Redmen To Face Winchester For the First Time In D3 North Title Game On Saturday
Nov 15, 2019 02:49PM
By Andrew Della Piana
This past Saturday, the Tewksbury Redmen held off another late comeback, and this time it was against the number 3-seeded Concord-Carlisle Patriots. The Redmen pulled off an exciting 27-26 win to advance to the D3 North sectional final for the third consecutive season.
This Saturday, the Redmen will be back at Doucette Field in Tewksbury at 1 PM to host the 4-seeded Winchester Sachems for the D3 North crown.
Unlike their match-ups with Lynn English and Concord-Carlise, Tewksbury has never faced Winchester in MIAA postseason play.
The Redmen’s first-year starting quarterback, junior Ryne Rametta, has been very impressive in his first two postseason tests. Rametta has gone a combined 15-for-23, with 250 passing yards, four passing touchdowns, and no turnovers in the games against Lynn English and Concord-Carlisle.
Rametta has raised his level of play throughout the season and has been holding up this Redmen offense that has been without Shane Aylward for the last two games.
The Redmen all-senior offensive line of Robbie Kimtis, Kyle Scrooc, Antionio Capelo, Mike Woodford, and Dylan Chandler have paved a strong path all season for the Redmen running backs and protecting Rametta as well. Junior Kyle Darrigo picked up where he left off from the Lynn English game as he ran wild with 121 rushing yards and two rushing scores for the second straight week.
Going into this Saturday’s matchup, Darrigo has 622 rushing yards on the season with a team-leading 12 touchdowns. Senior tight end/defensive end Owen Gilligan came on both sides of the football as he had 32 receiving yards, a receiving touchdown, and a sack on Gemelli on the final drive of the Concord-Carlisle game.
Strong defensive plays for the Redmen were made by junior Will McKay, senior Pat Fleming, Kimtis, Gilligan and senior Richie Markwarth. Markwarth had an interception deep inside Redmen territory to end a scoring threat late in the second quarter from Concord-Carlise. After the impressive win on Saturday, Junior defensive back Will McKay now has his eyes on Winchester.
“It’s been a cold practice week, but we know and understand that is how it is going to be during the game," McKay said on Wednesday. "Everyone has been dressing warm and getting ready for what we expect to be playing in. I think so far this week’s practice has been good and we have a solid plan in place for this tough team [Winchester].”
With a win over Winchester, the Redmen would win the D3 North sectional championship for the 3rd consecutive season.
The 4-seeded Winchester Sachems will enter this D3 North sectional championship with an 8-1 record this season. The Sachems have a perfect record of 4-0 in their road games.
Wally Dembowski is the Head Coach of the Sachems. Winchester plays out of the Middlesex League (ML) in which they have finished 3-1 in their league matchups this season. This is the farthest Winchester has come in the state tournament since the new format of each division having its own Super Bowl for the entire state was created in 2013.
Senior Tommy Degnan is the team’s star quarterback as well as the star linebacker/safety. Degnan is a 6 foot, 220-pound monster of a two-way player.
Degnan is dual-threat in the passing and rushing games for the Sachems as they like to run a spread offense with lots of run-pass options (RPO). Winchester won their shootout against the top-seeded Danvers Falcons with 42-27 road victory in Danvers in their semifinal matchup.
Last Friday night, Degnan ran for 124 rushing yards and three 3 scores in the win over Danvers. While throwing the ball, Degnan went 10-for-15 for 147 passing yards and a passing touchdown.
Junior running back Jimmy Gibbons is the Sachem’s lead runner in the backfield with Degnan. Both have rushed over 750 yards this season.
Ticket prices will be $10 for Adults and $7 for Students and Senior Citizens. Tickets can be purchased at the front entrance of the field.
If you can’t make the game, Bill Gilman and I are excited to announce and confirm that this D3 North Final will be streamed live. We will be doing a live play-by-play broadcast of the game that can be seen on channel 34 for Verizon and channel 22 for Comcast.
You can also watch the game on any mobile device via the live broadcast as it will be on Youtube channel “TewksburyTV”. The winner of the Winchester/Tewksbury game will play the winner of Duxbury/Hingham in the D3 state semifinals.