SUDBURY, Mass. -– With the game on the line and a need for a big play, Tewksbury quarterback Johnny Aylward looked for the receiver whom he calls his "best friend".
Aylward threw a 52-yard touchdown pass to fellow senior Kevin Dick (5 catches, 85 yards), giving the Redmen the lead for good with 1:28 left in the fourth quarter. Following a fumble recovery that resulted in a Troy Carey touchdown on the imposing kickoff and a Lincoln-Sudbury touchdown moments before the end of the game, the Redmen (2-0) sealed off a 27-21 victory on the road over L-S (1-1).
“They were backed off a little bit and that their ends came up and played flat," Aylward said. "We knew that they were giving the corners help, so we knew that if we could go off play action then we could get that post. You have to get them to bite on that post and then dump it down to the wheel."
Tewksbury has worked on the play since camp, itching for the opportunity to find a corner who could potentially bite on the fake.
“We felt confident that we could get Kev behind him, and that’s who we busted out today,” said Aylward.
The Redmen got off to a slow start in the first half however. Lincoln-Sudbury quarterback Ben Colello was 11-of-13 for 81 yards through the air in the first half, and had a one-yard rushing touchdown on the first score of the game. After a 10-yard touchdown pass from Aylward to Dick in the second quarter, the Warriors ended the first half on a high note, going up 14-7 on a goal line rush by Adam Gigliotti.
“It’s hard, we always talk about ‘no sacks, no turnovers, no penalties,’ we didn’t give up any sacks tonight, but we had some turnovers and we had some penalties—those are drive killers,” Tewksbury coach Brian Aylward, Johnny’s father, said after the game. “We can’t do those things and expect to beat a team like Lincoln-Sudbury.”
Of his father's halftime speech, Johnny said, “He just said stick together, don’t get down on yourselves, don’t get down on each other, and if we just starting falling apart, start pointing fingers, he said that’s just gonna tear us apart. Keep our energy up and try to battle back.
“We just had to fix some protection. The line ended up playing great in the second half and just kind of threw the ball more and then pound it in the A-gaps.”
The Redmen were able to fight their way back by tying the game in the third quarter on a touchdown by junior fullback Tom Casey (12 carries, 96 yards, TD). Casey was integral on several long drives for Tewksbury in the first half, and helped keep Lincoln-Sudbury’s defense in check in the second.
“We’ll go through this season and nobody will know his name because he blocks for two high profile guys," Brian said of his fullback. "He’s a facemasher, he sticks his face in there, and he’s been that way since he was a younger kid. I love him, I love the way he works, he only has one speed on the field, in school, in practice."
“He’s the kind of guy we like to have on the team... We‘re fortunate to beat a good team and a good program, but we have some things to work on.”
TEWKSBURY 27, LINCOLN-SUDBURY 21
TEW (2-0) 7 0 7 13 --- 27
L-S (1-1) 7 7 0 7 --- 21
L - Ben Colello 1 run (Greg Roder kick)
T - Kevin Dick 10 pass from Johnny Aylward (Mitchell Miskell kick)
L - Adam Gigliotti 4 run (Roder kick)
T - Tom Casey 1 run (Miskell kick)
T - Dick 52 pass from Aylward (Miskell kick)
T - Troy Carey 30 fumble return (kick failed)
L - Greg Roder 3 run (Roder kick)