Redmen Top Lynn English, Face Stiff Semifinal Test In Unbeaten Concord-Carlisle (VIDEO)
Nov 07, 2019 10:38PM
By Andrew Della Piana
Saturday in the D3 North sectional quarterfinal, the Tewksbury Redmen held off a late comeback from No. 7-seed Lynn English Bulldogs, 31-28, to advance the Redmen to the sectional semifinals.
This Saturday, the Redmen will host the unbeaten 3rd-seed Concord-Carlisle Patriots at 1 PM at Doucette Stadium. This will be the second time in three seasons that the Redmen will play the Patriots in the postseason. In 2017, the Redmen defeated the Patriots 42-7 in a D3 North sectional quarterfinal at Doucette Field. That win was en route to the Redmen’s 2017 D3 North title.
In the win over Lynn English, Senior captain Shane Aylward remained out with an ankle injury and the Redmen needed someone to step up. Fellow Senior captain Tyler Keough did everything he could to get his team back to the North’s Final-4 for the 9th consecutive season.
Keough delivered in every aspect of the game. Throughout this season, Keough has really proven just how important he is to this football team. Keough finished the day with 189 all-purpose yards, a receiving touchdown, a 29-yard field goal, and was a perfect 4-for-4 on PAT attempts.
Junior running back Kyle Darrigo had another big day on the ground as he had 120 rushing yards with two scores. On the defensive side, Darrigo intercepted Mathias Fowler’s pass in the fourth quarter to halt Lynn English’s momentum.
Also with Aylward missing some games this year, Darrigo has also come alive as the star in the Redmen’s running game. Going into Saturday against Concord-Carlisle, Darrigo has 499 rushing yards on the season with a team-leading 10 total touchdowns.
Junior quarterback Ryne Rametta also had himself a day in his first career playoff Varsity start. Rametta went 6-for-10, for 127 yards, and 2 touchdowns.
With the win, the Redmen now have a record of 8-2 in last three postseasons.
The Redmen may get Junior linebacker Stephen Arsenault back, after he missed Saturday’s game with a shoulder injury. Arsenault said on Wednesday, “It’s feeling better throughout the week and it will ultimately come down to how it feels on Saturday before kickoff.”
Shane Aylward will also be a game-time decision.
With a win over Concord-Carlisle, the Redmen would make the D3 North sectional title game for the 3rd consecutive season.
The third-seeded Concord-Carlisle Patriots will come into Doucette with an 8-0 record. The Patriots went 5-0 on home turf and 3-0 in their road games. Mike Robichaud is the head coach, and he is in his 10th season leading the Patriots.
Concord-Carlisle plays out of the Dual County League (DCL) in which they have finished a perfect 3-0 in their league matchups this season.
The defense was the star of the show for the Patriots as they forced three turnovers in a 28-0 home victory against Beverly in their quarterfinal matchup. Senior Cam Ladd had a pair of interceptions and Christian Gemelli added a pick to help the Patriots defense hold the Beverly offense scoreless.
Senior captain Christian Gemelli is the team’s star quarterback. Gemelli is a dangerous dual-threat for the Patriots. The C-C offensive line is called, “The Irish Wall” because of how well they have protected Gemelli this season. The line consists of senior Jackson Morgan, senior Joe Tucker, senior Aidan Daly, junior Tom Grehan, and junior James Maloney.
The Redmen defense will look to break through “The Irish Wall” on Saturday and make some stops in the Patriot’s backfield.
The winner of the Concord-Carlisle/Tewksbury game will play the winner of Winchester/Danvers in the D3 North Championship.
Ticket prices for the game will be $7 for Adults and $5 for Students and Senior Citizens. Tickets can be purchased at the front entrance of the field.
Bill Gilman and I would like to apologize for anyone who was expecting to watch last Saturday’s game live on TCTV on television or the live stream on Youtube. Due to MIAA rules, we are not permitted to do broadcast live for the playoff games.
On the positive side,TCTV will be able to do a live broadcast for the Thanksgiving game against Wilmington.
D3 North Quarterfinal: Tewksbury 31, Lynn English 28