Tewksbury came out firing early and never looked back as they dominated the Lawrence Lancers en route to a 35-6 win.
Tewksbury senior quarterback Sean Connolly led a balanced offensive attack with two touchdowns. The first came on a 17-yard pass to senior wide receiver Ryan Vibber. Connolly's second was a 6-yard quarterback draw as the clock expired before the half.
Tewksbury started the day with a 13-yard touchdown run by senior halfback Anthony Arcari. Sean McCarthy added the extra point making it 7-0. Arcari's run occurred at 2:29 left in the first quarter. That score was quickly followed up by the Connolly to Vibber strike. The kick failed and the score was 13-0 at the end of the first quarter.
After another Redmen stop on defense Arcari scored on a three yard touchdown run. Tewksbury would add a 2-point conversion making the score 21-0.
The Tewksbury defense shut down Lawrence's wide open spread attack all day as Lawrence quarterback Nate Baez could not find much room to operate. Connolly was marching the Redmen down the field on another second quarter drive when Lawrence cornerback Ony Ramos intercepted his pass five yards deep in the end zone and returned it 105 yards for the lone Lancer score. Lawrence's point after attempt failed making the score 28-6 where it stood at the half.
The second half was a conservative ball control running attack for Tewksbury as they chewed up clock on the ground with their attack of Connolly, Arcari, junior Chris Bettano (133 total yards rushing and receiving) and senior fullback David Gallotto. Galloto scored the lo9ne second half touchdown on a 15 yard run with 4:14 left in the fourth.
Connolly experienced a leg injury that kept him out a few plays in the fourth quarter but returned to lead the final scoring drive. Junior backup quarterback Kevin Saunders came in for Connolly and moved the chains for a key first down to keep the clock moving.
"We got contributions from everybody." Head Coach Brian Aylward stressed. "Bettano really ran his tail off. Anthony Arcari is not just a speed guy. He is tough as nails and a load to take down. I was happy to get David Gallotto a couple carries and Sean ran tough when we needed him to."
As impressive as the offense performed it was the defense that did not let up a point and is playing at very high level.
"I thought that the defense played great. They were disciplined. Derek Tarpey had a huge game for us at defensive end. Dan Sugrue, Jerry Ettiene, Sean McCarthy and Ryan Eatherton all did a great job up front. All of the guys up front really made the difference for us today."
Tewksbury travels to Andover next Friday to play their second Merrimack Valley conference game. Andover is 1-1 and has one of the area's top players in tight end Brian Miller. Miller is headed to Boston College in the fall on a football scholarship and is widely recognized as one of the top tight ends in the country.
"The beauty of this league is that there is a big challenge every week." Aylward said. "So if you have a problem getting up for a game there are other places to go. Anybody can beat anybody."