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Westford Jr. Ghosts A Team 0, Methuen Rangers 29
The Westford A Patriot team couldn’t keep their winning streak alive, losing to the Methuen Rangers 29-0. Methuen had a quick start that scrambled the Jr. Ghosts’ plans, racking up 23 unanswered points in the first half.
Despite the early deficit, Westford fought back hard. Christian Hall had an excellent kickoff return and Logan Wendt ran for multiple first downs. Stephen Tubianosa was also able to string back-to-back 5-yard runs for another first down.
After turning over the ball on downs, Westford stopped Methuen with great defense from Josh Ducharme, Ryan McKeon and Justin Quinton. On their next possession, Westford had a 40-yard run from Hall. The ball advanced to the 7-yard line, but Westford was unable to get it the rest of the way.
During the second half, Adam Ohanian, Andrew Morel, and Jack Lamy held Methuen during their first drive. Hall and Liam Sullivan recovered a Methuen fumble to give Westford another chance to score. Tubianosa advanced the ball 20 yards followed by great run by Wendt. A Westford turnover allowed Methuen to score again. On Westford’s last drive, Connor Graham had a great reception but the game ended before the Jr. Ghosts could put points on the board.
Westford Jr. Ghosts B Team 22, Methuen B Team 0
The Westford Jr. Ghosts visited the Methuen Rangers Saturday night and came away with a 22 -0 shutout win.
Nathaniel Damiani hit Micah McQuaide in the end zone with a perfectly placed pass to open the scoring. Ben Borselli led the way for the Jr. Ghosts on defense and helped get the ball back to the offense. Mikey Kennedy wasted little time, as he outraced the entire Methuen defense into the end zone for a touchdown. Justin Lokere added the 2-point conversion kick and the Ghosts were on their way to a decisive lead.
Steven Donovan recovered a fumble and both Kennedy and McQuaide had interceptions to keep the Rangers off of the scoreboard. Westford closed out the scoring for the night when Alec Morgan tossed a touchdown pass to Devin Crogan. Lokere added the extra points. Matt Acabbo and Robbie Raboin helped the defense shut the door on Methuen to preserve the shutout. This was a great team win for Westford, who were spurred to victory by lively routines from the Jr. Ghosts cheerleaders. Westford will travel to Acton Boxboro on Sunday.
Westford Jr. Ghosts C Team 0, Methuen Rangers 24
Westford’s C Team couldn’t generate much offence in the game but rallied defensively as the game wore on. After a tough first half that saw the Rangers rack up 24 points, the Jr. Ghosts shut out Methuen in the second half.
Elliot Bradley turned in a fumble recovery, while Cole Barisano and Ethan Ewing added touchdown saving tackles. Bradley, Bode Hester and Michael Witkum sliced through the line to tally key sacks.
Cole Stickel, Jared Simas, Jacob Moore, Joey Bella and James Decelles made solid tackles at key times. Pass completions by Ryan Walsh and Ben Gomez to Jack Gould, Hester, Ewing, and Bradley topped the list of Westford offensive highlights. Despite the disappointing outcome of the game, the crowd’s spirits were kept high by the energetic show from the Jr. Ghosts cheer squad.
The Westford Jr. Ghosts C team plays next Sunday, October 18th, 11:00 pm at Acton Boxboro.
Westford Jr. Ghosts D Team, 32, Methuen Rangers 0
Westford’s D Team improved to 4-1 on the season with a 32-0 win against Methuen on Sunday.
Bobby MacCormack led the offense to its first score with a long run behind key blocks by Tanner Whitehouse, Aiden Murphy and Tommy Galvin. The Jr. Ghosts followed up the touchdown with stout defensive line play by Henry Babineau, Drew Wilson, Michael Picanso, and Luke Fremault.
The defense forced Methuen to turn the ball over on downs, giving the offense the ball with good field position. Ryan Blagg sprinted off tackle for a 70-yard touchdown to increase the lead, a run set up by great seal blocks by Jason Pillion, Tyler Murray and Daniel Hickey.
Westford’s defense forced Methuen to punt, which was returned for a 60-yard touchdown by Luke Reynolds. Matt Morash punched in another touchdown in as Westford’s defense dominated all day with great tacking from Thurman Hargrove, Jack Herrmann and Christopher Fahlman.
Westford Jr. Ghosts E Team vs. Methuen Rangers E Team
The Westford Jr. Ghosts Mitey Mites used a suffocating defense to shut down the Methuen Rangers E team, a deep, well-coached squad that was held to a single touchdown.
The Rangers looked strong defensively on the opening drive, forcing Westford into several long-yardage downs that were a struggle to overcome. With just five Jr. Ghosts available for substitutes, and facing a team of more than 30, Westford needed big performances at every position.
After the rough start, the Jr. Ghosts rallied behind exceptional line play from Micah Carsto, Jack LaFond, Teddy Nordhougen, Gavin Dean, Nate Branco and Tony Babineau. Westford’s defense was led by game-changing efforts in the trenches by Odin Scott, Justin Davighi, and Tyler Schutt, each of whom turned in their best game of the season so far. Bruce Davies, Noah Davidopolous, and Leo Babineau anchored the corners to help contain runs and limit the Rangers to one touchdown.
Quinn Reynolds was solid at quarterback, keeping multiple drives alive with crucial gains when needed. James McDermott streaked around the end for several long runs of more than 15 yards each. Andrew Stodden scored three touchdowns on long weaving runs, while Orion Saunders punched through the middle for two scores. Davighi was 4 for 5 on extra point kicks.
Westford’s high-energy cheerleaders entertained the audience at the half and throughout the game, and will be in action next Sunday when the Mighty Mites hope to extend their undefeated season against Acton-Boxboro.