MIAA & NEPSAC scoreboard – 12.16.2016

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Boys’ basketball

Catholic Memorial 86, New Bedford 57
Fitchburg 59, Wachusett 51
Hamilton-Wenham 67, Amesbury 44
Maynard 50, Littleton 33
Quaboag 75, Grafton 64
Weston 69, Boston Latin 52
Westwood 50, Medway 45

Girls’ basketball

Bishop Stang 42, St. Joseph’s Prep 32
Leominster 55, Groton-Dunstable 48
Reading 56, Burlington 46
St. Andrew’s 61, Lawrence Academy 55

Boys’ hockey

Culver (Ind.) 5, Cushing 1
Culver (Ind.) 5, Lawrence Academy 3
Dartmouith 6, Cape Cod Tech/Cape Cod Academy 1
Lawrence Academy 3, Holderness 0
Proctor 2, Dexter 0

Girls’ hockey

Hebron 2, St. George’s 1



MIAA football – Littleton dominates Ayer-Shirley

AYER – The Littleton Tigers capped off yet another successful season with a dominating 48-12 victory over the Ayer-Shirley Panthers Thursday morning at Ayer-Shirley High.

With the score 8-6 in favor of Littleton to begin the second quarter, the Panthers had 1st and 10 at the Littleton 15. However, three consecutive backfield stops by Tigers defensive lineman Brady Hunt led to a turnover on downs.

From there, Littleton rattled off 40 unanswered points, including two rushing touchdowns and two passing touchdowns by Anthony Rausa, who racked up 140 total yards. 93 of those yards came on touchdown strikes to Jackson Ellis and Hunter Miller. Eric Rauker, who was named game MVP for Littleton, carried the ball 12 times for 91 yards and two touchdowns as well.

“Our starters played for about three quarters and Ayer-Shirley came out and played hard,” Littleton head coach Mike Lynn said. “They came out and hit us, their quarterback gave us problems and he did some good things in the first half. But then our guys started playing. We had a couple of untimely mistakes in the first half and our seniors rose to the occasion.”

The Tigers never punted, never trailed and held the Panthers to just 159 yards of total offense, 81 of which came on a first quarter touchdown rush by quarterback Steven Lawton (16 carries, 104 yards). Mick Mitrano had the other touchdown for Ayer-Shirley late in the fourth quarter.

It was the last game for an accomplished Littleton senior class that included Rausa, Rauker, Miller, Sawyer Landfors (6 carries, 82 yards) and many other key contributors. For Ayer-Shirley, they will return most of their roster next year, graduating just three players – running back Bryan Gintner, receiver Tyler Holmes and tight end Keith Kidder.

“This team has had a lot of solid players, a lot of very good players, but we never relied on one kid,” Lynn said. “It was different kids every game.”

“We’ve all been playing together for so long, we’re a pretty tight-knit group,” Rauker said. “We all work out together every morning, we all go to school together. It’s definitely something special, and I’ll miss it.”

Littleton finished the season at 8-3. Ayer-Shirley finished at 4-7.

LITTLETON 48, AYER-SHIRLEY 12

L (8-3) – 8 24 16 0 – 48
AS (4-7) – 6 0 0 6 – 12

SCORING PLAYS
L – Eric Rauker 2 rush (Anthony Rausa rush)
AS – Steven Lawton 81 rush (kick blocked)
L – Rausa 3 rush (Rausa rush)
L – Rausa 47 pass to Jackson Ellis (Rauker rush)
L- Rausa 46 pass to Hunter Miller (Rausa pass to Miller)
L – Rauker 6 rush (Sawyer Landfors rush)
L – Rausa 3 rush (Mitch Beaudoin rush)
AS – Mick Mitrano 2 rush (rush failed)

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS
Passing: L – Rausa 3-3-95, 2 TD.
Receiving: L – Jackson Ellis 1-47, Miller 2-48, TD.
Rushing: L – Rauker 12-91, 2 TD; Sawyer Landfors 6-82 Rausa 8-45, 2 TD. AS – Steven Lawton 16-104, TD; Cole Casto 5-35.



Local Sports Productions celebrates five years of misadventures and madness in media

Today marks the fifth anniversary of LSP’s founding and its first-ever broadcast of the Bedford vs. Concord-Carlisle Thanksgiving football game. Want to know how much technology has progressed and LSP has grown in that short amount of time? The first broadcast was streamed on Stickam. FREAKING STICKAM!!!

Yeah, safe to say things have gotten more sophisticated since then. No broadcast this Thanksgiving, alas, but later today I’ll have a write up of the Route 110 Rivalry between Littleton and Ayer-Shirley, and soon I’ll have a huge update to share with you as it relates to the winter broadcast schedule.

As always, thanks for tuning in, and Happy Thanksgiving!

-Sam



MIAA Football – Brighton obliterates Lowell Catholic

BRIGHTON – Despite having the same last name and both being juniors, Brighton Bengals running backs Erick Brown and Kevin Brown are not related.

Though given their football prowess and their performances Friday night, you would think they were.

Kevin (203 rushing yards, three touchdowns) and Erick (109 rushing yards, three touchdowns) combined with a punishing defense to lead the no. 1 seed Bengals to a 64-0 skunking of the no. 4 seed Lowell Catholic Crusaders in an MIAA Division 4 North football semifinal game Friday night at Daly Field.

Kevin got the festivities going by returning the opening kickoff 25 yards to the Lowell Catholic 48, then eventually punched in a touchdown from one yard out to make it 6-0 Bengals with 6:36 left in the first.

The Crusaders (5-4) tried to respond on their first series and got it as far as the Brighton 11, but a false start penalty and an incompletion on fourth down turned it back over to the Bengals.

The teams swapped empty possessions the rest of the first quarter until Kevin exploded for a 67-yard touchdown rush on the first play of the second quarter. The 2-point conversion was successful, and the Bengals were up 14-0.

Kevin soon made his presence felt on the defensive side of the ball as well. Crusaders quarterback. On the Crusaders’ next play, he ripped the ball out of running back Philip Ferreira’s hands and set up the Bengals in the red zone, leading to Erick Brown’s first score, a 1-yard touchdown plunge. Erick would score on the next series as well, this time on a 48 yard touchdown rush.

Not to be outdone was the Bengal defense, which registered three sacks and six turnovers, including three fumble recoveries and two turnovers on downs. They barely missed any tackles all night and delivered plenty of hard hits.

Also contributing on offense for the Bengals (8-0) were quarterback Nate Hall (five completions, 131 yards, two touchdowns) and running backs Kierston Griffifths (54 rushing yards, touchdown) and Jose Pinero (79 rushing yards, touchdown)