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The Westford Jr. Ghosts D Team, league champions of Eastern Massachusetts Pop Warner, kept its undefeated record intact with a 28-0 thrashing of the North Middlesex Cowboys.
The decisive victory against the Central Massachusetts league champs secured Westford a berth in Friday’s Pop Warner New England Regional Championship game against Foxboro D2.
Westford, which beat North Middlesex 31-7 in the September 10 season opener, pulled ahead early with Andrew Stodden’s 59-yard touchdown run on the second play from scrimmage. From that point onward, the Jr. Ghosts set the tone of the game with a potent running attack behing the blocking of Dominic Scaffardi, Odin Scott, Faith Williams, Quinn Reynolds, Tyler Schutt, Carter Scanlan, Charlie Bonenfant, and Jack Herrmann.
Westford’s dominant line play ensured long gains from the Jr. Ghosts’ deep stable of runners: Stodden, Bobby MacCormack, Kaden Silton, James McDermott, Matt Morash and Tommy Galvin.
A stingy defense has been Westford’s hallmark throughout the season, but the Jr. Ghosts thoroughly corralled the Cowboys’ running game and forced multiple desperate fourth-down plays. Interior lineman Tony Babineau had his best game of the season, plugging gaps and slicing through the line to stop plays for losses.
Mason Bergeron, Thurman Hargrove, Tanner Whitehouse, Alex Wilson and Ben Schaffer anchored a defense that didn’t allow the Cowboys closer than 20 yards from the end zone.
Westford meets Foxboro D2, champions of Hockomock Pop Warner, at Commerce Bank Field at Foley Stadium in Worcester. Kickoff is scheduled for 2:15 pm.