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Junior Ghosts Have A Tough Week Against Lawrence


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Westford Patriot Team 6 vs. Lawrence 40

The Jr. Ghosts battled in the heat against Lawrence Sunday.

Lawrence got on the board first.  The Ghosts came back with their only score of the game when Jacob Stanglewicz intercepted on the Westford 28, picked up some blockers and went 72 yards for a pick-6.

Much of the remainder of the game was a defensive struggle for Westford.  Jeff Battle had 5 tackles and a near sack. Jacob Simas, Colin Slafkosky, Justin Quinton, Daniel Wilson, Tommy Olmstead, and Tyler Bella each had multiple tackles. Cameron Barisano, and Simas both got their hands on the ball to break up Lawrence pass attempts.

On the offensive side of the ball, Nick Lofria, Battle, Simas, Jon Magee, Kyle Sweeney, Slaflosky, Quinton, and Liam Shockley provided key blocking.  In addition to completing passes to Olmstead, Wilson, and Stanglewicz, Barisano had a 14-yard run for a 1st down.  Bella and Simas also had strong runs against a tough Lawrence defense.


Kaden Silton gets ready to run a route for the Jr. Ghosts (credit: Mike Saunders)
Kaden Silton gets ready to run a route for the Jr. Ghosts (credit: Mike Saunders)

Westford B Team 0 vs Lawrence 32

The Jr. Ghosts played a hard fought game Sunday against a tough Lawrence Hurricanes team.  Nick Antes and Jake Gross were able to grind out some tough yards on offense.  Antes led the charge on defense as well, as he and several other Jr. Ghosts made some big tackles.  Tony Roddy was in on some gang tackles with Isaac Mulcahy and Adam Ohanian.  Ohanian had several tackles for losses as well as 2 quarterback sacks.  The Jr. Ghosts travel to Cawley Stadium in Lowell to battle the Red Raiders on Sunday.


Bobby MacCormack (#7) with the ball (credit: Mike Saunders)
Bobby MacCormack (#7) with the ball (credit: Mike Saunders)

Westford C Team 8 vs Lawrence 36

Westford jumped out to an early 8 to 6 lead on Brian Scannell’s touchdown run and Justin Lokere’s 2 point, point after kick.  The Ghosts weren’t able to finish any of their long drives and ultimately succumbed to Lawrence’s blazing speed.  Rowan Ruggiero, Matt Acabbo and John Clark all ran the ball for some big yards.  Ruggiero added three straight tackles for loss on a goal line stand near the end of the game.  The Ghost defense played hard with Mike Morash stripping and recovering a Lawrence fumble.  Ryan Battle made some big stops from the defensive end spot.  The Jr. Ghosts venture to Lowell to play the Red Raiders on Sunday.


Owen Crann runs through a gap produced by Tony Babineau (#63) and Aiden Murphy (credit: Mike Saunders)
Owen Crann runs through a gap produced by Tony Babineau (#63) and Aiden Murphy (credit: Mike Saunders)

Westford D Team 13 vs. Lawrence 34

Westford’s D-Team lined up against Lawrence for a steaming, ninety degree game on Sunday.

Captains Jason Pillion, Kyle Murray, Tyler Murray and Nate Brown led the team at Westford Academy.

In the first half Luke Reynolds and Ryan Blagg made several ten yard runs to move the ball down the field. Nick Manzi, Michael Picanso, Connor Moncreaf and Elliot Bradley had big tackles. Jack Gould and Cole Stickel were able to prevent a breakaway touchdown. Westford’s offense came to within the ten yard line as time ran out in the first half.

Luke Fremault made a great tackle on fourth down to stop Lawrence in the beginning of the second half. Jason Pillion, Kyle Murray and Conner Moncreaf made key tackles in the second half.   Luke Reynolds had several pass plays to Ryan Blagg to get Westford to the one yard line before Blagg ran in for the touchdown. Lawrence came back scoring quickly. Westford answered back with several passing plays between Reynolds and Blagg which resulted in Westford’s final score. The Westford D-Team will play at Lowell next Sunday at 9:30 a.m.


Westford E Tea vs Lawrence

Westford executed well on offense, defense and special teams, securing an impressive win and continuing a series of strong performances.

Lawrence struggled to find a solution for Westford’s dynamic cast of running backs, led by Bobby MacCormack, Andrew Stodden, Matthew Morash, and Tommy Galvin. With the core runners ripping through the Hurricanes’ defense for substantial gains, coaches spread the offensive load to other backs, including Owen Crann, Tony Babineau, Quinn Reynolds, and Kaden Silton.


Westford’s effective ground game got a substantial boost from the tenacious blocking of Tanner Whitehouse, TJ Kane, Carter Scanlan, and Trey Dunham.


For most of the game, Lawrence found its offense shut down by a swarming defense led by Ben Schaffer, Thurman Hargrove, Odin Scott, Peter Burdin, and Aiden Murphy. With few holes open, the Hurricanes were only able to spring free for a few scattered runs of any length.


One 50-yard burst was hauled down at Westford’s 6-yard line, giving the Hurricanes their best scoring opportunity. Lawrence attempted two inside handoffs that Westford stuffed for no gain, then a strong defensive line surge caused a Lawrence fumble that Westford recovered on its own 8.


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