira. Aggressive line play came from Richie Lavargna, Owen Hernandez, and Mike Kelly. Rory Power saved a touchdown when he raced down a Manchester running back to stop him short of the end zone. The team is now 5-1 on the season.
Tewksbury Red Pride Junior Division Junior Varsity 14 Lowell 6
The Red Pride developmental B squad won it’s second in a row and looked impressive in their effort over the Lowell B’s. The Red Pride took little time to strike, similar to their A team counterparts, after 20 yard plus runs by both Kyle Darrigo and Ethan Exilhomme, Sean Fahey took a counter the last 20 yards for his first touchdown of the season. Darrigo rushed for the converted extra point. Darrigo was a workhorse on the afternoon collecting chucks of yards at a time. Just prior to the halftime whistle he ripped off a 15 yard scamper making the score 14-6 which held for the final. Another play of note was when Mark Bradley connected with Colin Bozak who made a circus catch for a key fourth down conversion late in the game keeping the opponents offense off the field stifling any comeback attempts. Defense was stout with a core defensive line play by Colin Bozek, Aidan Leffler and Colin Fullerton blasting through the offensive line and being very disruptive in the Lowell backfield. Linebackers Cam Cimmino, Kyle McHugh (1 INT) and Darrigo (1 INT) were swarming the ball carriers and collected two interceptions along with their numerous tackles. Justin Flynn, Mark Bradley and Exilhomme roamed the secondary who helped shut down any Lowell passing attempts. Adding to the defense efforts this afternoon was Dylan Dufresne, Kyle Breen and Joe Delucia.
Varsity Division (7th & 8th Grade)
Tewksbury Red Pride 8 – Andover Warriors 20
The Red Pride took home their first loss of the season Sunday afternoon losing to a very talented Andover Warrior squad. The Red Pride came out on defense and was able to shut down the Warrior offense. Following one successful attempt at gaining a first down, Andover was forced to punt and set Tewksbury back deep into their territory. Tewksbury went three and out and they too were forced to punt. The Warriors were able to drive down the field and punch in a touchdown behind a very effective running game. Their conversion was successful and it put Andover up 8-0 for the only score of the first half. The first half saw some great offensive play when Josh Sughrue hit Derek Graffeo for for a pass completion of 20 yards. The Red Pride saw some great running on the ground by Danny Mottolo, Kyle Zervas, Jared Gillis and Franny Pino. Setting up the gorund game was the effort of offensive lineman Justin Paglia, Derek Schumaker, Vincent Hulme, Josh Gill, Cole Wescott, Tanner Lentz, David Aznavorian and Nick Olivera. Coming out in the second half the Red Pride were unable to get anything going offensively and were once again forced to punt. Andover took advantage of the Red Pride's inability to stop the run although great efforts were made by Sam Fortier and CJ Zemetres to contain the ends all day. The Red Pride were able to shut down the passing game of Andover behind the great defensive back play of Brandon Rosa, Derek Graffeo, Brandon Pote, Kyle Zervas, and Johnathan Raschella. Working hard on the line and at linebacker were Jared Gillis, Derek Schumaker, Jay Connolly, Danny Mottolo, and Matt Allen. Andover was able to score on their next two possessions to make their funal total for the day 20 points. On Andover's second to last possession of the game, the Red Pride in a desperate attempt to salvage anything sent the house on a blitz and Jay Connolly was wable to recover a fumble in the Andover backfield and return it 25 yards for a touchdown. Connolly hit Josh Sughrue on the two point conversion to make the score 20-8 which capped the scoring for both teams for the day. Tewksbury looks to rebound next week as they travel to the City of Lowell for their final away road game of the season.