Pelham stifles ConVal

PELHAM — It was a great day for the entire Pelham defense, which shut out a talented ConVal team en route to a 12-0 victory.

"We played a tremendous game tonight, tremendous," said Pelham coach Tom Babaian. "We believed we could win, and we did."

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Brooks takes apart Thayer


NORTH ANDOVER — Thayer Academy came into the game undefeated and hadn't given up a point all year, but Brooks took care of both accomplishments in a big way Saturday.

The Green and White ran and passed their way to a 42-21 victory, lifting Brooks to its third win in four games.

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Reggies fall, Caceres leaves game

BILLERICA — An undermaned Greater Lawrence team pushed Shawsheen to the fourth quarter, but the Rams were able to run out the clock late in the fourth quarter to pick up the 20-17 win.

The Reggies (3-3) were down right from the jump after Shawsheen (4-2) returned the opening kickoff for a score, and suffered a huge blow when electric senior quarterback Jose Caceres went down with an injury in the second quarter. He left the game did not return.

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Aleksa (3 TD's) fuels Windham

WINDHAM — Windham's Jake Aleksa only carried the ball three times, but each time he touched it he found the end zone.

Aleksa's TD runs of 10, 10 and 3 yards helped fuel undefeated Windham (6-0) to another dominating win, 49-13, over Lebanon (1-5) Saturday afternoon.

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Central's Edwards dominates Lowell in homecoming

LOWELL — Bret Edwards remembers watching from the stands as his older brother, Kyle, played quarterback for Lowell High.
Years later, the younger Edwards has returned to hometown Cawley Stadium twice, and has left with a victory both times — just with the one caveat of being the quarterback for visiting Central Catholic. 
During his latest trip home on Friday night, Edwards threw for 162 yards and two touchdowns on 8 of 12 passing as Central, the second ranked team in Eastern Mass., throttled Lowell, 49-7. 
For Edwards, it’s always special playing against the kids he grew up with, even though he’s on the opposite sideline. Plus, it makes for some fun conversation with his brother.
“He’ll talk all that smack before the game. But win or lose it’s still fun to play here,” said a smiling Edwards.
“It’s always good coming back here. I mean, it’s my hometown and I get to play against all my friends. I grew up with a lot of those guys, going to school with them and to the gym with them. Win or lose it’s always a good experience.”
The UNH recruit was efficient and the defense dominated for 6-0 Central Catholic.
Lowell, now 4-2, had averaged a whopping 41.4 points per game heading into Friday. Star senior back Anthony Doung, the Red Raiders’ top weapon, was averaging 129.4 yards on the ground.
But, for all intents and purposes, Central’s defense pitched a shutout. It wasn’t until late in the third quarter when Lowell rushed in a score off the backups. As for Duong, well, he was kept in check for just 17 yards on seven carries.
“They’ve been putting up points all year so it was a good test for us tonight,” said Central coach Chuck Adamopoulos. “I like the way our kids responded defensively. I thought they recognized well and I thought they competed well.”
Central helped itself out by causing four turnovers. Joe Howshan had two interceptions, Gregory Desrosiers had a pick and the Raiders also forced a fumble.
Howshan also broke off a 23-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter, and Desrosiers led the team with 104 receiving yards and a juggling 21-yard TD reception. Mathias Villafane continued his hot stretch with six catches for 58 yards and a touchdown, and also ran back the second half kickoff 90 yards for another score.
After Villafane’s kickoff return, Anthony Caggianelli broke off a 78-yard TD to make it 49-0 early in the third. The Raiders called off the dogs shortly after.
For Lowell, Friday night ended a two-game stretch that started with last week’s beating from Everett, the No. 1 ranked team in the Eastern Mass.
Central had 14 different rushers Friday night, and eight in one drive. The red-hot offense is now averaging 40.5 points per game.
“We just followed our game plan,” said Edwards. “We just did what we practiced all week. Our game plan was to just do what we do and get better every week, and that’s what we did.”
That game plan will make its way to Andover on Friday for a 7 p.m. kickoff.

Central Catholic 49, Lowell 7
Central Catholic (6-0):     14 21 14 0 — 49
Lowell (4-2):      0  0  7 0 —  7
First Quarter
 CC — Max Faro 5 run (Zach DeBay kick), 8:23
 CC — Ty Donatio 2 run (DeBay kick), 4:43
Second Quarter
 CC — Joe Howshan 23 run (DeBay kick), 8:14
 CC — Mathias Villafane 9 pass from Bret Edwards (DeBay kick), 3:51
 CC — Gregory Desrosiers 21 pass from Edwards (DeBay kick), 1:28
Third Quarter
 CC — Villafane 90 kickoff return (DeBay kick), 10:49
 CC — Anthony Caggianelli 78 run (DeBay kick), 5:59
 L — Justin Villanueva 3 run (Mike Menezes kick), 2:49
RUSHING: CENTRAL (32-182): Anthony Caggianelli 2-80, Ty Donatio 5-32, Joe Howshan 2-26, Matthew Shaw 3-16, Mark Kassis 3-12, Jared Gillis 2-10, Jared Silverio 1-7, Max Faro 3-6, Aidan Gordon 1-3, Lewy Baez-Troncoso 1-3, Jose Armando Binet 1-3, Deven DeBay 1-0, Michael Finneran 2-(-2), Bret Edwards 5-(-14); 
LOWELL (31-145): Curtis Gentles 11-74, Justin Villaneuva 9-54, Anthony Doung 7-17, Thomas Cannon 1-1, Richmond Kwaateng 3-(-1)
PASSING: CENTRAL — Bret Edwards 8-12-0, 162, J.J. Mercuri 0-1-0, 0; LOWELL — Curtis Gentles 6-19-3, 87
RECEIVING: CENTRAL — Gregory Desrosiers 2-104, Villafane 6-58; LOWELL — Brendan Tighe 5-77, Cannon 1-10

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Lancers pull away


LONDONDERRY — Ahead by just a point at halftime, 7-6, Londonderry pulled away in the second half Friday night, defeating Alvirne 36-6.

The one-two punch of Jeff Wiedenfield and Michael McAlister eventually proved too much for Alvirne to handle. Wiedenfield rushed for 184 yards and two touchdowns while McAlister finished with 124 yards and two TDs. Londonderry finished with 422 yards on the ground.

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North Reading rallies past Masco in OT

NORTH READING — Undermanned and undersized, the North Reading football team took down Masconomet, 20-14 in overtime on Friday night as the Hornets secured at least a share of the Cape Ann League Large title for the second straight season.
And they did so on the back of senior Jake Bedell.
With starting signal caller Jake Bythrow out of the line up, Bedell took the majority of snaps at quarterback, rushing the ball on 17 of the hosts’ 23 plays in the second half and overtime while running in for the game-tying touchdown in the fourth quarter.
“Jake’s a beast for us and we told him, ‘if you want to be a champion, take the game over. And he did’,” explained Hornets coach Jeff Wall, who said Bedell was a game-time decision because of a lower body injury.
“He watched guys in the past ... he learned from a good group of mentors.”
Bedell had 17 rushes on North Readings’s 23 plays in the second half and overtime, willing his squad to victory.
While it was Alex D’Ambrosio who rushed in from three yards out for the game-winner, every Masco defender followed Bedell when he faked the keeper, giving D’Ambrosio plenty of daylight to cross the goal line.
Both clubs are now 4-2. 
The Chieftains (4-2) would get their shot after Bryce Wronski stuffed Bedell on the two-point try. But three straight incompletions after a first down run ended the contest.

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Ranger turnaround

METHUEN — Senior running back Saul Cespedes could tell that something wasn’t right with the Methuen football team in the first half.
“I was trying to get the team up but we just couldn’t get anything going,” said Cespedes. “It was a rough start. I think we were getting ahead of ourselves.”
But, trailing 14-0 to winless but fired-up Lawrence at halftime, the Rangers stormed back in the second half to take a 27-14 victory and improve to 4-2.
And Cespedes, who has been overshadowed a bit this year by multi-talented quarterback Jordan Perdomo, was at the center of the comeback. He rushed for 104 yards on 10 carries after halftime and sealed the comeback in the fourth quarter with a 19-yard TD run.
“He (Cespedes) is amazing,” said Perdomo, who rushed for two TDs and kicked three extra points in the second half. “He and Peter (Kwakye) are different backs but they both give us so much.”
After Perdomo scored on short runs to cap off long drives in the third quarter, Kwakye scored what proved to be the winning TD on a 61-yard dash through the line. Earlier, he set up Perdomo’s second TD with a 44-yard scamper. Cespedes finished the scoring.
Cespedes, who missed all of last year with a broken clavicle, now has rushed for 464 yards and eight touchdowns on the year.
“Saul has done a great job for us and gives us a lot of options,” said Methuen coach Tom Ryan. “He runs hard and is like our doubles hitter. Kwakye is our home run hitter and Jordan (Perdomo) is like someone who spreads it all around.”
Explaining the slow start to the game but solid second half by the Rangers (4-2), Ryan said:
“We just didn’t execute in the first half. Nobody did including the coaches. We made some adjustments at halftime and played a lot better.”
Indeed, held to 15 yards rushing in the first half, the Rangers rushed for a whopping 308 yards on the ground after halftime.
Just as impressive in the second half was the Rangers’ defense, holding the Lancers to 65 yards of total offense. Among those making big stops was senior defensive back A.J. Borrelli, who also had a late interception to seal the deal.
In the first half, Lawrence looked like anything but a winless team. Juniors Jonathan Velilla and Jiovanny Murray were monsters up front defensively and the backers were immense coming up to make tackles.
Offensively, quarterback Jacob Tamayo was sharp in the first half for the Lancers, completing 7 of 14 passes for two touchdowns, one a 43-yarder to Ronyell Pena and the other 13 yards to Miguel Camacho. The latter was 10 seconds before halftime and was set up by a Pena interception.
“That was tale of two halves,” said Lawrence coach Mike Yameen. “We did some good things but we need to learn how to finish.”
Playing well consistently for the Lancers (0-6) was kicker Musset Mezidor. He averaged 40 yards on six punts, one of which went 60 yards, and was perfect on both of his extra point tries.
Lawrence will host Haverhill next Friday in a battle of winless teams while Methuen plays host to Lowell.

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Port pulls away from Pentucket late

NEWBURYPORT — Pentucket football held a 13-7 lead going into the fourth quarter, but the Sachems couldn't stop Newburyport's Myles Maloof in the final frame, as the standout running back scored twice to lead the Clippers to a 21-13 victory.

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Ty Hicks dominates for Astros

DERRY — Ty Hicks could not be stopped Friday night.
The senior carried 11 times for 141 yards and three touchdowns as the Astros hammered Timberlane, 49-14, to improve to 6-1.
Hicks scored on runs of 52, 65 and 4 yards. Nick Lombard scored on an 80-yard run with his only carry as Pinkerton ammassed 363 yards on the ground.
For Timberlane, 2-5, Dan Hayes combined with Robbie Pinault on scoring passes of 14 and 15 yards for their lone TDs.
Pinkerton is at Keene Friday and Timberlane is at Merrimack Friday.
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