Boston High School: Chris Bettano

Recap: Duxbury 35, Tewksbury 0

December, 3, 2011
12/03/11
7:24
PM ET


FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- There was no drama in Saturday's Eastern Massachusetts Division 2 Super Bowl.

Duxbury entered the contest as a heavy favorite against Tewksbury, and seized control early. The Dragons built a 28-point first-half lead and posted a comfortable 35-0 victory.

Duxbury received three touchdown passes from quarterback Matt O'Keefe and two touchdown runs from Jon Hurvitz. O'Keefe, a senior, completed 8 of 18 passes for 135 yards in the victory, and finished the season with 35 touchdown passes.

“I couldn't be more happy right now,” O'Keefe said. “It's just nice to have receivers out there who are incredibly athletic, and our line played awesome. We were firing on all cylinders, so it was just a lot of fun.”

Duxbury completed the season with a 13-0 record and extended the program's winning streak to 26 games.

“We always want to start fast,” Duxbury head coach Dave Maimaron said. “We were able to do that today. The defense was able to cause a couple turnovers as well. It was a huge start to the game.”

Duxbury turned each of Tewksbury's three first-half turnovers into touchdowns. After an interception on Tewksbury's opening possession handed Duxbury the ball on Tewksbury's 29-yard line, Hurvitz opened the scoring on a 1-yard touchdown run six plays later.

The Dragons doubled their lead when O'Keefe hooked up with Reilly Naton for a 36-yard touchdown pass, and then fumbles set up Duxbury's two other first-half touchdowns.

Tewksbury quarterback Kevin Saunders fumbled while being sacked and Duxbury recovered on the Tewksbury 24. Hurvitz cashed in on that opportunity when he scored on a 2-yard run.

Duxbury's final TD in the half came on a 7-yard pass from O'Keefe to Don Webber with 39 seconds to play. That scoring drive took three plays and 21 seconds after the Redmen fumbled on their own 9. It was Webber's 11th touchdown catch of the season.

“If there was one team in the Super Bowls that nobody wanted to play it was Duxbury,” Tewksbury coach Brian Aylward said. “They showed why. They're very good. They're tough.”

Duxbury's final touchdown came on a 27-yard pass from O'Keefe to James Burke with 2:58 remaining.

Tewksbury completed its season with a 7-6 record. The Redmen have played in five other Super Bowls: 1981, 1985, 1990, 1995 and 1996.

“We knew we were gonna be up against it,” Aylward said. “These guys have a lot to be proud of. Tonight wasn't our night.”

Doing it with defense: Duxbury's offense, which entered the game averaging 34.7 points per game, may have received most of the media attention this season, but the Dragons have played some stingy defense as well.

Duxbury allowed an average of 6.7 points per game through its first 11 contests, and posted its sixth shutout of the season Saturday. Ten of Duxbury's 13 opponents failed to score more than seven points, and the Dragons allowed 27 points in their last eight games.

“I can't talk enough about our defense,” O'Keefe said. “They are the best defense in the state. We only had to score one touchdown against King Philip [in the semifinals) and we won the game {7-0]. The defense is athletic, they fly to the ball and do their job.”

Duxbury held Tewksbury to 12 yards of offense – 2 yards rushing and 10 yards passing --in the first half. The Redmen failed to convert on each of their four third-down opportunities and committed three turnovers (two fumbles).

The Redmen finished the game with 106 yards of offense and were 1 of 9 on third-down conversions.

Tewksbury running back Chris Bettano began the game with 1,313 yards rushing, but was held to 82 on 19 carries.

“Our defense has been unbelievable all year long,” Maimaron said.

Lucky 13: It was the second Super Bowl victory in as many years for Duxbury, which beat Concord-Carlisle 35-13 in last year's Division 2A Super Bowl.

Duxbury also won the Division 2A Super Bowl in 2005 (28-13 over Bishop Stang) and in 2008 (46-26 over Gloucester). The Dragons also finished 13-0 during their three other Super Bowl seasons.

Duxbury's 26-game winning streak is the longest in the state.

“We're gonna miss this entire senior class,” Maimaron said. “They've won a lot of games and they haven't lost in a long time.”

DUXBURY 35, TEWKSBURY 0
Tewksbury (7-5 ) 0 0 0 0 – 0
Duxbury (13-0) 7 21 0 7 – 35


1st Quarter
Dux – Jon Hurvitz 1 run (Tucker Hannon kick), 4:18.

2nd Quarter
Dux – Reilly Naton 36 pass from Matt O'Keefe (Hannon kick), 7:07.
Dux – Hurvitz 2 run (Hannon kick), 2:53.
Dux – Don Webber 7 pass from O'Keefe (Hannon kick), :39.

4th Quarter
Dux – James Burke 27 pass from O'Keefe (Hannon kick), 2:58.

Recap: Tewksbury 21, Reading 6

November, 30, 2011
11/30/11
1:10
AM ET
READING, Mass. -- Tewksbury is not a flashy team by any means, lacking a big-play threat through the air that strikes fear in the hearts of opponents. That’s okay, because it did not need one Tuesday in its 21-6 victory over Reading.

Tewksbury moves on to the Division 2 Super Bowl Saturday at 3:30 p.m. against Duxbury at Gillette Stadium.

Its ability to sustain drives set itself apart from Reading (8-4) for most of the game. Reading struck first when Drew Belcher hit Ryan Maney for a 70-yard touchdown when Maney burned the Tewksbury defensive backs on a post route in the middle of the field. Reading ran five consecutive running plays, which helped sucked the defense in to defending the run, allowing Maney to run free when called upon.

Tewksbury (7-5) answered back with a three-minute drive that was capped off by an 11-yard touchdown pass from Kevin Saunders to Chris Bettano (21 carries, 72 yards). After each team had an unsuccessful two-point conversion attempt, they went into the half tied at 6.

After Reading punted on its opening drive to start the third quarter, Tewksbury had a four-minute drive that was capped off by a 9-yard Bettano touchdown run. Saunders made what was the most jaw-dropping play of the day on the two-point conversion.

He took the snap and ran to the right, looking for a hole to open up, but quickly saw that none were available. In an attempt to change direction, he avoided one shoe-string tackle and headed back to the left side of the field. Along the way, he got help from two key blocks on defenders that appeared to be chasing him down from behind. Finally, when he was running out of real estate, he cut up towards the endzone and plowed his way through a group to get in for what probably was the hardest two-point conversion he’s had all season.

Reading failed to turn its next drive into points and was forced to punt back to Tewksbury. All the Redmen did was execute an 8:14 drive spanning two quarters, taking most of the fourth quarter away from Reading.

Unfortunately for Tewksbury, it did not score on that drive. Bettano fumbled into the Reading endzone as he was trying to score and put the game away, but it was recovered by the Rockets.

“In every single big game we’ve had this year, we’ve been able to (sustain long drives),” Tewksbury head coach Brian Aylward said. “These kids are savvy enough to know and understand situations and how important that is. We talk all the time about having an elevated sense of urgency when we need a big play. At the beginning of the year their idea of a big play was a third-and-forever, now they understand how important a second-and-eight is. That’s an important play at that point in the game.”

On the fist play after the touchback, Saunders, playing linebacker, tipped Belcher’s pass into the air and his teammate, Derrick Tarpey, came down with the interception.

He returned it to the Reading 10-yard line and a few plays later, Daniel Altavesta (8 carries, 30 yards) punched in a touchdown to put the game away for good.

--- On Tewksbury’s 8:14 drive, it was 3-for-3 on 3rd down conversions. Aylward credited his offensive line’s conditioning for allowing the offense to keep the drive moving when the team needed it the most.

“Their conditioning has to be good because they aren’t the biggest guys,” he said. “These guys have worked awfully hard to stay in shape and be in a position where they can play for 40 minutes and I’m just so proud of them. I think they’re all tough guys and they’re going to go down as a special group here, regardless of what happens.”

--- Coming from the Merrimack Valley Conference, Tewksbury is very familiar with the intricacies of the spread offense and how to defend it. It used that knowledge to its full advantage Tuesday, keeping the Reading rushing attack to only 49 yards on the ground and Belcher to 10-of-22 for 132 yards, one touchdown, and an interception. “We’ve seen similar-type offenses over the course of the year so we were somewhere comfortable playing against the spread,” said Aylward. “Our league offers us a lot, and one of those things is you get an awful lot of different looks. (Reading) does a lot of different things on offense and I think our guys went out there and executed the gameplan. We had one breakdown and that hurt us, so we knew a breakdown against a team the quality of Reading would exploit that and they did. Every time we made a mistake they hurt us for a first down or a big touchdown.”

TEWKSBURY 21, READING 6
TEW --- 0 - 6 - 8 - 7 --- 21
REA --- 0 - 6 - 0 - 0 --- 6

2nd quarter
R - Ryan Maney 70-yard pass from Drew Belcher (2-point conversion failed)
T - Chris Bettano 11-yard pass from Kevin Saunders (2-point conversion failed)

3rd quarter
T - Bettano 9-yard run (Saunders 2-point conversion run good)

4th quarter
T - Daniel Altavesta 4-yard run (Matt Blaisdell kick good)

Mr. Football Watch: Week 9

October, 31, 2011
10/31/11
11:26
AM ET
HOW THE CONTENDERS FARED

George Craan, Sr. RB, Concord-Carlisle - The Patriots scored on their first three plays from scrimmage in a 38-21 defeat of Weston, taking a 22-0 lead after five minutes and going up 38-0 at the half. Once again, short night of work for Craan, who scored his 15th rushing touchdown of the season.
Jonathan DiBiaso, Sr. QB, Everett - Threw for six touchdown passes in a 41-14 rout of Medford and broke the state all-time record (85) in the process, completing 9 of 12 passes for 209 yards. He now has 88 career touchdown passes, and will likely have five more games to eclipse the century mark.
Nick LaSpada, Sr. QB, Billerica - In the Indians' 40-30 barnburner over Lowell, was 15 of 28 passing for 233 yards and a touchdown, and also ran for 112 yards and another score.
Sacoy Malone, Sr. RB, Springfield Central - Ran for 144 yards and a score in the Golden Eagles' 41-12 win over Agawam.
Matt Montalto, Sr. QB, Dennis-Yarmouth - Accounted for three scores in the Dolphins' 28-0 shutout of Plymouth South, completing 9 of 15 passes for 146 yards and a score, and rushing for 81 yards and two more scores.
T.J. Norris, Sr. RB, Longmeadow - Carried the ball 15 times for 140 yards and four scores in the Lancers' 42-7 rout of Westfield.
Matt O'Keefe, Sr. QB, Duxbury - In the Green Dragons' 34-7 win over Silver Lake, the Johns Hopkins lacrosse commit was 16 of 25 passing for 210 yards and three touchdowns.
Melquawn Pinkney, Sr. RB, Putnam - In the Beavers' 48-0 shutout of Amherst, ran for 224 yards and four scores, as they outgained the Hurricanes 500-51 in yards of offense.
Armani Reeves, Sr. RB/WR, Catholic Memorial - In the Knights' 26-7 win over St. John's Prep, the Penn State commit amassed 238 all-purpose yards. He ran for 98 yards and a score on eight carries, returned a punt 72 yards to the house, and hauled in a 34-yard catch.
Nick Schlatz, Sr. RB, Bridgewater-Raynham - Ran for 132 yards and a touchdown, part of 346 total yards on the ground by the Trojans, in a 30-6 win over Dartmouth.
Cody Titus, Sr. RB, St. Bernard's - Eclipsed the 300-yard mark for the second time this season, on 29 carries, in a 40-32 loss to Narragansett.
Brandon Walsh, Sr. QB, North Andover - Easy night for Walsh in the Knights' 34-6 win over Revere, completing all three of his pass attempts for 28 yards and running in two touchdowns.
Michael Walsh, Sr. QB, Swampscott - In the Big Blue's 47-14 thrashing of Danvers, was 12 of 20 passing for 245 yards and four touchdowns. He also carried 10 times for 68 yards and two more scores, and from his safety spot on defense recorded three tackles and an interception.

ON THE RISE

Chris Bettano, Sr. RB, Tewksbury - Carried 32 times for 158 yards and two scores, and ran in the winning two-point conversion in overtime, in a 26-24 thriller over Methuen.
Shane Blass, Sr. RB, Walpole - Racked up 207 yards rushing and two scores on just nine carries, in a 34-0 blanking of Newton North.
Ozzy Colarusso, Jr. WR, Weymouth - Hauled in three touchdown passes and ran in a fourth score, in a 47-7 win over Braintree.
Jamison Craft, Sr. RB, Gardner - Carried 19 times for 191 yards and two touchdowns in a 35-0 shutout of Lunenburg.
Brian Dunlap, Fr. WR, Natick - We know Dunlap, who ranks second in the state in touchdown receptions (11), can catch. In the 49-24 win over Needham, he hauled in two catches for 51 yards, but he also carried 12 times for 69 yards and three scores to pace the REd and Blue.
Dan Flink, Sr. RB, Auburn - The bulldozer carried 14 times for 75 yards and five touchdowns -- all in the first half -- in the Rockets' 42-14 rout of Grafton.
Troy Flutie, Soph. QB, Natick - In the Red and Blue's 49-24 win over Needham, completed 11 of 14 passes for 181 yards and two scores; he also ran for 124 yards and two more scores on 23 carries.
Jake Frechette, Sr. RB, Holliston - The four-year starter became the Panthers' all-time leading rusher following Friday's 35-13 rout of Millis/Hopedale, carrying 19 times for 151 yards and two touchdowns.
Greg Heineman, Sr. QB, Minnechaug - In the Falcons' 35-12 win over Holyoke, he completed 17 of 22 passes (to eight different receivers) for 143 yards and three total touchdowns.
Maurice Hurst Jr., Jr. FB/DT, Xaverian - He's becoming a household name for his work on the defensive side of the ball. But it was his work carrying the ball in Saturday's 27-9 win over St. John's of Shrewsbury that had everyone talking, with 126 yards and two scores on nine carries -- including a 75-yard scamper.
Cam McLevedge, Sr. QB, Weymouth - Threw five touchdown passes in a 47-7 rout of Braintree, bringing his season total to a state-best 30.
Marcus Odiah, Jr. RB, Burlington - Carried 12 times for 196 yards and three touchdowns, in a 44-12 rout of Watertown.
Quron Wright, Jr. RB, Holy Name - The pint-sized scatback ran for a career-high 226 yards in a 33-14 win over Algonquin.

Mr. Football Watch: Week 8

October, 24, 2011
10/24/11
11:59
AM ET
HOW THE CONTENDERS FARED

Preston Cooper, Sr. RB, BC High - Had 15 carries for 168 yards on Everett before a serious ankle injury late in the third quarter. The midseason All-State selection is all but done for the season.
George Craan, Sr. RB, Concord-Carlisle - Ran for 244 yards and three touchdowns in the Patriots' 35-12 win over Acton-Boxborough, their first victory over the Colonials since 1987.
Jonathan DiBiaso, Sr. QB, Everett - In the win over BC High, he was 14 of 28 passing for 252 yards and a touchdown, and added two rushing scores. He's now three touchdown passes off the state all-time mark, and could break it this Friday against Medford.
Nick LaSpada, Sr. QB, Billerica - In the Indians' 28-20 double-overtime thriller over Haverhill, he accounted for both overtime scores. He finished with 167 yards passing and another 50 on the ground.
Sacoy Malone, Sr. RB, Springfield Central - Turned in a record-setting evening in the Golden Eagles' 49-7 rout of Northampton, rushing for 301 yards and seven scores on just 15 carries.
Matt Montalto, Sr. QB, Dennis-Yarmouth - Another game, another 200 yards of offense. This week, in a 42-0 blanking of Cranston West (R.I.), he threw for 143 yards and ran for another 102, totaling three scores.
T.J. Norris, Sr. RB, Longmeadow - Carried 10 times for 170 yards and four touchdowns in a 47-0 romp of Agawam.
Matt O'Keefe, Sr. QB, Duxbury - Threw for 87 yards on 3 of 4 attempts, and totaled three scores in a 40-7 win over North Quincy.
Melquawn Pinkney, Sr. RB, Putnam - After four straight weeks of going over the 250 mark, Pinkney settled for 95 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries in the Beavers' 28-20 win over Chicopee.
Nick Schlatz, Sr. RB/LB, Bridgewater-Raynham - Carried 33 times for 158 yards and two scores in the Trojans' 28-22 double-overtime thriller over Xaverian.
Brandon Walsh, Sr. QB, North Andover - Thew for three touchdowns and added a fourth on the ground in a 42-6 win over Lynn Classical.

ON THE RISE

Khary Bailey-Smith, Sr. WR, Weymouth - With another touchdown catch in a 45-19 win over Norwood, the senior caught one in every game this season, for a Division 1-best 10.
Dan Barone, Sr. QB, Holliston - The 5-foot-10, 170-pounder was a workhorse in the Panthers' 20-0 shutout of Hopkinton, carrying the ball 28 times for 217 yards and two touchdowns.
Chris Bettano, Sr. RB, Tewksbury - Carried 19 times for 119 yards and two touchdowns in the Redmen's 21-14 win over Lowell.
A.J. Doyle, Sr. QB, Catholic Memorial - Threw four touchdown passes in a 33-13 win over Malden Catholic.
Brian Dunlap, Fr. WR, Natick - In the Red and Blue's 21-12 win over Braintree, caught two first-quarter touchdown passes to give him a Bay State Conference and Division 2A best 11 on the season.
Greg Heineman, Sr. QB, Minnechaug - Was 26 of 37 passing for 343 yards in the Falcons' 21-14 win over Westfield.
Vondell Langston, Sr. RB/LB, Everett - It was his second straight week going over the century mark, rushing for 102 yards and two scores in the Tide's 35-21 win over BC High.
Trevor Leandro, Sr. QB, Dartmouth - In the Indians' surprise 56-28 blowout of New Bedford, was a perfect 5 for 5 passing for 146 yards and two scores, and tacked on another 146 yards on the ground for three scores on just 14 carries.
Obi Melifonwu, Sr. RB, Grafton - The UConn commit ran for 109 yards and three first-half touchdowns in a 37-19 win over Oxford.
Tim O'Brien, Sr. RB, East Bridgewater - Ran for 147 yards and two scores on just six carries, and added another touchdown through the air, in a 41-0 shutout of Norwell.
Kenny Pierce, Sr. RB, Beverly - Had his second game five-touchdown game of the season, this time on just nine carries for 256 yards, in a 47-0 blanking of Danvers.
C.J. Scarpa, Jr. QB, Andover - Threw for three touchdown passes in the Golden Warriors' 52-13 win over Methuen, giving him 16 on the year.

Mr. Football Watch: Week 6

October, 10, 2011
10/10/11
12:24
PM ET
HOW THE CONTENDERS FARED

George Craan, Sr. RB, Concord-Carlisle - Easy week for him in the Patriots' 35-7 rout of Boston Latin. He had just five carries for 135 yards and two scores.
D.J. Crook, Sr. QB, Barnstable - Looks he won't be appearing on this list for a few weeks. He fractured the thumb on his throwing hand in the second half of a 31-17 loss to New Bedford last Friday, meaning he'll be sitting at 74 career touchdown passes for a while. He did managed to throw for 135 yards on 13 of 19 passing.
Casey DeAndrade, Sr. RB, East Bridgewater - The UNH commit ran for two touchdowns in the Vikings' 36-12 win over Cohasset, bringing season season total to 12.
Jonathan DiBiaso, Sr. QB, Everett - Threw five touchdown passes in the No. 1 Crimson Tide's 41-8 rout of Taunton, bringing his career total to 79. It's a very real possibility he'll break Tom Colombo's state record of 85 sometime over the next two weeks.
Nick LaSpada, Sr. QB, Billerica - Threw for 209 yards and two scores in the Indians' 20-14 win over Tewksbury.
Sacoy Malone, Sr. RB, Springfield Central - Carried 16 times for 141 yards in the Golden Eagles' 36-15 win over East Longmeadow.
Matt Montalto, Sr. QB, Dennis-Yarmouth - In the Dolphins' 27-18 win over Plymouth North, he completed 7 of 13 passes for 236 yards and added 71 yards on seven carries on the ground, totaling three scores.
T.J. Norris, Sr. RB, Longmeadow - Carried 14 times for 101 yards and two scores in the Lancers' 34-7 win over Holyoke.
Matt O'Keefe, Sr. QB, Duxbury - Another brilliant performance for the Johns Hopkins lacrosse commit, in a big 31-14 win over Xaverian. He was 16 of 22 passing for 230 yards and two scores, and added 76 yards on the ground on 14 carries.
Melquawn Pinkney, Sr. RB, Putnam - Carried 23 times for 352 yards and six scores in the Cybercats' 54-22 win over Chicopee Comp. In the last three weeks, he's carried 68 times for 1,035 yards and 16 touchdowns. That's an average of 15.2 yards per carry.
Armani Reeves, Sr. RB, Catholic Memorial - The Penn State commit had rushing touchdowns in the first and fourth quarters to seal the Knights' 35-14 win over Hingham.
Michael Walsh. Sr. QB, Swampscott - Threw for three touchdowns in the Big Blue's 24-23 comeback win over Triton.

ON THE RISE

Chris Bettano, Sr. RB, Tewksbury - Ran for 122 yards on 15 carries in the 20-14 loss to Billerica.
Matt Clifford, Jr. WR/KR, Billerica - Amassed nearly 300 all-purpose yards in the Indians' 20-14 win over Tewksbury, hauling in both of Nick LaSpada's touchdown passes and returning a kickoff 91 yards for the game-winning score.
Alex Eaton, Sr. RB, Westford - In the Grey Ghosts' 48-14 stomping of Newton South, carried 16 times for 139 yards and two scores, and added a 90-yard kickoff return for a third score.
Geeavontie Griffith, Sr. RB, Boston Cathedral - Carried 10 times for 180 yards and all four of the Panthers' scores in a 32-0 win over Charlestown. On the year, he has 917 rushing yards on 62 carries, for 11 touchdowns.
Myles Medeiros, Sr. QB, New Bedford - In the 31-17 win over Barnstable, was 17 of 26 passing for 227 yards and a touchdown. He also carried six times for 53 yards.
Reilly Naton, Sr. WR/DB, Duxbury - The Yale lacrosse commit asserted himself at the most crucial point of the Dragons' 31-14 comeback win over Xaverian. He had back to back receiving touchdowns to give them the lead for good, and sealed the game late with an interception.
R.J. Noel, Sr. QB, Lowell - In the Raiders' 35-20 win over Dracut, he ran for 127 yards and a score on the ground, and added 96 yards and two scores through the air.
Ian Riley, Jr. RB, Needham - Ran for 162 yards and three scores in the Rockets' 34-0 shutout of Weymouth, giving him six rushing touchdowns in the last two weeks.

Recap: Billerica 20, Tewksbury 14

October, 7, 2011
10/07/11
11:05
PM ET
BILLERICA, Mass. -- At some point, opposing teams and players are going to have to figure out how to keep Billerica junior Matt Clifford from hurting them.

Add Tewksbury to the list of teams he’s torched.

For the second week in a row, the wide receiver/defensive back had a huge night on offense, defense and special teams, scoring all three touchdowns in Billerica’s 20-14 win over Tewksbury in a Merrimack Valley Conference crossover game.

Clifford caught two touchdown passes, returned a kickoff for a score and also made an interception, putting up nearly 300 all-purpose yards. His 91-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the third quarter -- his second kick return for a touchdown in as many weeks -- swung the momentum back in the hosts’ favor and completed the scoring as the Indians improved to 4-1 overall and 3-0 in the MVC.

Tewksbury fell to 2-3 and 2-2.

“Like I said last week, we were great out here,” Clifford said. “Great coaching. We were a little up and down (in the) first half. Second half we came around.”

Tewksbury, coming off consecutive wins over MVC Large opponents Andover and Central Catholic, showed grit and ingenuity after losing starting quarterback Kevin Saunders to injury. Running back Chris Bettano (15 carries, 122 yards) had a successful night on the ground, and the Redmen expertly executed two trick plays in the first half, but in the end Clifford and Billerica had a few more weapons.

Some other quick thoughts on this entertaining contest...

No secondary concerns: Billerica has been solid in the defensive backfield the past two weeks. In addition to Clifford, the Indians also got some huge plays from Nick LaSpada (209 yards passing, 2 TDs), Cam Slatton and Jason Ferri. First, Slatton batted away a sure touchdown pass near the left pylon on fourth down to deny Tewksbury from the Billerica 9-yard line at the end of the first half. Then, in the fourth quarter, Ferri dropped Bettano for a 6-yard loss to force a punt. LaSpada then helped seal the win with an interception on Tewksbury’s last possession. It was the second straight week LaSpada and Clifford each had an interception.

On the 'Mike': Friday night showcased two of the top middle linebackers in the MVC in Billerica’s Brian Thompson and Tewksbury’s Derek Tarpey. Each plays with a high football IQ and hits with authority. Tarpey made a big interception of LaSpada in the third quarter to set up a James Sullivan 22-yard touchdown run and Thompson simply made running between the tackles a difficult task for the Redmen for most of the night.

Thompson is listed at 5-foot-11, 210 pounds; and although Tarpey’s measurements are not listed, he looks around the same. Each plays with that mixture of intelligence and tenacity you look for in a middle linebacker and strike a little bit of fear in opposing ball-carriers.

Redmen keep you guessing: Good luck trying to game plan for Tewksbury’s offense. The Redmen showed a variety of looks and found ways to move the ball in almost every one. The Redmen lined up in everything from the single-wing to the I to the spread and you could almost never figure out exactly what was coming based on formation. Tewksbury scored on a 19-yard reverse pass from Frankie McLaughlin to Kevin Saunders and hit a 63-yard lateral pass from Dean Alves to James Sullivan, both in the first half.

When Saunders went down to injury, the Redmen used two backup quarterbacks -- sophomore Johnny Aylward and junior Zak DiRocco -- in the second half. Tewksbury coach Brian Aylward always seems to have a trick up his sleeve, and it’s very difficult to game plan for everything he throws at you.

BILLERICA 20, TEWKSBURY 14

TEW (2-3) 0 6 8 0 --- 14
BIL (4-1) 0 7 13 0 --- 20

Second Quarter
T - Kevin Saunders 19 pass from Frankie McLaughlin (kick failed)
B - Matt Clifford 78 pass from Nick LaSpada (Steven Trask kick)

Third Quarter
B - Clifford 43 pass from LaSpada (Trask kick)
T - James Sullivan 22 run (Chris Bettano pass from Zak DiRocco)
B - Clifford 91 kickoff return (kick failed)

Mr. Football Watch: Week 5

October, 3, 2011
10/03/11
12:22
PM ET
HOW THE CONTENDERS FARED

Khary Bailey-Smith, Sr. WR, Weymouth - Caught two touchdown passes in the Wildcats' 45-28 loss to Needham, bringing his season total to a Division 1-best seven.
Jonathan DiBiaso, Sr. QB, Everett - Completed 26 of 38 passes for 227 yards and four touchdowns in the Crimson Tide's 35-21 win over Barnstable.
Damion Johnson, Sr. WR/DB, Dennis-Yarmouth - It was a limited night through the air, save one big catch, but he was part of a defensive effort that held Falmouth to 41 first-half yards in the 41-8 win, and returned a punt 85 yards to the house in the third quarter to seal the win.
Nick LaSpada, Sr. QB, Billerica - Completed 14 of 23 passes for 239 yards and totaled three scores in a 40-14 win over Dracut.
Obi Melifonwu, Sr. RB/DB, Grafton - The UConn-bound Melifonwu ran for three touchdowns and a career-high 320 yards in a 34-18 win over Leicester.
Matt Montalto, Sr. QB, Dennis-Yarmouth - Attempted just five passes, completing two, while adding 97 rushing yards and a score on six carries, in a 41-8 rout of Falmouth.
T.J. Norris, Sr. RB, Longmeadow - Ran for 228 yards and four touchdowns in the Lancers' 41-27 win over West Springfield.
Matt O'Keefe, Sr. QB, Duxbury - The Johns Hopkins lacrosse commit was 14 of 18 passing for 230 yards and four touchdowns in a 37-0 shutout of Whitman-Hanson.
Melquawn Pinkney, Sr. RB, Putnam - Carried 28 times for 262 yards and four scores in a 34-6 win over Westfield. In the last two weeks, he has ran for 683 yards and 10 touchdowns on just 45 carries, for an average of 15.1 yards per carry.
Armani Reeves, Sr. ATH, Catholic Memorial - Throttled the Knights to a 42-0 beatdown of New Hampshire power Bishop Guertin with three touchdowns. He caught an eight-yard touchdown pass on the opening drive, and had touchdown runs of 41 and 69 yards -- his only two carries of the night. In the last five quarters, the Penn State commit has six touchdowns.
Brandon Walsh, Sr. QB, North Andover - Threw for 125 yards and ran for another 88, totaling four scores, in a 34-7 win over Newburyport.
Michael Walsh, Sr. QB, Swampscott - Accounted for 296 yards of offense and totaled four scores, while adding six tackles on defense, in a 33-19 win over Lynn English.

ON THE RISE

Chris Bettano, Sr. RB, Tewksbury - Ran for 130 yards and a score in the Redmen's 21-6 win over Central Catholic.
D.J. Crook, Sr. QB, Barnstable - Completed 31 of 57 passes for 294 yards and three scores in a 35-21 loss to No. 1 Everett.
Alex Eaton, Sr. RB, Westford - The Lehigh-bound lacrosse star went for a school-record 330 yards and five touchdowns in a 33-8 win over Groton-Dunstable. It's his third game of the season going over 200 yards of offense; through the first month he has 785 yards of offense.
Troy Flutie, Soph. QB, Natick - Accounted for 247 yards of offense and four touchdowns (two passing, two rushing) in a 34-12 win over Newton North.
Geeavontie Griffith, Sr. RB, Boston Cathedral - Off to an explosive first month of the season, he ran for 240 yards and two scores on 19 carries in an 18-16 win over Pope John Paul II. Through four games he has 52 carries for 737 yards and six touchdowns, with an average of 14.9 yards per carry.
Connor Kurtz, Jr. QB, St. John's (Shrewsbury) - Completed 10 of 17 passes for 267 yards and two scores in the Pioneers' 21-7 win over Wachusett.
Sacoy Malone, Sr. RB, Springfield Central - Ran for 168 yards and a score in a 41-12 win over Chicopee.
Marcus Odiah, Jr. RB, Burlington - Ran for 213 yards and four scores on 19 carries in a 34-26 win over Woburn. Through four games, the 3-1 Red Devils are averaging 39 points per game.
Bartley Regan, Sr. QB, BC High - Showed poise and promise in the Eagles' 35-19 loss to St. Peter's Prep (N.J.), completing 13 of 24 passes for 204 yards and two scores.
Charles Ruffin, Sr. RB, King Philip - Carried 21 times for 158 yards, and totaled three scores, in a 27-26 loss to Mansfield.

Mr. Football Watch: Week 4

September, 26, 2011
9/26/11
1:30
PM ET
HOW THE CONTENDERS FARED

Jonathan DiBiaso, Sr. QB, Everett - Completed 14 of 22 passes for 186 yards and three scores in a 35-0 blanking of St. John's Prep.
Preston Cooper, Sr. RB, BC High - Led the way in rushing for the Eagles in their 35-14 win over Chelmsford, carrying 20 times for 123 yards and a touchdown; he also added an 82-yard kickoff return for a score in the win.
Damion Johnson, Sr. WR, Dennis-Yarmouth - Caught nine passes for 96 yards and a score in the Dolphins' 42-12 rout of Hingham. In three games, he has 22 catches for 358 yards and five touchdowns.
Nick LaSpada, Sr. QB, Billerica - Threw a 50-yard touchdown pass and ran in a 25-yard score in the Indians' 23-14 win over Methuen.
Matt Montalto, Sr. QB, Dennis-Yarmouth - In the Dolphins' 42-12 win over Hingham, he completed 10 of 18 passes for 177 yards, and added 60 rushing yards, totaling four scores.
Matt O'Keefe, Sr. QB, Duxbury - The Johns Hopkins lacrosse commit was 14 of 20 passing for 220 yards and three scores, and added two rushing scores, in a dominant 42-19 win over New Bedford.
Melquawn Pinkney, Sr. RB, Springfield Putnam - Any time you run for 400 yards in a game, you launch yourself into 'Contender' territory on Mr. Football Watch. In Putnam's 66-0 blanking of Agawam Friday, Pinkney carried 17 times for 421 yard and six scores, setting a new Western Mass single-game record for rushing yards (and coming just four yards from the state record).
Armani Reeves, Sr. ATH, Catholic Memorial - In the Knights' 28-20 win over St. John's (Shrewsbury), the Penn State commit caught a touchdown pass in the first quarter and ran for two scores in the fourth to seal the deal.
Brandon Walsh, Sr. QB, North Andover - Threw for two touchdowns and ran in a third in the Scarlet Knights' 21-6 win over Westford.
Michael Walsh, Sr. QB, Swampscott - In the Big Blue's 28-0 win over Revere, was 10 of 21 passing for 191 yards, added 40 yards on the ground, and accounted for all four scores. On the year, he's completing nearly 69 percent of his passes, for 594 yards and seven touchdowns; on the ground, he's got over 300 yards and five scores.

ON THE RISE

Chris Bettano, Sr. RB, Tewksbury - In the Redmen's 38-28 upset of Andover, he was the catalyst, carrying 21 times for 233 yards and two touchdowns.
Shane Blass, Jr. RB, Walpole - Ran for 226 yards and three touchdowns in a 29-0 win over Brookline.
Vincent Burton, Sr. RB, Blue Hills - Had three touchdowns and over 100 yards rushing in a 40-0 shutout of North Shore, giving him a state-best 11 rushing scores on the season.
Ozzy Colarusso, Jr. RB/WR, Weymouth - Returned a kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown and added a 43-yard touchdown reception in a 28-0 shutout of Gloucester.
Dan Flink, Sr. RB, Auburn - Carried the ball 15 times for 191 yards and two scores, part of a 462-yard rushing effort by the Rockets in a 35-6 rout of St. Peter-Marian.
Cam McLevedge, Sr. QB, Weymouth - In the 28-0 blanking of Gloucester, threw two touchdown passes and ran in a third, bringing his season touchdown pass total to a state-best 11.
Derek Moore, Jr. WR, Nipmuc - Had six catches for 133 yards and two touchdowns in a 51-19 win over Bartlett.
Jim Perkins, Sr. RB, Millis - Carried 21 times for 225 yards and had scores of 36 and 71 yards, in a 28-0 win over Norton.
Mark Riley, Sr. TE, Needham - Continuing his blistering pace, had six catches for 134 yards and three scores in the Rockets' 34-2 win over Braintree.
Charles Ruffin, Sr. RB, King Philip - Had two rushing touchdowns in the 34-0 win over Sharon, giving him eight on the season through three games, second-best in Division 2.
Sean Wilson, Sr. RB, St. John's (Shrewsbury) - Carried 34 times for 160 yards and two touchdowns in the Pioneers' 28-20 loss to Catholic Memorial.

Tewksbury cruises by Lawrence in MVC opener

September, 18, 2010
9/18/10
5:56
PM ET
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)

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