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Saturday, September 18, 2010
Tewksbury cruises by Lawrence in MVC opener

By Neil Carroll

TEWKSBURY, Mass. -- In Saturday’s game against Lawrence, the Tewksbury offense established itself on the first drive and never relented. The Redmen beat Lawrence 35-6, but the intensity of the opening series was displayed the entire game.

"The whole team likes to play as a family," said Tewksbury tailback Anthony Arcari. "We talked about that all year and on that one drive the offensive line did their job, the quarterback did his job, we ran the ball well and it demonstrated all that Tewksbury can do."

On their first offensive possession, the Redmen demonstrated a gritty -- and yet fast -- running game. Arcari’s 14-yard touchdown run capped off the 10-play 65-yard drive and set the tone for the Redmen.

Arcari finished the game with 14 carries for 59 yards and two touchdowns but his seven carries for 50 yards on the first drive set an example for Tewksbury.

"I think guys in this league are going to learn that Anthony Arcari is not just a speed guy," Tewksbury head coach Brian Aylward said. "He's tough as nails, and a load to take down."

That mentality translated to the defensive side of the ball where the Redmen shut out Lawrence. The only Lancer score came in the second quarter when Jean Zorilla intercepted a Sean Connolly pass in the end zone and returned it 105 yards for a touchdown.

"The score should have been 42-0," Connolly said. "I made a mistake, but they didn’t score any points on our offense, and that is a credit to our defense."

Besides the interception, Connolly had a stellar game running the offense for the Redmen. He finished with 11 carries for 101 yards and a touchdown, and completed 6 of 10 passes for 105 yards with one touchdown and one interception.

"We expected a lot more out of the passing game," said Connolly. "But our running game really came through because of the good blocking."

The Lawrence defense had trouble with Tewksbury’s balanced attack and on offense the Lancers never established a true running game. Quarterback Miguel Rodriguez rushed nine times for 41 yards and completed 5 of 15 passes for 12 yards.

"You really try to spread the ball out and get everybody involved," Aylward said. “We know that if we’re going to have any success we need to have big contributions from everybody."

For Lawrence, the loss was a big letdown. After last week's victory over Lynn English, the Lancers were trying to keep up the same level of play.

"They beat us up front, but they beat us in every phase of the game -- they obviously wanted it more," Lawrence head coach Mike Yameen said. "We weren't the same team we were Friday night but we told these guys, if you want to win championships you have to win on Saturdays."

Tewksbury 35, Lawrence 6
LAW 0 6 0 0 --- 6
TEW 13 15 0 7 --- 35

1st Quarter
T - Chris Arcari 14 run (Sean McCarthy kick)
T - Chris Bettano 18 catch from Sean Connolly (kick failed)
2nd Quarter
T - Arcari 2 run (Ryan Vibber catch from Sean Connolly)
L - Jean Zorilla 105 interception return (kick failed)
T - Sean Connolly 6 run (McCarthy kick)
4th Quarter
T - David Gallotto 16 run (McCarthy kick)