Shawsheen, Ayer Shirley, Westford, Tyngsboro all win

Shawsheen Tech’s football team improved to a perfect 3-0 in Thanksgiving Day games against Arlington Catholic and moved its overall record to 12-0 with a 42-19 win against AC on Thursday in Billerica.

Shawsheen’s next and final stop is next Friday’s Div. 5 state championship Super Bowl against North Reading at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro.

Up 14-13 halfway through the second quarter, Shawsheen would score 28 unanswered points to pull away from the Cougars, who finished the season at 3-8 overall.

After AC cut the lead to one, Shawsheen made it 21-13 when sophomore quarterback Sid Tildsley of Billerica connected with junior Ryan Copson of Wilmington for a 10-yard touchdown pass with 4:23 left in the half. The extra point was added by sophomore Jack Finn of Billerica.

Just 1:12 before intermission, the Rams scored again when Tildsley found senior Mavrick Bourdeau of Billerica for a 19-yard scoring strike to push the lead to 28-13.

A 6-yard run by Tildsley was the only scoring of the third quarter and the Rams added more points in the fourth when sophomore Zach Timmons of Wilmington scored on a 7-yard run with 8:33 left. Finn booted his seventh extra point of the game.

The Cougars scored their second touchdown in the final minute of the game when senior Thomas Driscoll scored on a 12-yard run.

Shawsheen took a 14-0 lead on two first-quarter touchdown runs by junior Caleb Caceres of Billerica, who had scores from 17 and 3 yards out.

On the first play of the second quarter, Driscoll hit senior Malikai McClure with a 23-yard touchdown pass and Driscoll added the extra point to cut the lead in half.

AC nearly tied it later in the quarter as Driscoll scored on a 26-yard run. The extra point was blocked, keeping Shawsheen ahead with 7:23 to go in the half.

The Rams followed with two crucial scores before halftime.

Ayer Shirley 20, Littleton 14: Cam Marshall carried 12 times for 105 yards and a touchdown to fuel the Panthers past a determined Littleton squad in Ayer.

James Gauntlett added a rushing TD as part of a 12-carry, 78-yard morning for Ayer Shirley (7-3).

For Littleton (3-8), Greg DeChane tossed a 37-yard TD to Justin Mano. Tyler Branco added the kick. Littleton’s other touchdown came on a 71-yard pass from DeChane to John Woodward. Branco again booted the extra point.

Defensively, Andre Milner made an interception for the Tigers, while Mark Frisoli forced two fumbles. Fumble recoveries were made by Branco, Justin Manno and Thomas Kazanjian.

“I’m proud our effort and how we fought through adversity as a team. But in totality we just made too many mistakes to complete the comeback. Hats off to a really good Ayer Shirley team. Thank you to our seniors for a memorable season. Their hard work and dedication to this program hasn’t gone unnoticed and will not be forgotten,” Littleton head coach Asante Easter said.

Westford 43, Acton-Boxboro 14: Anthony Rudiman was simply unstoppable.

The Westford senior quad-captain rushed for 232 yards and two touchdowns and caught a third.

Westford pounced on the pigskin with relentless precision during a 29-point first quarter. Rudiman got the offense up and running by jetting 60 yards for the touchdown to open the game. And when kicker Peter Burdin booted his first of five extra point kicks, the Ghosts held the 7-0 lead.

Meanwhile, quarterback Kaden Silton fueled Westford’s air attack. The junior signal-caller went 9-for-14, passing for 158 yards and three touchdowns. He hooked up with senior tri-captain Matty Haggan on a pair of monstrous end zone strikes, including a 53-yard heave to build the 12-0 cushion.

Luke Fremualt continued to haunt A-B at every opportunity. The senior quad-captain earned a pair of forced fumbles, before rolling 85 yards to the house on a punt return, increasing the lead. Silton set up Jake Cullen on a two-point conversion play moments later.

The Ghosts QB capped the offensive explosion by finding Haggan again, this time on a 65-yard touchdown pass. Haggen ended his afternoon with 118-yards receiving on just two grabs. Silton sent Rudiman in on a 10-yard TD reception, establishing the 35-0 lead at halftime.

The Westford defense was just as solid. Senior quad-captain Drew Wilson made one of three interceptions, with junior Jake Cullen and senior Francesco Fernandez securing the others. A-B attempted to rally the troops, cutting the deficit to 35-14 by the end of the third quarter, but that’s as close as the visitors would get. Rudiman wrapped up his effort by breaking 10 yards in the closing moments to seal the victory.

Tyngsboro 48, Groton-Dunstable 7: The Tigers ran away with the clash in Tyngsboro behind the arm of quarterback Bryce Goulet, who threw for 148 yards and four touchdowns.

Gavin Hehir rushed for 147 yards to pace the Tyngsboro ground attack. Goulet tossed TD passes to Anthony Nicosia (60 yards), and two to Adam Dorant. Jimmy O’Keefe caught a 7-yard scoring pass from Goulet. Hehir added two scoring runs, of 10 and 19 yards, and Luke McHugh plowed into the end zone from one yard out.

Groton-Dunstable received a 20-carry, 132-yard rushing effort from Nate Bushnell, who completed an outstanding season.

Methuen 46, Dracut 7: The Middies ended a tough season with a lopsided loss to a powerful Methuen team. Dracut only dressed 19 players for the home game.

Wednesday night: Nashoba Tech ended a terrific season in tough fashion with a 44-8 road loss to Monty Tech, the lone TD coming on a pass from Colby Catterton to Kamari L’Italien, while North Middlesex ran all over Assabet, 55-28, in a high-scoring affair in Townsend.

 

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