Redmen Claim 3rd Straight D3 North Crown, Face Duxbury Saturday In State Semi
Nov 22, 2019 02:30AM
By Andrew Della Piana
The Tewksbury Redmen won in stunning fashion the D3 North’s crown for the third consecutive season after a thrilling victory last Saturday at Doucette Field against the 4-seeded Winchester Sachems by a score of 29-28.
The Redmen are back in the D3 state semifinals where they will take on the D3 South champion, the Duxbury Dragons, at 2:30 PM on Saturday at Xaverian Brothers High School.
These two football programs have some rich history against one another. This will be the second year in a row and the third time in the decade these teams will meet in the MIAA playoffs. In 2011, Duxbury defeated Tewksbury 35-0 in the D2 Super Bowl at Gillette Stadium. Last year, Tewksbury held off a potential Duxbury comeback to defeat the Dragons 29-21 at Cawley Stadium in Lowell in the D3 state semifinals.
This season, these two teams meet in the same game as last year, and still with a trip to Gillette Stadium on the line.
Before we discuss this outstanding Redmen offense that has averaged 29 points per game in the playoffs, let’s talk about this Redmen defense that has stopped two potential game-winning two-point conversions in the last two weeks. The Redmen have survived and advanced in this postseason with the help of back-to-back one-point victories against Concord-Carlisle in the North semifinals and now Winchester in the North final.
Last weekend’s D3 North final would come down to one play with 47 seconds left. With a two-point conversion from the Redmen 2-yard line, Sachems senior quarterback Tommy Degnan takes the snap, runs right, and is pushed out-of-bounds at the 1-yard line. All 11 defensive players wearing red knocked Degnan out-of-bounds inches before the Redmen goal-line.
The Redmen defense all added an interception and fumble recovery on the day.
Redmen junior quarterback Ryne Rametta has continued to take the playoffs by storm as for the third straight week by throwing for two touchdowns passes. Both of his touchdown passes were on fourth down and both going to senior captain Tyler Keough. Rametta is now a combined 21-for-35, with 331 passing yards, and six passing touchdowns, and has proven that he is an elite quarterback. All questions as to whether Rametta was going to be a worthy successor to Jay Connelly have been quieted.
Junior Kyle Darrigo has continued as the Redmen’s lead back with senior captain Shane Aylward on DL. Darrigo ran for 69 rushing yards and two rushing scores for the third straight week. Standing around 5’6, 155 pounds, Darrigo leads the team with 14 touchdowns on the season, stepping in the run-game when his team needs him most. Senior Tyler Keough did Tyler Keough things as he ran for 15 yards, had 53 receiving yards for 2 receiving touchdowns, an interception in the third quarter, and went 3 for 3 on the PATs. A win over Duxbury and the Redmen would be back at Gillette for the Super Bowl for the fifth time this decade.
The back-to-back D3 South champion Duxbury Dragons will enter this D3 state semifinals with one goal in mind: revenge on the Redmen.
After falling to Tewksbury last season in the state semifinals, the Dragons are 9-2 in 2019. The Dragons average 33 points per game on offense while their defense only allows around 12 points per game.
Duxbury started this season 0-2, but have stormed back to win nine straight and earn another shot at Tewksbury. Dave Maimaron is the head coach of the Dragons and in his 16th season leading the team.
Duxbury plays out of the Patriot League in which they finished a perfect 5-0 in league matchups this season, and have won the league title for the 12th straight season.
Senior captain Will Prouty has become the team’s star quarterback after being the Dragons' leading wide receiver with 778 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns in the 2018 campaign. Prouty was contained to just three receptions and 50 yards against Tewksbury in their matchup last November.
Prouty is yet another dual-threat quarterback that the Redmen need to try and contain. Like the handful of dual-threats Tewksbury has faced, Prouty is fast, athletic, and has a strong arm.
Duxbury defeated the South’s top-seeded Hingham Harbermen with a 20-10 road victory in Hingham in their D3 South final matchup, last Friday night, Prouty ran for three rushing scores in the win over Hingham. Fellow senior captain running back Tim Landolfi is the Dragons' lead running back with Prouty. Prouty and Landolfi provide the 1-2 punch in the Dragon’s run-game.
Ticket prices will be $10 for Adults and $7 for Students and Senior Citizens. For pre-game tickets, they can be purchased by using the link at the bottom of the page. Since the game is not at Doucette, there will be no live stream for the game from “TewksburyTV”.
The winner of the Duxbury/Tewksbury will play the winner of St. John’s/Springfield Central in the D3 Super Bowl at Gillette Stadium.
For the Thanksgiving game, the TMHS Athletic Department has announced that tickets will be on sale next week Monday through Wednesday. Prior to game day, tickets will be $10 for adults and $5 for Students and Senior Citizens. On game day, all tickets will be $10. Tickets can be purchased in the TMHS cafeteria during lunch hours.
Tewksbury vs. Winchester, Division 3 North Sectional Final