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Westford Jr. Ghosts A Patriots team 6, Lawrence Hurricanes 19
The Westford A Patriots team had a tough match against the Lawrence Hurricanes on Sunday. The Grey Ghosts started strong, moving the ball with runs from Logan Wendt, Christian Hall, and Philip Sutherland. Lawrence swung the momentum its way by returning an interception for a touchdown. The Hurricanes ran the ball in for an extra point to put them on the board 0-7.
Adam Ohanian returned the kickoff to start Westford’s second drive. Christian Hall had a great run to the Lawrence 45-yard line, but the drive stalled after that burst. Westford fought hard, but turned the ball over on downs. The Westford defense stepped up with stops by Jack Lamy, Ryan McKeon, and Justin Quinton to keep the score 0-7 at the half.
Connor Graham and Josh Ducharme were defensive standouts, providing solid tackles at key moments. Ducharme stopped a Lawrence runner in the backfield, which resulted in Westford getting the ball back on downs. Stephen Tubianosa had a long run to the Lawrence 39-yard line but the team was unable to convert the gain into points.
On defense, Andrew Provencher made a great tackle but Lawrence scored in the next play to go up 0-13. Later in the half, Stephen Tubianosa passed to Adam Ohanian to put Westford on the board 6-13. With only 49 seconds left in the game, Lawrence scored again to bring the final score to 6-19.
Westford Jr. Ghosts B team 28, Lawrence Hurricanes 20
The Jr. Ghosts came to Lawrence Sunday searching for their first victory of the season and found what they were looking for. After falling behind 7-0, the Ghosts’ offense went to work, pounding their way down the field behind great blocking from Owen Cypret, Will Donohue and Anthony Penta.
Westford got on the board with a perfect touchdown pass from Nathaniel Damiani to Mikey Kennedy. Westford’s defense responded with a strong surge from Matty Acabbo, Devin Crogan, and Robbie Raboin, who helped hold Lawrence at bay and gave the ball back to the offense.
Damiani scored on a QB sneak and Justin Lokere added a two-point conversion kick to put the Ghosts ahead to stay. Connor Targ and Alec Morgan teamed up to take the ball away from the Lawrence offense. Morgan then scored on a punishing touchdown run, with Lokere adding the extra points on a kick. Sean Brown closed out the scoring with a touchdown run of his own. Westford’s B Cheer Team delivered a series of energetic routines that got the crowd involved in the action. The Ghosts are back home Sunday against Chelmsford.
Westford Jr. Ghosts C Team 13, Lawrence Hurricanes 8
The Jr. Ghosts earned a tough victory Sunday against the Lawrence Hurricanes, who frustrated Westford early by keeping the ball for the entire first quarter.
With Lawrence threatening to score, Westford’s defense buckled down with tackles from Bode Hester, Conor Moncreaff, Kyle Murray, and Ryan Walsh to keep Lawrence out of the end zone.
The offense struck quickly with an 80-yard touchdown pass from Ben Gomez to Elliot Bradley. Ethan Ewing pounded in the extra point behind the line of Cole Stickel, Andrew Bonczek, James Decelles, Nick Manzi, and Tadgh Murray. In the second half, the offense of Jared Simas, Stickel, Bonczek, Jacob Moore, T. Murray, Cole Barisano, Jack Gould and Joey Bella drove the ball down the field. Gomez hit Ewing for a 34-yard touchdown strike.
With 3 minutes left in the game, Lawrence threatened to take the lead but Ewing made a touchdown-saving tackle at the 10 to keep Westford alive. On third down, the Lawrence quarterback attempted a pass but was sacked by Bradley who forced a fumble. Decelles recovered the ball allowing the Ghosts to run out the clock.
The Jr. Ghosts’ D Cheer team kept the crowd entertained along the sidelines, and will be cheering the action when the Westford Jr. Ghosts C team plays next Sunday against rivals Chelmsford.
Westford D Team 20 vs. Lawrence 0
After a big win in Reading last weekend, the Westford Jr. Ghosts D Team hoped to continue that momentum against Lawrence — and they did exactly that. The Jr. Ghosts marched onto the field behind Game Captains Henry Babineau, Jason Pillion, Brady Cypret, Connor Gleason and Thurman Hargrove.
From the opening whistle, the Jr. Ghosts played ferocious defense. Michael Picanso and Drew Wilson relentlessly pursued Lawrence runners and forced several turnovers. After one of those turnovers, Ryan Blagg ran 50 yards into the end zone and scored the extra point to put Westford on the scoreboard.
Defenders Jack Herrmann and Cypret contributed critical stops that helped Westford shut down a Lawrence drive, allowing the Jr. Ghosts to get the ball back on downs. QB Luke Reynolds threw a soaring pass to Blagg, who leapt over several Lawrence defenders for the catch. Reynolds ran the ball in for another Westford touchdown, thanks to Bo MacCormack’s stellar blocking.
The crowd was treated to a great half-time show thanks to the Westford F Cheer Team.
Westford continued to dominate in the second half with amazing defense by Aidan Murphy, Tyler Murray, Luke Fremault and Nate Brown. MacCormack was almost super human as he ran down the field shedding tacklers for over 50 yards. Westford’s last scoring play was the result of another Reynolds to Blagg pass before the final whistle.
Westford Jr. Ghosts will work to continue their streak at home against Chelmsford on October 4th.
Westford E Team vs Lawrence Hurricanes E team
The Westford E Team “Mitey Mites” turned in another strong performance last Sunday, topping the Lawrence Hurricanes in the season’s toughest game so far.
Westford started the game by recovering an onside kick and steadily marched downfield with a potent running attack. Kaden Silton, Andrew Stodden and James McDermott delivered key gains on sweeps and gritty inside runs to keep the Hurricanes on their heels.
Stodden scored the game’s first touchdown with a deceptive run that started inside, then erupted into a sprint around the corner to elude several Hurricanes on the way to the end zone. Solid blocking from Odin Scott, Teddy Nordhougen, Tony Babineau and Nathaniel Branco helped clear lanes for Westford’s runners.
Tyler Schutt prowled the defensive line from his position at end, shutting down several Lawrence runs for losses. Mason Bergeron, Micah Carsto, Gavin Dean and Justin Davighi anchored a formidable defense that limited Lawrence’s yardage and scoring opportunities throughout the game.
Quinn Reynolds, Bruce Davies, and Leo Babineau blunted multiple Lawrence drives with smart defensive positioning, turning runners inside where they could be smothered by the meat of the defense.