(courtesy: Thomas Kane)

Westford Pop Warner Puts In A Good Effort Against Dracut

Westford Patriot Team 8 vs. Dracut 31

The Jr. Ghosts lost a difficult game against Dracut Sunday. The Westford defense started the game forcing Dracut to work hard to earn each yard.  Kyle Sweeney and Justin Quinton combined for a key tackle to put Dracut on their heels. Tyler Bella and Collin Slafkosky repeatedly harassed the Dracut quarterback forcing him to make hurried throws.  Chet Herget, Dan Wilson, Jeff Battle, and Jon Magee each made multiple tackles.  Bella intercepted a PAT to save 2 points.

(courtesy: Thomas Kane)

(courtesy: Thomas Kane)

Offensively, Bella had several good runs for first downs.  Quinton, Jakob Simas, Liam Shockly, Nick Lofria, Sweeney, Tommy Cullen, and Devansh Apte all contributed key blocks throughout the game.  Cameron Barisano connected on several passes with Wilson and Tommy Olmstead.

Late in the third quarter, Bella sacked the Dracut quarterback for a 10-yard loss.  After Westford gave up a hard fought touchdown, Simas blocked the PAT to save 2 points.

The lone Westford points of the day came on long throw from Barisano to Olmstead for a 75-yard touchdown.  Simas put 2 more points on the board on the kicked the PAT. The Westford cheerleaders kept spirits high to the end.

 

Westford B Team 12 vs Dracut 16

The Junior Ghost B team showed up prepared for battle against Dracut on Sunday. The Westford line surged forward with Nick Faretra leading the charge. Nick Antes had a massive 20 yard run. Jack Norris dominated by pushing the ball closer to the end zone as Isaac Mulcahy added tremendous blocks.

Jake Morash scored Westford’s first touchdown early in the second quarter. Brent Robinson couldn’t be stopped when he caught a kick return and plowed forward for some tough yards. Kevin Nephew displayed his strong tackling skills all over the field while Connor Targ, Mike Paulauskas and Luke Stocker battled in the trenches. The action continued into the second half when Gavin Spadano came out of nowhere and jumped on a Dracut fumble to gain possession. Garrett Ackerman couldn’t be stopped as he blasted through the Middie line. The 3rd quarter ended with a leaping Kenny Tashjy wrestling the ball into his possession and steaming into the end zone. The Jr. Ghosts kept the pressure on Dracut throughout the entire game, but Dracut walked away with a 16-12 win.

 

(courtesy: Thomas Kane)

(courtesy: Thomas Kane)

Westford C Team 0 vs Dracut 26

Despite the final outcome, Westford made some big plays on defense.  Alec Morgan recovered a fumble caused by Mike Morash.  Both Devin Crogan and Sean Brown had interceptions.  Brown’s pick was followed by a long return that gave the Ghosts their best field position of the day.  Westford will try to get back on track Sunday against Lawrence at Westford Academy.

 

 

Westford D Team 0 vs. Dracut 27

After a tough first half, the Westford D-Team, led by captains Cole Stickel, Joey Bella, Cole Barisano and Nick Manzi rallied in the second half.

Dracut maintained possession most of the first half to score 4 touchdowns but were denied an extra point attempt by Westford defenders Bella, Stickel, Jack Ohanian, Asher Ryba and Jack Gould. Open field tackles were also made by Conner Moncreaf, Ryan Walsh and Ethan Ewing. Offensive bright spots Luke Reynolds, Ryan Blagg and Ewing, who were able to penetrate the Dracut defense to gain some yards in the first half. Half time entertainment was provided by the adorable Westford Jr. Ghost Cheerleaders.

The Junior Ghost defense came alive in the second half. Jason Pillion led the Westford defense with several outstanding tackles, two sacks and with the help of Moncreaf, forced a turnover on downs in Westford territory. Defensive blocking by Kyle Murray, Drew Wilson, and Blagg helped prevent Dracut from scoring in the second half. Offensively, Kyle Murray and Elliot Bradley carried the ball well for Westford. The Westford D-Team looks to shake off this loss next Sunday. They have home field advantage against Lawrence at 9:30 a.m.

 

Westford E Team vs Dracut

The Westford Mitey Mites steamed past the Dracut Middies in a balanced effort that saw Westford’s powerful ground game matched by its smothering defense.

 

Westford’s offensive production was driven by a well-executed running attack that included contributions from Bobby MacCormack, Tommy Galvin, Andrew Stodden, and Quinn Reynolds.

 

On Westford’s first play from scrimmage, MacCormack streaked 55 yards to the end zone on a run that set the tone for the game. Throughout the gray, drizzly morning, Westford’s offensive blocking – led by Trey Dunham, TJ Kane, Peter Burdin, Tony Babineau, and Tanner Whitehouse – effectively cleared running lanes for the team’s backs to blast through.

 

Intermittent rain slickened the ball and helped cause several fumbles for both teams. Westford found itself with a third down and 35, which MacCormack converted into a first down on sideline gallop that went nearly 40 yards.

 

Westford’s defense consistently shut down the Middies’ attempts to move the ball, aided by strong efforts from Connor Gleason, Ben Schaffer, Jack Hermann, Mason Bergeron, Odin Scott, and Orion Saunders. Unable to gain much on the ground, the Middies were forced into desperate passing situations, resulting in two interceptions by Matthew Morash – one of which he ran back for a touchdown.

 

Despite the dreary conditions, the Jr. Ghosts Cheerleaders managed to rouse the crowd and raise spirits throughout the game.