Redmen Blast Chelmsford 29-7 To Improve To 5-1
Oct 17, 2015 12:16AM
● By Rick Spencer
Troy Carey (22) leaps away from a would-be tackler against Chelmsford.
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For the first four weeks of the 2015 high school football schedule, it was relatively easy to figure out the Tewksbury High football team. The conventional wisdom said that if you could slow down senior running back Troy Carey – not that anybody could – you could slow down the Redmen.
So much for conventional wisdom.
The three-headed monster that has become the TMHS offensive attack reared its ugly head in Chelmsford Friday night, and the result was a lop-sided 29-7 Tewksbury victory that will have future opponents of the Redmen staying up late at night.
In addition to another standout effort that included 107 rushing yards and two more touchdowns from Carey, senior quarterback Brett Morris and senior wide receiver Adam Gajjaoui picked up where they left off last week as well. Morris completed seven-of-10 passes for 120 yards and two touchdowns, while Gajjaoui reeled in six receptions for 101 yards and two highlight reel touchdown receptions as Tewksbury raced out to a 29-0 halftime lead and coasted home to its fifth win in six tries this season.
Carey, who was (and still is) the team’s bell cow running back while Gajjaoui recovered from a knee injury he suffered in the team’s first game, ran his touchdown total to 11 (10 rushing, one receiving) on the season with scoring runs of four and 44 yards in the first eight minutes of the game Friday night.
But the thing that will have opposing defensive coordinators waking up in a cold sweat as the MIAA play-offs approach is the emergence of the unstoppable passing combination of Morris and Gajjoui. The pair opened a lot of eyes when they connected on three scoring strikes against top-ranked Central Catholic last Saturday, and they didn’t miss a beat against Chelmsford as Morris found Gajjaoui six times for 101 yards and two more touchdowns, giving the duo five touchdown passes in just the past two games.
“Our offensive line is getting better every week and Adam is getting back to full strength,” Morris said. “We’ve been able to expand the offense. Now we can keep defenses off balance when we throw the ball deep, and then turn around and give the ball to Troy.”
Tewksbury wasted no time taking control of this game when the Redmen took the opening kick-off and drove 70 yards in 10 plays to take an 8-0 lead. Carey capped the drive with a four-yard touchdown run, but the big play was a reverse half-back pass that saw Carey find Morris on a 28-yard completion on fourth-and-10 from the Chelmsford 30 that set up a first-and-goal on the Chelmsford two-yard line.
Less than 90 seconds later, Carey put the Redmen up by two scores when he raced 44 yards around right end for his 10th rushing touchdown of the year. Steven Hamel’s first of three extra-point kicks on the night made it 15-0.
Morris and Gajjaoui then got down to business, connecting from 33 yards out on a play that saw Gajjaoui break two tackles after making the catch. Morris then drove a stake into Chelmsford’s heart when he found Gajjaoui open again on the final play of the first half. A nifty cut-back move by Gajjaoui left two Chelmsford defenders clutching at air as he raced in from 28 yards out to make it 29-0.
Tewksbury out-gained Chelmsford in total yards by a lopsided margin of 244-25 in the first half, and even though his team’s second half execution was not nearly as efficient as TMHS head coach Brian Aylward would have liked, he was pleased with the way his team’s passing attack has blossomed over the past two weeks.
“You want to have a quarterback execute the way he (Morris) did,” Aylward said. “The pass protection was better than it was a week ago, and (Gajjaoui) is really important to our offense especially when he’s scoring touchdowns like he has the last two weeks.”
“Adam opens up everything for us,” agreed Morris. “He’s probably the most athletic kid in the school. Our offense is getting better, our defense is playing great. We just gotta keep working hard.”
Tewksbury will now enjoy the luxury of a week off before the MIAA play-offs start on October 30th. The Redmen are currently neck-and-neck with Marblehead and Danvers for the top spot in the MIAA Division 3 Northeast rankings, and the results of games involving those two teams (among others) next weekend will impact the final rankings.
Play-off pairings will be announced October 25th, and until then the Redmen will work at getting prepared to potentially host a home play-off game on the 31st.
“We’re going to take advantage of (the time off) and make sure we’re as strong as we can be and as healthy as we can be,” Aylward said. “We’re always kind of tinkering with our offense anyway so we’ll probably make good use of that time.”