LITTLETON – The Littleton Tigers put up a dominating display on offense and defense en route to a 40-0 win over the Oakmont Spartans Friday night at Littleton Middle School.
It was the fourth shutout for the Tigers defense this year. They also prevented Oakmont from gaining a first down until their last drive of the game in the fourth quarter. They have allowed just 12 points through the first six games.
Littleton head coach Mike Lynn was happy with the performance, but even he was surprised the game was as lopsided as it was.
“We’re getting better every week,” Lynn said. “I think we caught [Oakmont] on an off night. We’re making big plays on offense. Defensively we’ve been rock solid.”
Littleton quarterback Connor Bassett completed six out of 10 passes for 156 yards and four touchdowns. He also rushed three times for 61 yards. His performance helped him eclipse 2,400 career passing yards and 1,200 career rushing yards.
Steve Collins (200 career tackles) and Chris Renaccio (1,300 career receiving yards) also reached major career milestones for the Tigers.
The win sets up a showdown at 5-1 Tyngsboro next Friday night with the Mid-Wach C title on the line. Littleton head coach Mike Lynn said it will be the toughest test the Tigers will face in the regular season.
“They’re a strong team,” Lynn said. “We’ve got our work cut out for us. That’s our final opponent in Mid-Wach C, so we’re really excited to go play them.”
After forcing a three and out to start the game, the Tigers offense opened the scoring with a nine play, 71 yard drive in just 3:22, capped by a 15-yard touchdown pass from Bassett to Joey DeCoste. After a two-point conversion rush by Anthony Rausa, the Tigers held an 8-0 lead with 5:05 to go in the first quarter.
The Tigers offense wouldn’t have to wait long to strike again, as they recovered a fumble on the ensuing Oakmont kickoff return to set them up at the Oakmont 36. Two plays and 33 seconds later, Bassett found Hunter Miller, who shed an Oakmont tackler and took the ball 36 yards for the score.
Perhaps the most remarkable play the Tigers made came at 1:18 of the first quarter. On 1st & 10 from the Oakmont 15, the Tigers set up in a formation one might expect from the Oregon Ducks – three linemen, three receivers on each end of the field, and two men in the backfield. With the Spartans (3-3) defense scrambling to respond to the formation, Bassett found a wide-open
DeCoste, who was able to walk into the end zone for the score that, with another two-point conversion, put the Tigers up 24-0.
Bassett finished his night with an 80-yard touchdown pass to Renaccio before being pulled for most of the second half.
Rausa capped off the scoring with a 31-yard touchdown rush late in the third quarter