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Westford Grey Ghosts A Team 0, Reading Rockets 29
The Westford Jr. Ghosts A Team lost a tough match against the Reading Rockets. The Rockets took the lead early in the first quarter showing a strong offensive presence. With less than five minutes to the quarter, Ryan McKeon and Adam Ohanian recovered a Reading fumble. With two minutes in the quarter, Logan Wendt ran for 12 hard-fought yards, dragging four Reading players with him. The half ended with Reading bringing the score to 15-0.
Stephen Tubianosa started the second half with a 30-yard kickoff return. Logan Wendt followed with a great 25-yard run, with blocks at the line from Michael Paulauskas and Liam Sullivan. The Westford defense had great stops from Daniel Osgood, Connor Graham, and Justin Quinton. Rory Sullivan and Stephen Tubianosa teamed up for a stop before the half, which ended with a score of 22-0. During the second half, Westford had several great defensive plays from Jack Lamy, Joshua Sweetland and Josh Ducharme. In a rugby-like scrum, the Rockets scored their final touchdown to bring the score to 29-0.
Westford B Team 6, Reading 28
The Westford Jr. Ghosts traveled to Reading to face the Rockets, but Reading’s size and speed proved too much to handle as the Ghosts fell 28-6. It was all Reading in the early going with Westford’s Mikey Kennedy, Owen Cypret and Matt Acabbo making solid plays on defense to try to keep it close. In the second half, the Ghosts’ offense began to pick up speed as Alec Morgan found the end zone behind strong blocking from Craig Palmer and Ryan Battle. The Ghosts head out to Lawrence next Sunday.
Westford Jr. Ghosts C Team 0, Reading 27
It was a tough day for the Westford C team but Westford’s athletes turned in several great plays. Bode Hester had a pair of tough runs for four and 14 yards. Hester also reeled in a 50-yard reception on a throw from quarterback Ryan Walsh. Elliot Bradley had receptions of 10 and 25 yards. Walsh scrambled for five, seven and 10 yard gains. Conor Moncreaff had a five-yard run. Ethan Ewing pounded the ball up the middle all day and added several big kickoff returns of over 30 yards. Tadgh Murray had in interception. The Westford Jr. Ghosts C team plays next Sunday, September 27th in Lawrence at 11:00am.
Westford D Team 33, Reading 13
The Westford Jr. Ghost D Team traveled to Reading and dominated all four quarters on offense, defense and special teams. Captains Bo MacCormack, Thomas Galvin, Peter Burdin and Matthew Morash called to receive the ball for the opening drive. At quarterback, MacCormack led his offense down the field, thanks to blocking by Carter Scanlan, Jack Nordhougen, Christopher Fahlman and Tanner Whitehouse. Xenia Khusid’s blocking helped pave the way for Jason Pillion’s touchdown, which was the first score of the game.
Daniel Hickey and Luke Fremault made key tackles in the first half to cause several turnovers. Westford’s second touchdown resulted from a 50-yard pass play by Luke Reynolds to Ryan Blagg. The Jr. Ghosts quickly scored again on a series of long runs by Reynolds, Fremault and a short pass to Blagg. MacCormack scored the extra point to bring the Ghosts to a 20-0 lead at the end of the first half.
In the second half, effective blocking by offensive linemen Burdin, Galvin and Ben Schaffer allowed MacCormack to run 65 yards for a touchdown and Morash to score the extra point. MacCormack scored the fourth touchdown for Westford in the fourth quarter. Special mention goes out to Thurman Hargrove who dominated on special teams with some aggressive tackling on kick returns.
Westford Jr. Ghosts travel to Lawrence next Sunday.
Westford E Team vs. Reading Rockets
The Westford Jr. Ghosts E Team, also known as the Mighty Mites, continued its winning ways against the Reading Rockets, combining aggressive defense with a freewheeling offensive attack.
The game’s tone was set on the Rockets’ first drive, which the Jr. Ghosts stuffed decisively and forced the Rockets to turn the ball over on downs. Quinn Reynolds and Mason Bergeron were stalwarts on defense throughout the game, stopping several Rockets’ drives with key solo tackles. Micah Carsto, Odin Scott, Justin Davighi and Tyler Schutt anchored a tough defensive line that plugged the middle of the field to force the Rockets to run wide or pass.
On offense, the Jr. Ghosts repeatedly marched down the field with slashing runs from Kaden Silton, Andrew Stodden, Orion Saunders, and James McDermott. Silton and Stodden uncorked long gains on exciting scampers around the corners, while Saunders burst up the middle for several long runs to daylight.
Teddy Nordhougen, Jack Lafond, Nathaniel Branco, and Tony Babineau contributed solid blocking on the offensive line, creating holes for backs to blast through.
The Westford Jr. Ghosts E team plays next Sunday, September 27th in Lawrence at 8:00 am