MIAA Football: Special teams pave way for G-D win over Westborough

GROTON – It’s not often that the punting unit ends up being the deciding factor in a tightly-contested ballgame.

But that’s exactly what happened Thursday night as Groton-Dunstable Crusaders punter Kyle Battles and his coverage team forced three muffed punts that led to 14 G-D points and a 20-13 victory over the Westborough Rangers at G-DRHS.

The win evened the Crusaders’ record at 2-2, while the Rangers fell to 1-3.

After falling behind 7-0 with 4:03 left in the first quarter and failing to convert on a 3rd-and-17, Battles let off a booming punt that glanced off the Westborough return man, unbeknownst to him. The Crusaders coverage team pounced on the ball, and after discussion by the officials, they retained possession. This led to a 19-yard touchdown pass from Bradley teDuits (11-of-13, 127 yards) to Tristan Naboicheck, tying the game at 7.

On their next drive, the Crusaders got the eventual winning score as teDuits lofted a 37-yard jump ball to Sam Battles, who skied over his defender in the corner of the end zone to make it 14-7.

Kyle Battles and the Crusader punt team struck again shortly before halftime. After their offense was knocked back three yards on 3rd-and-1, Battles spotted a punt perfectly at the Westborough 1-yard line, which they again failed to field cleanly, leading to a recovery and a one-yard score by Shamus Gelinas.

Michael Keogh led the Rangers offense with 11 carries for 95 yards and both Ranger touchdowns. He and fellow running backs Martin Moran and Jacob Clancy had to shoulder the load as the Crusader defense held quarterback Peter Lamountain to 5-of-11 passing for 52 yards and a one-handed interception by G-D’s Tim Stark.

G-D head coach Tom Sousa was relieved to finally have a competitive game after being shut out by 40+ points in two of their first three games and winning 42-8 over North Middlesex in between.

“It was a gritty win,” Sousa said. “It wasn’t pretty in any way, but we had to battle, and we got that done. That’s a win we can definitely feel good about.”


W (1-3) – 7 0 0 6 – 13
GD (2-2) – 7 13 0 0 – 20


W – Michael Keogh 1 yard rush (Mac Bradley kick)
GD – Bradley teDuits 19 yard pass to Tristan Naboicheck (Kyle Battles kick)
GD – teDuits 37 yard pass to Sam Battles (K. Battles kick)
GD – Shamus Gelinas 1 yard rush (kick failed)
W – Keogh 8 yard rush (rush failed)



W: Keogh 11-95, 2 TD, Martin Moran 10-61, Jacob Clancy 8-49
GD: Gelinas 19-59, TD.


GD: teDuits 11-13-127, 2 TD.


GD: S. Battles 3-56, TD; Ryan teDuits 4-38; Naboicheck 2-31, TD

Grand opening for Littleton in shutout of Oakmont

LITTLETON – New field, same results.

The Littleton Tigers christened the new Alumni Field with a 22-0 shutout of the Oakmont Spartans Friday night in a battle of unbeatens.

Brad Klock rushed 21 times for 111 yards, two touchdowns and a two-point conversion, while the Littleton defense held Oakmont to just 40 yards of offense.

Kevin Frisoli was the star of the first drive, as he returned the opening kickoff 20 yards to the Littleton 40, then converted a 4th & 1 with a 37 yard rush down to the Oakmont 1 before punching in the game’s first score on the next play.

Frisoli added a spark on defense as well, recovering a fumble on Oakmont’s first play from scrimmage. From there, the Littleton offense needed just three plays to travel 40 yards, 35 of which came on a Will Scott keeper, before Klock ran it into the end zone from 5 yards out on the next play to make the score 14-0.

For the rest of the first half and the entire third quarter, the game was played almost exclusively between the 20s. The Littleton defense was stingy as usual, but their offense was hampered by penalties, including two chop blocks. Littleton quarterbacks combined to go 5-for-12 for 52 yards and an interception.

Eventually, the Tigers wore down the Oakmont defense with a 9-play, 50-yard drive that took up half of the fourth quarter and culminated in Klock’s second touchdown of the game. Austin Lynn ran in the two-point conversion to finish the scoring.

Any hope that the Spartans had of making a miraculous comeback and spoiling the opening of Alumni field were quickly dashed as Mike Crory picked off an Oakmont pass, allowing the Tigers to burn off the remaining 3:41.

“We told the kids all week, ‘The party has to be in the backfield,’” Littleton defensive coordinator Carlo Ferrante said. “They were in the backfield all night long. I’m proud of these guys, they gave us a great present tonight.”


O (2-1) 0 0 0 0 – 0
LIT (3-0) 14 0 0 8 – 22

Scoring plays

L – Kevin Frisoli 1 yard rush (Brad Klock rush)
L – Klock 5 yard rush (rush failed)
L – Klock 3 yard rush (Austin Lynn rush)

Individual stats (Littleton)

Rushing – Brad Clock 21-111, 2 TD

MIAA & NEPSAC Scoreboard – 9/22/2017

Tweet final scores and corrections to @LSP37

Boys soccer

Drury 2, Mount Everett 1
Fitchburg 2, Gardner 2
Lunenburg 3, Oakmont 1
McCann 3, Putnam 1
Natick 2, Westwood 1
St. John’s-Shrewsbury 3, Worcester South 0

Girls soccer

Blackstone Valley 2, Littleton 0
Brewster 2, Kimball Union 2
Burncoat 6, Bartlett 0
Clinton 3, Worcester South 0
Lee 4, Drury 0
Marshfield 2, Nauset 2
Natick 4, Westwood 1
North Middlesex 5, Leominster 1
St. Andrew’s 5, Bradford Christian 2
St. Bernard’s 7, Sizer 0
Taconic 4, McCann 2
Wellesley 2, Lexington 1

Field hockey

BB&N 3, Winsor 0
Ethel Walker 7, Choate 0
Gloucester 8, Everett 0
Hanover 1, Holliston 1
Hopedale 0, Lunenburg 0
Leominster 2, Westboro 0
North Middlesex 0, St. Peter-Marian 0
Westwood 3, Ashland 0
Weymouth 4, Brockton 0

Girls volleyball

Archbishop Williams 3, South Shore Christian 0
Assabet Valley 3, Bay Path 2
Blackstone Valley 3, Worcester Tech 1
Nipmuc 3, Tantasqua 0
Tewksbury 3, Bedford 0
Whitman-Hanson 3, Middleboro 0


Hudson 28.5, Marlboro 25.5
Leominster 32.5, Oakmont 21.5

MIAA Softball: Dracut uses 7-run 4th inning explosion to win D2 North

BEVERLY – Down 3-0 after half an inning and 3-1 with two outs in the fourth after the first two batters were retired on two pitches, the Dracut Middies were on pins and needles.

Their opponents, the Swampscott Big Blue, entered the MIAA Division 2 North softball tournament as the no. 16 seed and upset no. 1 North Reading, no. 9 Wilmington and no. 5 Burlington to get to the sectional final, and were halfway to pulling off another stunning upset of no. 2 Dracut.

But all of a sudden, the Middies’ bats came to life, and by the end of the fourth, eight straight batters had reached base, and seven of them scored, giving Dracut a lead they would not relinquish en route to a 12-5 win Sunday at Endicott College.

After Lauren Byam (3-for-4, double, RBI, three runs) and Kayla Tyler (1-for-3, RBI) scored on errors to tie the game at 3, Nadia Saari came to the plate with the bases loaded and smacked a 2-2 pitch for a 3-run double into the gap to give the Middies (20-4) the lead for good. Saari finished the game 3-for-4 with three RBIs, two runs scored and a stolen base.

Ryley White overcame the early deficit to get the complete game win, scattering eight hits and striking out eight. Her battery mate, catcher Sabrina Morse, went 2-for-4 with a double, two RBIs and two runs.

The Middies will return to Endicott College Tuesday at 5 p.m. to face South sectional champion Norton and Gatorade State Player of the Year Kelly Nelson in the state semifinal. Nelson posted a 0.11 ERA in the regular season, struck out an eye-popping 310 batters in just 125 innings and led the Lancers to an upset of previously-unbeaten Abington in the D2 South sectional final.