Tewksbury Dismantles Lowell, 34-0
Sep 26, 2015 09:16AM ● Published by Bill Gilman
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Senior Troy Carey rushed for a pair of touchdowns, and scored a third on a pass from Brett Morris, to lead Tewksbury High to a 34-0 rout of Lowell High, Friday night at Cawley Stadium.
The win moves Tewksbury to 3-0 on the season and sets up a showdown Friday night, under the lights at Doucette Field, against 3-0 Andover High.
Carey finished with a career high 147 yards rushing on 21 carries in his first season as the Redmen's featured back. In the first three games of the season, Carey has rushed for 356 yards and scored eight touchdowns.
"(Carey) is a humble kid who doesn't call a lot of attention to himself," said TMHS Coach Brian Aylward. "He's adamant about doing whatever he can do to the best of his ability to help the team."
While not spectacular, the Tewksbury offense systematically wore down and picked apart the defense of Lowell (0-3). The Redmen broke on top early in the second quarter, as Carey capped an 11-play, 73-yard drive with a one-yard touchdown run.
Tewksbury doubled the lead on its next possession. This time, the entire backfield got involved, as Carey took a handoff from Ward on an inside reverse and raced 26 yards for the score to make it 14-0.
"It all starts with the offensive line," said Carey, after the win. "The line stepped up and did a great job."
That offensive line not only opened up gaping holes for Carey and junior Tyler Ward (12 carries, 56 yards), they also provided perfect protection for Morris, who completed 9 of 15 pass attempts for 94 yards and a pair of scores.
Morris' first touchdown pass came in the third quarter on a perfectly executed 26-yard backside screen to Carey to push the lead to 20-0. In the fourth quarter, Morris hit a wide open Ward streaking down the right side for a 24-yard touchdown pass to make it 27-0.
While the Redmen's offensive execution (387 yards total offense, 0 turnovers) seems to be hitting its stride heading into this weekend's battle with Andover, Aylward still sees plenty of room for improvement.
"I'm glad it appears that way. It doesn't feel that way," he said. "We had some drives I thought we could have ended cleaner. But at least we didn't give them any (turnovers). We took care of the ball."
Meanwhile, the Tewksbury High defense didn't allow Lowell a whiff of the end zone in picking up its first shutout of the season. The Red Raiders managed just 102 yards of total offense and never drove deeper than the Tewksbury 35-yard line. The Tewksbury defense, led by linebacker Broc Dokos recorded four sacks and forced three turnovers. The Redmen got fumble recoveries from Masyn Lorick, Ryan Morris and Richard Tibbetts, Jr.
Tewksbury's second unit capped the scoring with a 43-yard touchdown drive, set up by Tibbets' fumble recovery.
Sophomore Brandon Winn (3 carries, 22 yards) scored on an impressive 10-yard touchdown run, dragging three tacklers the final five yards for the score.