Redmen Make History, Top Wilmington On T-Day For 10th Win
Dec 13, 2019 05:06AM
By Andrew Della Piana
The 2019 Tewksbury Redmen football season officially came to an end following the Redmen’s 28-13 win over the Wilmington Wildcats at the 86th Annual Thanksgiving Classic in the final game to ever be played at Doucette Field.
The Redmen won their 10th straight Thanksgiving game against the Wildcats to finish the season with a 10-2 record. This year’s graduating class of 22 seniors, members of the class of 2020, achieved something that no other class in Redmen football history has: being members of the TMHS football program with four consecutive 10-win seasons for the Varsity team from 2016 through 2019.
This season’s senior class includes: Dom Iannaci, Connor Charron, Nolan Timmons, Ryan Day, Matt Rosemond, Riley Auth, Pat Fleming, Brodie Tirrell, Pat Letourneau, Richie Markwarth, Kyle Scrooc, Anthony DeSisto, Owen Gilligan, Dylan Chandler, Mike Kelleher, Ryan Briley, Jake Kaiser, captain Mike Woodford, captain Antonio Capelo, captain Shane Aylward, captain Tyler Keough, and captain Robby Kimtis.
Although the loss to Duxbury in the D3 State Semifinals wasn’t the ending the Redmen hoped for, the season remained successful under head coach Brian Aylward as he finished his 23rd season leading the Redmen.
The Redmen offense scored over 300 points with Junior quarterback Ryne Rametta under center. Rametta had a sensational junior campaign as a first-year starter and answered many questions asked entering this season if Rametta could be Tewksbury’s answer to former quarterback Jay Connelly.
Rametta finished this season 91-for-165, with 1,324 passing yards, 15 passing touchdowns, and 9 interceptions. Making big throws in important plays is what Rametta was known for this season. We expect big things for Rametta in 2020, not only on the new turf field as a football player but on the basketball court this winter and the baseball diamond this spring.
In the Thanksgiving game, Senior Captain Shane Aylward was able to pick up right from where he left off before suffering injuries to his shoulder and ankle earlier this season. Aylward may well have had the best 12 minutes of football by any Massachusetts high school football player this season in the second quarter. Aylward had 2 interceptions, a TD reception, and 75-yard KO return touchdown in just one quarter.
In his final game as a Redmen, Aylward had 167 all-purpose yards, 2 interceptions, and 2 touchdowns. In his final season as a Redmen, Aylward had 276 rushing yards, 379 receiving yards, and 11 touchdowns.
Fellow Senior Captain Tyler Keough wasn’t able to find the endzone against the Wildcats, but definitely left a mark on the season as one of the Redmen’s most all-around players. Offense, defense, special teams, you name it, Keough was in every part of the gameplan this season and contributed wherever he could to this football team. In his senior season, Keough scored 5 touchdowns, had 27 PATs, and a 28-yard field goal.
With Aylward missing some games this season, one would think the Redmen rushing game would drop significantly in yardage this season, but that wasn’t the case. The 3-headed monster at the running back position of junior Kyle Darrigo, junior Kalu Olu, and sophomore Danny Fleming contributed over a combined 1,400 rushing yards in only their first year as starters. Darrigo led the way as the lead back with 744 rushing and 15 total touchdowns.
Second to Darrigo was Olu as he had 462 rushing yards for 3 touchdowns. Last but not least was standout sophomore Danny Fleming. Fleming had over 200 yards rushing and receiving, as he found the endzone 6 times this season. All three will look to dominate the Redmen rushing game for the 2020 season.
Coach Brian Aylward will look to reload in 2020 as the offensive line consisted of all seniors this year. 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, and will definitely be missed next season.
Congratulations to all the seniors and best of luck in your next chapter. My first season covering Tewksbury Redmen football will always be a great memory, and I’m excited for the 2020 season on the new Doucette Field.
See you all soon as I cover an upcoming exciting seasons of Redmen boys and girls basketball.
(All stats credited to Tewksbury Town Crier’s Jamie Pote).