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TYF Tackle Roundup: Red Pride Varsity Opens Season With Thrilling Overtime Win!

Sep 21, 2015 07:41AM ● By Bill Gilman

Youth Division

2nd, 3rd, & 4th Grade

Timberlane 14, Tewksbury Blue 0

Tewksbury Blue hit the road to Plaistow, N.H., to kick off the start of the 2015 season against a solid Timberlane team. 

Center Ryan Benchater did a great job delivering the ball to quarterback Cam Kearney (6 carries for 30 yards and 1 pass completion for 12 yards) to help pace the Blue offense.  Running back Kenny Ryder (6 carries for 30 yards) rushed hard up the middle on Blue’s opening drive, alongside fellow backs Timmy Bradley (5 carries for 25 yards, 1 pass completion for 12 yards) and Billy Burris (2 carries for 8 yards).  

The offense had some very hard blocking from William Holloway, Alex Dellorusso, Sam White, Braydon Aylward (1 carry for 3 yards) and Tyler Bourgea (3 carries for 15 yards), and Derek Nazzaro (2 carries for 6 yards).  Blue also gave the ball to Liam Kelly (4 carries for 25 yards, including a big first down).  

Timberlane lead 14-0 at the half, but Blue made some adjustments on defense that resulted in great tackles from Jake Burns, Vincent Ciancio, Nick Kearney, Jason Lavoie, Joseph Barletta  and Ryan Thompson. 

In the final quarter, Blue had some solid hits from Hunter Holloway, Zachary Pagliccia and Alessandro Paone.  The coaching staff has some very nice support from Cameron Thompson on the sidelines as well.

Tewksbury Red 24, Sanborn 22

Tewksbury Red just managed to squeak out the win in their first game of the season on the road against Sanborn in Kingston, N.H. After letting up a touchdown in the opening drive on a long touchdown play, Red quarterback Hunter Johnson (2 touchdowns, 140 yards rushing) responded with a 60-yard touchdown run off a bootleg. Damian Ortiz (34 yards) ran in the 2-point conversion. 

Tewksbury Red started the second half the same way as the first, surrendering a touchdown run off the first play from scrimmage. Red battled back on offense, led by running back AJ Seney (110 yards rushing) leading his team down to Sanborn’s 8-yard line. Hayden Ford topped off the drive with an 8-yard touchdown, while Ortiz added another 2-point conversion.

Sanborn took the lead by the end of the third quarter, scoring off a long run. But Red’s defense stood tall in the two-point conversion with David Forgione and Michael Lindsey crashing in to make the stop. In dramatic fashion, Red drove the field on their final drive to tie up the game anchored by the blocking of Benjamin Piccolo and James Cappiello, with Hunter Johnson scampering 10 yards for the tying touchdown. Ortiz sealed the win with another running score for the 2-point conversion.

Defensive standouts for Red included Charlie Bartolone, Aaron Clark, Mathew Clark. Fullback Hayden Ford added a touchdown along with 40 yards on the ground.

Winnacunnett 19, Tewksbury Green 6

Tewksbury Green fought hard in a 19-6 opening week loss to a strong Winnacunnett team in its opener at Ballou-Del Rossi Field in Tewksbury. 

Quarterback Matty Flynn led the Green offense, while running backs Jake Chase and Colby Flahive had several excellent runs of 20-plus yards. Flahive’s highlighted the solid rushing performances with a 50-plus yard scamper for the Green’s lone touchdown of the game. Green had very good line play and blocking behind Anthony Monteiro, Shayne Spurr, Noah Russo, Zack Russo, Connor Farnum, and Lincoln Crane—not only at the line of scrimmage but also in the open field—allowing the running backs to have the big gainers.

Defensively, Green steeped up and made several big plays throughout the game, but came up a few stops short in the defeat. The team showed excellent team defense throughout the game, with Paxton Green, Michael Parisi, Jaden Maxi, Matt Tremonte, Logan Barnes, Nicky DeSisto, Aidan Cram, Angelo DeSisto, Daniel Sullivan, and Jack Lightfoot all contributing to keep the Winnacunnett out of the end zone. 

The defensive play of the day came from Cam Kingston, who broke free from the offensive line and made a tremendous open field tackle following a swing pass, and hitting Winnacunnett with a big loss on fourth down.

Tewksbury Green will be the visiting team this week against Tewksbury Red at Ballou-Del Rossi Field at 10 a.m.

Junior Division

5th & 6th Grade

Tewksbury Red Pride A 30, Sanborn 0

Sanborn 6, Tewksbury Red Pride B 0

In a rematch of last season’s NJHFL Junior Division Championship, the rebuilt Red Pride A squad took the field to open the season with only four returning players from the 2014 championship team.  After several impressive runs by Nick Tracy, Cole Kimtis broke the scoreless tie in the second quarter, knifing in for a one-yard touchdown run, with Danny Fleming adding the 2-point conversion.  The Red Pride struck again just before the half when Fleming scampered 32 yards for the score, this time with Tracy adding the 2-point conversion.

Fleming and Red crew struck quickly on the second play of the third quarter.  Setup by a strong Kimtis run, Fleming raced 26 yards for another score, with Kimtis converting the extra points.  The Red Pride ground game was paced by a strong effort from the offensive line, led by Keith Johnston, Colin Goggins, Tommy Crawford, Jonah Bennett and Aaron Connelly.  Kimtis capped the A team scoring, collecting his second touchdown of the day from 4 yards out.

The Red Pride defense protected the home field to a scoreless victory, with Aidan Trulli, Michael Sullivan, and Austin Tingtella providing solid games in the Red Pride secondary.  Nick Wilson and Aidan Hartman had several key plays in the middle.  The defensive line was the standout, lead by Aaron Connelly, who made it very difficult for the visitors to gain any momentum.  Fittingly the defense was on the field to end the day when Danny Fleming picked off a last-chance pass to end regulation and secure the Red Pride win.

The Red Pride B team took over in the heat of the afternoon session.  Quarterback Nick DeGloria along with teammates Justin Darrigo, Colin Fraser and Rich Bongiorno put forth solid efforts that did not go unnoticed by the Red coaching staff.  DeGloria lead all rushers on the day, and also connected with Bongiorno on several occasions for chunks of yards and key first downs.

Defensively, Matt Duggan, Ryan Mottolo, and Bongiorno played excellent on the outside and had numerous stops behind the line of scrimmage themselves.  Other standouts were Cooper Lemieux, Brady McHugh, Evan Silva, and Max Mattuchio.

Senior Division  

7th & 8th Grade

Red Pride Varsity 30, Winnacunnet 28 (OT)

The Tewksbury Red Pride Varsity kicked off its season with a thrilling come-from-behind win taking down the Warriors from Winnacunnet, 30-28, in overtime.  Winnacunnet started out strong, taking the opening kickoff and methodically driving down the field for an early 8-0 lead, consuming the entire quarter.  Winnacunnet added to its early lead with an 80-yard touchdown run to go up 14-0.  

Dealing with some early-season rust, Red Pride came to life before the end of the half with an Evan Mantel touchdown pass to Owen Gilligan to cut the lead to 14-6. In the second half, the Red Pride offense established some nice drives with its power running game.  Red Pride tied the game at 14 only to see the Warriors answer right back with what seemed like the winning score with 1:30 to go.  

But Red Pride responded and drove smartly down the field, highlighted by a long reception by Tyler Keough.  On the final play of the game, Shayne Aylward rushed 20 yards, fighting over defenders, and dove for the end zone.  Mantel hit Gilligan for the conversion to send the game to overtime, where it would be Anthony Iannacci scoring the touchdown and conversion for the lead.  The Warriors answered with a touchdown, but the Red Pride shut them down on the conversion attempt, sealing the victory.

Red Pride JV 16, Winnacunnet 0

The Red Pride JV earned a dominating victory over the Winnacunnet Warriors,16-0, to kick off the season.  

Danny Lightfoot, Cam Paolillo, Rory Powers and Nick Bobadilla provided big running plays for the victors. The defense pitched a shutout behind big plays by Gavin Thomassett, Gaige Dobson, Cullain Johnson, Colin Bozek, Owen Hernandez, Garrett Kingston, Michael Wilson, Aidan Leffler, Jesus Padilla, Pat Marcley, Derek Munroe, Joe Delucia and Cam Lamoureux. The entire unit frustrated the Warrior attack throughout the contest with its relentless pressure.

The Red Pride will look to keep the momentum going when they travel to Timberlane this weekend.

Merrimack 14, Blue Pride Varsity 8

The Blue Pride varsity squad suffered a hard fought defeat at the hands of Merrimack, but had notable contributions from Jay Timmons, Jacob Bragg, Jake Kaiser, Santino Garofalo, Sean Oliveira, Patrick Rosemond, as well as 7th graders Asa Deroche, Lucas Tryder, Will Mckay, and Kyle Darrigo. 

Blue Pride JV 20, Merrimack 0

The Blue Pride junior varsity team was able even the contest by defeating Merrimack with the help of some big plays from Will McKay and Kyle Darrigom as well as, Hunter Delonais, Cam Cimmino, Padric Green, Sean Kaiser, and Sean Fahey.

The Blue squads will look to refocus and have a big week Sunday afternoon against interstate rival Sanborn, at Ballou-Del Rossi field.


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