Redmen Host North Andover Saturday Afternoon
Sep 26, 2014 02:26PM
● By Rick Spencer
When you play your high school football in the Merrimack Valley Conference there are very few “easy” weeks, and tomorrow afternoon’s game against North Andover figures to be another tough challenge for the Tewksbury High football team.
Coach Brian Aylward’s defending Division 3 Super Bowl champions are currently 1-1 on the season after shutting out Chelmsford, 13-0, in their opener and losing a heart-breaker to perennial Division 1 powerhouse Everett High, 21-20 last Friday night.
The Redmen are led by on both sides of the ball by senior running back/defensive back James Sullivan. Considered one of the top college prospects in Eastern Mass this fall, Sullivan is coming off a stellar junior season in which he led the team on its undefeated Super Bowl run by rushing for over 1300 yards and scoring 22 touchdowns.
In Tewksbury’s first two games this season, Sullivan has shared the backfield duties with senior RB Tom Casey and junior RB James Hirtle, and rushed 28 times for 84 yards. As a receiver, Sullivan has been almost unstoppable, catching 10 passes for 119 yards and two touchdowns so far.
North Andover enters the contest with a 2-0 record, having started its season on a high note two weeks ago by knocking off Andover, 21-20. It was the Scarlet Knights’ first victory over their neighboring rivals in eight years. Last week, a late safety gave North Andover a 9-7 win over Beverly High in a non-conference game.
North Andover is led by speedy senior WR/RB Bubba Shkliew, who has caught 12 passes for 141 yards and two touchdowns so far this season.
Game time is 1:30 p.m. tomorrow at Doucette Field next to the Ryan School.