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)



MIAA Football – Chelmsford storms back in 2nd half to eliminate Revere

CHELMSFORD – Having a first half like the Chelmsford Lions did in Friday’s MIAA Division 1A North football sectional quarterfinal is a cardinal sin, especially in a playoff game.

Their second half, however, was a much different story, as the no. 3 seed Lions scored 25 unanswered points and shut down the no. 6 seed Revere Patriots’ offense to come away with a 25-14 victory at Simonian Alumni Stadium.

In the first half, the Lions committed two turnovers, had three three-and-outs and were outgained 159-96. Meanwhile, the Patriots ran their offense quarterback Sullivan (136 passing yards) and Oscar Lopez (156 all-purpose yards), with the two hooking up for a 47-yard touchdown pass late in the first half. Christopher Alfaro got tough yards up the middle and punched in a touchdown rush of his own, giving them a 14-0 halftime lead.

After a three and out by Chelmsford to start the second half, Revere got great starting field position with the ball at their 45. But on their second play, quarterback Edward Sullivan threw an interception to Christian Finn. The return set up Chelmsford at Revere’s 49.

From there, and for the rest of the second half, it was the Sal Lupoli Show.

Lupoli carried the ball four times for 39 yards on the ensuing drive, including a 27-yard touchdown rush to finally put Chelmsford on the scoreboard. A missed extra point, however, kept the score at 14-6 in favor of Revere.

It wasn’t just Lupoli answering the bell in the second half. The Chelmsford defense and special teams units came up with huge stops, including two sacks, as well as a three and out on the series after Lupoli’s first touchdown.

Soon after, Lupoli struck again with a 14-yard touchdown rush, but the ensuing failed two-point conversion kept Revere in the lead at 14-12.

But once again, the Chelmsford defense put the clamps on Revere, stopping consecutive Revere kickoff returns at the 11- and 9-yard line, the former leading to a Revere fumble on the first play and setting up a Matthew Hooton 1-yard touchdown rush that gave the Lions the lead for good.

“We stayed the course,” Chelmsford head coach Dave Kaizer said. “We had somethings in the first half, but we didn’t capitalize. We were pushing them around up front, but we made too many mistakes. At halftime, we said ‘Hey, let’s buckle down and get back after it.’ These kids never quit, and I tell you what, we’ve been a second half football team these past couple of weeks. They did a tremendous job, I’m proud of them.”



Lupoli finished with 39 carries for 257 yards, with 202 of those yards coming in the second half. He punctuated his evening with a 15-yard touchdown rush to cap off the scoring.

“I couldn’t have done it without my O-line,” Lupoli said. “They were getting the best push up front. We all play as a unit, I think that’s the most important thing.”

A scary moment occurred late in the game when Chelmsford’s Chris Bungard lay motionless on the field for several minutes after missing a tackle and was taken off the field on a stretcher. Thankfully, he suffered only a separated shoulder and no head or spinal injuries.

The Lions (4-4) will face no. 2 seed Reading in a sectional semifinal, likely to take place next Friday at Reading Memorial High School.

“Reading’s a great team, no doubt about it,” Lupoli said. “We just gotta play mentally tough, we can’t make any mistakes, and I feel like if we play with a lot of discipline, we can do it.”

CHELMSFORD 25, REVERE 14

R (3-5) – 7 7 0 0
C (4-4) – 0 0 6 19

SCORING PLAYS

R – Christopher Alfaro 2 rush (Camil Herandez Noyola kick)

R – Edward Sullivan 47 pass to Oscar Lopez (Noyola kick)

C – Sal Lupoli 27 rush (kick failed)

C – Lupoli 14 rush (rush failed)

C – Matthew Hooton 1 rush (pass failed)

C – Lupoli 15 rush (Kevin Hennessey kick)

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

Passing: R – Sullivan 7-22-136, TD, INT. C – Hooton 5-12-66, INT.

Receiving: R – Lopez 5-108, TD. C – Michael Perez 2-26

Rushing: R – Alfaro 15-40, TD. C – Lupoli 39-257