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Westford C Team 30 vs. Burlington 6
Captains for the day were Jason Pillion, Michael Faia, Oliver McDonald, Tyler Murray, Sam Brewster and CJ Schuester, who led the Jr. Ghost C Team to conclude their season undefeated.
Burlington received on the coin toss but the Westford defense forced a quick turnover thanks to defensive standouts Drew Wilson, Conor Moncreaff and Henry Babineau.
Westford’s first offensive series started with a pass from Luke Reynolds to Ethan Ewing who ran 42 yards into the end zone thanks to blocking by Ryan Blagg and Joshua Keith. Peter Burdin made the first of many extra point kicks.
Westford dominated the rest of the first half on both sides of the field. Defensive highlights included amazing tackles by Murray, Joey Bella, Aiden Murphy, Daniel Hickey and Jason Pillion, along with an astounding sack by Babineau.
Scoring plays included a completed pass by Reynolds to Joshua Keith, who ran 58 yards into the end zone, and a 45-yard Reynolds scramble into the end zone. A Reynolds handoff to Ewing, who coasted down the field more than 65 yards, ended in another Jr. Ghosts touchdown. Extra points by Burdin brought the score to 30-0 at halftime.
The fans were treated to a show by the Jr. Ghost Cheerleaders at halftime.
On defense, Nate Brown and Jake Moore helped the Jr. Ghosts hold Burlington to only one touch down for the entire half.
Westford looks to advance in the playoffs on Wednesday against a team to be announced.
Westford Jr. Ghosts D Team 33, Methuen Rangers D1 0
The Westford Jr. Ghosts rolled into the playoffs with the momentum of an 8-0 regular season behind it and rolled out its first game with a decisive 33-0 win over the Methuen Rangers.
Westford’s stifling defense kept Methuen from putting together long drives and shut down any attempts at big plays. Thurman Hargrove was an unstoppable whirlwind at defensive end, racking up three sacks and several tackles for losses. Mason Bergeron, Tyler Schutt, Alex Wilson, Tyler Whitehouse, and Chris Fahlmann were solid performers on defense.
Westford’s explosive offense was unleashed on the team’s second possession when Matt Morash scored on a 16-yard jet sweep around the left end. It uncorked a scoring binge that the Rangers couldn’t match.
Westford struck again when Bobby MacCormack took a shotgun snap, faked an end around to Morash and tucked the ball under his arm for a 30-yard touchdown run. Tommy Galvin caught a shallow pass in the right flat for the extra point.
Dominic Scaffardi, Carter Scanlan, Ben Schaffer, Faith Williams, and Quinn Reynolds provided key blocking to open up running lanes, and helped MacCormack score again on a 49-yard QB keeper. Matt Morash scored the extra point on a quick buttonhook pass.
Westford opened up its playbook late in the third quarter to unveil more of a passing game. James McDermott turned a short pass from MacCormack into a 26-yard touchdown.
With the game winding down an Westford comfortably ahead, Westford started rewarding some of its defensive standout players with offensive carries. On the first of those, Thurman Hargrove took an inside handoff and scampered 47 yards for a touchdown.
Westford advances to face Chelmsford in the Division III semifinal, to be played on Thursday at 6 p.m. in Chelmsford.