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Westford Jr. Ghosts A Team 31, Chelmsford Lions 0
The Westford A Patriots team solidly beat Chelmsford Lions 31-0 with a strong performance in all facets of the game.
The Jr. Ghosts finished their first drive with a 20-yard touchdown pass to Philip Sutherland. Soon after kicking the ball off to Chelmsford, Westford’s Christian Hall recovered a fumble to start another Jr. Ghosts drive. Quarterback Stephen Tubianosa scored Westford’s second touchdown on a gritty 9-yard run to make the score 12-0.
In the second quarter, Conner Graham, Michael Paulaukas, and Rory Sullivan made outstanding defensive stops to shut down Chelmsford’s running game. A fierce tackle from Josh Ducharme caused a Chelmsford fumble that Westford recovered to set up another scoring drive. Logan Wendt ran for 8 tough yards, and Hall followed with a 30-yard blast. Tubianosa capped the drive with another touchdown to bring the score to 18-0.
In the third quarter, Ryan McKeon and Adam Ohanian delivered key defensive plays to halt Chelmsford’s first drive. On offense, Philip Sutherland added a 45-yard touchdown carry to raise the score to 25-0. Liam Sullivan, Jack Lamy, and Andrew Ha teamed up for exceptional play on the line. Andrew Provencher had critical blocks during the next Westford possession, which enabled unhurried throws to several receivers. Wendt burst through the defense for another scoring run to bring the tally to 31-0. With league restrictions in place, Westford ran down the clock with inside runs by Joshua Sweetland, who made several attempts to break through the Chelmsford defense but could not prevail.
Westford Jr. Ghosts B Team 0, Chelmsford Lions 22
The Jr. Ghosts couldn’t get anything going against the Chelmsford Cougars Sunday at Westford Academy. Sean Brown and Alec Morgan turned in gutsy efforts for the Ghosts. Matt Accabo made a couple of tackles for losses as did Mike Morash. Despite the loss, Westford’s cheerleaders kept the crowd’s spirits high with animated routines throughout most of the game.
The Ghosts will play Saturday night at Methuen.
Westford Jr. Ghosts C Team 12, Chelmsford Lions 14
The Jr. Ghosts almost pulled off a come-from-behind victory on Sunday with a thrilling late-game interception.
Down 6 to 14 in the fourth quarter, Nick Manzi brought the team to within 2 points with a pick-six at the Chelmsford 45.
The Jr. Ghosts’ defense was anchored by outstanding pressure from Cole Stickel, Andrew Bonczek, James Decelles, Elliot Bradley, Jacob Moore, Bode Hester, Joey Bella, Connor Moncreaff and Jared Simas.
Cornerbacks Ryan Walsh, Ben Gomez, Kyle Murray, Cole Barisano, and Jack Gould kept a potent Chelmsford aerial attack at bay for most of the afternoon. Linebackers Michael Witkum and Tadgh Murray owned the middle of the field. Fumble recoveries by Bradley and Stickel kept the Ghosts in the game.
After Manzi’s interception to bring the score close, Ethan Ewing snagged another Chelmsford pass with three minutes remaining to gave the Ghosts one last attempt the take the lead. However, a tough Chelmsford defense kept the Ghosts out of the end zone.
The Westford Jr. Ghosts C team plays next Sunday, October 11th, 2:00pm at Methuen, backed by a full corps of energetic cheerleaders.
Westford D Team 21, Chelmsford 19
The Westford Jr. Ghosts battled for another tough win on Sunday, coming out ahead of previously undefeated Chelmsford.
Game Captains Aiden Murphy, Michael Picanso, Daniel Hickey and Carter Scanlan helped push Westford to a well-deserved win. Luke Reynolds turned the tide for Westford early with an interception in Chelmsford territory for a fast touchdown. Ryan Blagg scored the extra point to put Westford up 7-0 in the first quarter.
Reynolds scored the second touchdown and the extra point behind blocking by Picanso, Connor Gleason, TJ Kane, and Tanner Whitehouse. Bo MacCormack, Matthew Morash and Thomas Galvin delivered long gains to move Westford into Chelmsford territory. Hickey and Peter Burdin forced several turnovers with outstanding defensive efforts.
Early in the second half, another Reynolds-to-Blagg pass setup a Reynolds scoring run for the Jr. Ghosts’ third touchdown. MacCormack ran the ball in for the extra point.
Westford struggled slightly in the fourth quarter but MacCormack re-ignited his team when he chased down a Chelmsford running back to prevent a touchdown. Luke Fremault’s punishing tackles caused Chelmsford to turn the ball back over to Westford. Westford maintained possession with 2 minutes left in the game to hold onto the win.
Westford Jr. Ghosts hope to continue their winning ways in Methuen on October 10th.
Westford Jr. Ghosts E Team vs. Chelmsford Lions
Westford entered the game expecting a dogfight with a Chelmsford squad returning many key players from last year’s team that gave the Jr. Ghosts its toughest challenge of the 2014 season. In the end, Westford tamed the Lions and achieved a convincing win with a combination of slashing runs, well-executed passes, and solid defense.
Tony Babineau, Odin Scott, Teddy Nordhougen, Jack LaFond, Justin Davighi, Micah Carsto, Gavin Dean and Tyler Schutt set the stage with energetic play in the interior line that opened holes for Westford runners – or closed them down when Chelmsford had the ball.
Line blocking was critical to helping produce big gains from Andrew Stodden, Kaden Silton, James McDermott, and Orion Saunders. The Jr. Ghosts’ offense ran over and around the Lions, with the biggest run an 80-yard touchdown scamper by Stodden that left him – and the crowd – breathless.
Some of the smallest Jr. Ghosts turned in the biggest plays of the day: Leo Babineau darted through two bigger Lions to contribute to several tackles; Bruce Davies did his job at cornerback, sealing the outside and preventing big gains on end runs.
Linebacker Mason Bergeron and cornerback Quinn Reynolds plugged one side of the Westford defense, while cornerback Noah Davidopolous and lineman Nate Branco anchored the other.