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VIDEO: Redmen Outlast Patriots, 27-26, Will Meet Winchester For D3 North Title

Nov 13, 2019 08:01PM ● By Bill Gilman
 The first two rounds of the Division 3 North playoffs have not been a walk in the park for the Tewksbury High football team. But then, champions aren't forged without a bit of fire.
On Saturday, the second-seeded Redmen (8-1) got a pair of touchdown passes from junior quarterback Ryne Rametta and two touchdowns on the ground from Kyle Darrigo, to slip past third-seeded Concord-Carlisle (8-1), at Doucette Field.
The win puts Tewksbury one win away from their third consecutive Division 3 North Championship. And thanks to a 42-27 upset win by No. 4 Winchester over top-seeded and previously unbeaten Danvers (8-1), Tewksbury will host the championship game Saturday, Nov. 16, at 1 p.m. at Doucette.
The Redmen should be ready for anything the Sachems can throw their way, having been pushed hard by Lynn English and Concord-Carlisle through the first two rounds of the tournament.
Despite playing their second straight game without three-way standout Shane Aylward, the Redmen got plenty of offense, with Rametta (9-for-13, 128 yards) throwing a pair of scoring strikes in the first half and Darrigo racking up 123 yards and the two scores on 29 carries.
Rametta got things rolling for the Redmen with a 14-yard touchdown pass to Owen Gilligan to cap Tewksbury's opening drive. Gilligan had a strong game on both sides of the ball. Rametta then added a 33-yard scoring strike to Danny Fleming on a silky smooth play-action fake. The Patriots' secondary bit on the fake and Fleming was open by a good 10 yards when he hauled in the pass and waltzed into the end zone for a 14-6 Redmen lead.
Tewksbury looked to have things well in hand when a fumble recovery gave the Redmen the ball at he C-C 6-yard line late in the second quarter. Darrigo scored on the first play from scrimmage and Tewksbury tok a 20-6 lead into halftime.
But Concord-Carlisle didn't come into the game at 8-0 for no reason. The Patriots battled back, cutting the lead to 20-13 and pinning the Redmen deep in their own side of the field early in the fourth quarter.
Tewksbury responded with the drive of the game, marching 93 yards, with Darrigo plowing into the end zone from a yard out with 4:46 to play, giving the Redmen a 27-13 lead.
Still, Concord-Carlisle wasn't finished. The Patriots scored twice in rapid succession, the second coming on a 47-yard touchdown pass from Christian Gemelli to Tyler Jameau to make it 27-26 with 2:05 to play. Rather than go for the PAT and look to force overtime, C-C Coach Mike Robichaud chose to go for the win with a two-point conversion. But Tekwsbury's defense was up to the challenge and stuffed the rushing attempt to hold onto the lead and, ultimately, the win.
Tewksbury Telemedia was on-hand for the game and broadcast it on tape delay, per MIAA rules. You can watch the game, in its entirety, below.

TMHS vs. Concord Carlisle, D-3 North Semifinals (Tewksbury Telemedia)

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