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PHOTO GALLERY: Historic Win For Aylward's, As Redmen Stuff Wildcats, 43-0

Nov 25, 2018 11:36PM ● By Bill Gilman
 Tewksbury High tuned up for its Division 3 State Championship game, with a 43-0 rout of Wilmington High, on a frosty Thanksgiving morning.
Six different players scored touchdowns for the Redmen, who bolted to a 29-0 lead at halftime, scoring on offense, defense and special teams. It was 43-0 after three quarters.
Tewksbury (11-1) has now won nine straight Thanksgiving games against their Route 38 rivals.
The victory had historic significance for Tewksbury's Aylward family. It was the 150th victory of the stories 22-year career of Head Coach Brian Aylward. Meanwhile, senior Shane Aylward hauled in three pass receptions, giving him 50 on the season. That breaks TMHS single-season record for catches, formerly held by Redmen assistant Coach Tom Bradley.
Kyle Darrigo got the Redmen out of the gate with a 17-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. The defense then got into the act on Wilmington's next possession, when Jack Kelly picked off a pass at the Wildcat 30 and returned it for a touchdown.
Later, it was the Tewksbury special teams getting into the act, as Connor Nugent blocked a punt and recovered it in the end zone for a touchdown and a 22-0 lead.
Just before halftime, senior quarterback Jay Connolly (7-of-9, 53 yards) did what he does best, connecting with tight end Connor Brincklow on a 14-yard touchdown pass to push the lead to 29-0 at intermission.
The best, and the beating, went on in the third quarter. Aylward ripped off a 46-yard touchdown run and Tyler Keough followed with a 33-yard TD run.
It was another standout game from the Tewksbury defense, which recorded its fourth shutout of the season. Wilmington had trouble mounting any type of offense. Quarterback Andrew Sullivan completed just 2 of 15 passes for 18 yards and top rusher Peter Marino managed just 27 yardfs on 11 carries.
Next up for Tewksbury High is Saturday's Super Bowl showdown against Springfield Central for the Division 3 State Championship. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro.


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