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Junior Ghosts Celebrate Season’s End in Burlington

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Westford Patriot Team 6 vs Malden 34

Xenia Khusid vs. Everybody in Burlington (credit: Mike Saunders)

Xenia Khusid vs. Everybody in Burlington (credit: Mike Saunders)

The Ghosts started out strong with a defensive stop to start the game.  Colin Slafkosky, Jeff Battle, and Justin Quinton plugged up the middle creating 4th down.  Cam Barisano sent the Mattapan defense to the sideline with a sack. Offensively, Liam Shockley, Quinton, Battle, Nick Lofria and Kyle Sweeney created a running lane up the middle for Tyler Bella who rattled off a 45 yard TD.  The Ghost’s aerial attack was able to move the ball down the field.  Key completions from Barisano to Devansh Apte for 30 yards, Jakob Simas for 12, 27, and 15 yards and Daniel Wilson for 9 yards kept the offense on the field.  On defense, stops by Sweeney, Jon Magee, Mitchel Morris, Chet Herget, Slafkosky and Lofria helped stop Mattapan drives.  A fumble recovery by Shockley and a strip by Simas recovered by Quinton got the Westford offense back on the field.  Ryan Humphrey, Jacob Stanglewicz, and Apte successfully defended against several Mattapan pass attempts. A special thanks to coaches Levon Habosian, Rick Lofria, Ryan Delaney, and Jim Bella for a great season!

Westford B Team 20 vs Manchester-Hookset 24

Westford's Orion Saunders (#80) prepares for the ball. (credit: Mike Saunders)

Westford’s Orion Saunders (#80) prepares for the ball. (credit: Mike Saunders)

The B Team entered their final game on Sunday against Manchester-Hooksett with determination and pride. It was a farewell game for Westford’s 8th graders: Christian Ruggiero, Luke Stocker, Tony Roddy, Kenny Tashjy, Nick Antes, Zack Prendergast, Isaac Mulcahy, Kevin Nephew, Garrett Ackerman, Ryan Canha, and Jake Morash. Jake Gross penetrated through the defensive line for a touchdown in the 1st quarter and Adam O’Hanian followed up with a kick to put the Ghosts on the board. Nick Antes then plowed through the line the M-H line to score a 2nd TD.  It was a solid showing throughout the game with several blocks and tackles made by Connor Targ, Mike Paulauskas, Jack Norris, Roddy, Jason Mendonca, Mulcahy, Canha, Nick Faretra , Morash and Ruggiero. Gross scored TD #3 during the second half of the game. Brent Robinson couldn’t be stopped as he decided to tackle any and all in his way. Stephen Tubianosa showed great speed as he weaved through the line to move up field to gain yardage. In the end, M-H got the upper hand with the final score ending M-H 24 and Ghosts 20. The B Team would also like to thank the C Team cheerleaders for their dedication this season and wish them luck at the Eastern Mass Competition in Lowell this Sunday.

 

Westford C Team 32 vs Cambridge 7

Going for the endzone! (credit: Joe Whitehouse)

Going for the endzone! (credit: Joe Whitehouse)

Sunday marked the close of another successful football season for Westford’s young gridiron stars, and the Jr. Ghost C Team ended with a bang!  Mikey Kennedy began the game taking the opening kickoff 75 yards to the end zone for a touchdown.  Matty Accabo powered his way in for the extra point. The next Ghost possession saw Kennedy again, leading the charge to pay dirt, this time lofting a 20 yard pass to Sean Brown.  Nate Damiani and Devin Crogan got onto the score sheet when Damiani hit Crogan on a 50 yard pass play of their own.  John Clark and Colin Reynolds held tough on defense making several tackles behind the line of scrimmage.  Brian Scannell continued the scoring by adding 2 more touchdowns.  Mike Morash added the point after on the first touchdown.  The defense closed it out as Ben Gomez picked off Cambridge twice and Morash added a pick to finish the game.  See you in August!

 

Westford D Team 24 vs. Dracut 0

Giving out flowers to celebrate the season (credit: Joe Whithouse)

Giving out flowers to celebrate the season (credit: Joe Whithouse)

Westford D team enjoyed home field advantage again this Sunday against Dracut. With playoffs approaching, Westford came ready to dominate on offense and defense under the leadership of captains Elliot Kane, William Stodden, Kyle Murray, Jack Gould and Nick Manzi.

Westford got off to a great start with Kyle Murray scoring a quick six points. Luke Reynolds and Ryan Blagg followed with another scoring play thanks to fierce blocking by offensive line Asher Ryba and Michael Picanso. Picanso was also a force on defense making several key tackles in the first half. Ryan Blagg, Kyle Murray and Ethan Ewing helped Westford progress up the field with several fantastic running plays. QB Luke Fremault threw a strike to Cole Barisano who ran the ball into the end zone for another six points. Blockers Drew Wilson, Jack Ohanian, and Tyler Murray cleared a path for Nate Brown to score Westford’s fourth touchdown. Asher Ryba dominated the second half on defense by stopping Dracut from advancing up the field.

Westford Jr. Ghosts will play Brookline/Jamaica Plain on Monday night in a tie-breaker game to determine their spot in the playoffs.

 

 

Westford E Team vs Burlington

The Westford Jr. Ghosts closed out their regular season with a hard-fought home game against the Burlington Patriots.

For most of the first half, the Patriots seemed to solve the Jr. Ghosts’ explosive running attack, shutting down most of Westford’s outside runs and forcing extended drives. On the other side of the ball, Westford’s defense uncharacteristically yielded big chunks of yardage on tackle-to-tackle inside dives.

After an energizing halftime pep talk from coaches , the Jr. Ghosts shook off the sluggishness in the second half. Westford’s core stable of backs — Tommy Galvin, Matthew Morash, Andrew Stodden, and Bobby MacCormack — broke free on multiple long gains. Charlie Bonenfant, Owen Crann and Kaden Silton also got into the action and punched through the Patriots’ defense for tough yards.

Determined blocking from Peter Burdin, Carter Scanlan, Trey Durham, Ben Schaffer, TJ Kane, Billy Galvin and Chris Fahlman allowed Westford’s runners to dash into the open field.

The defense also responded to the coaches’ call to action by shutting down the Burlington running game. Tanner Whitehouse, Odin Scott, Connor Gleason, Tony Babineau, Aiden Murphy, and Alex Wilson clogged the inside running lanes and contributed solid defensive stops.