LITTLETON – The no. 4 seed West Boylston Lions held the no. 1 seed Littleton Tigers to a season-low in points en route to a 14-6 upset in an MIAA Division 6 Central semifinal game at Littleton Middle School Friday night.
West Boylston running back Cole McCubrey tore up the Littleton defense to the tune of 192 yards on 29 carries. Quarterback Tim McQuade rushed for two touchdowns.
“I don’t think in 14 years I’ve talked about one player as much as Cole McCubrey,” Littleton head coach Mike Lynn said. “We said, ‘We’re not going to let one guy beat us,’ and in the end, if I’m being honest, I feel like one guy beat us. He’s that good.”
With the score tied 6-6 entering the fourth quarter, West Boylston found itself with with 3rd & 19 from their own 28. McQuade heaved a short pass across his body that fell incomplete, but a pass interference call on Littleton kept the drive alive. That allowed McQuade and McCubrey to combine for 59 yards on five carries over the next six plays, culminating in McQuade’s 1-yard touchdown plunge to give West Boylston the eventual game-winning touchdown.
Littleton (8-1) scored its only touchdown on an 8-yard rush by Anthony Rausa on the first play of the second quarter to take a 6-0 lead. That was the lone highlight for the Tiger offense, which mustered only 134 yards of offense, had four three-and-outs, and was 0-for-3 on fourth down.
“There was no way we thought that this would be a blowout game either way,” Lynn said. “They were good on defense against us week one. They seemed to be real fast getting to the ball.”
The Lions (8-1) tied the game with 6:15 left in the third quarter on a 5-yard touchdown rush by McQuade after being set up by a 50-yard rush by McCubrey.
Lynn felt the outcome might have been different were it not for some injuries that had accumulated over the course of the season.
“We’ve had a really tough season with injuries,” Lynn said. “Nick Fontanella would have been a huge asset for us. We had Tristin Lelievre out tonight, and Tommy Keenan went out tonight.”