TYNGSBORO – When it comes to the Shawsheen Tech Rams’ success in the Collins Cup against the Greater Lowell Tech Gryphons, “domination” may be putting it lightly.
For the 17th consecutive year, the Rams (8-3) took home the Collins Cup after a 36-6 victory over the Gryphons (5-6) at Greater Lowell Tech.
Rams quarterback Cody Sughrue took home game MVP honors in his final regular season game. He completed seven of 13 passes for 165 yards and three touchdowns, rushed three times for 46 yards and a touchdown, and picked off a Greater Lowell pass on the Gryphons’ first drive of the game.
The Rams’ defense was phenomenal, holding the Gryphons to just 92 yards of offense, including -27 yards in the first quarter.
After a sloppy first quarter by both teams, the Rams opened the scoring on the first play of the second quarter as Sughrue found Josiah Martinez for a 44-yard touchdown pass.
It would be the first of five consecutive scores by the Gryphons and four consecutive scores that Sughrue had a hand in. He scored the next touchdown on a four-yard rush after he could not find an open receiver, and finished the first half with a 15-yard touchdown strike to Brendan Studley. The score was 20-0 Rams at halftime.
“We just hoped we got it all out of our system, and I think we did,” Shawsheen head coach Al Costabile said about the turnaround in the second quarter.
“We like to make our mistakes early in the game and then get settled in,” Sughrue added.
The Rams wasted no time getting to the end zone in the second half, as they needed just two plays to go 65 yards, 63 of which came on a touchdown pass from Sughrue to Sam Baker (two receptions, 99 yards).
“I’m going to remember this for the rest of my life, because you only go through high school once,” Sughrue said.
The last Rams score came on a 23-yard touchdown rush at the end of the third quarter by Omar Eldaly.
The Gryphons’ lone score came in the fourth quarter on a 31-yard touchdown rush by Juan Serrano (seven carries, 57 yards).
Sughrue’s career – and the Rams’ season – is not over, however. They will host Assabet Valley in the State Vocational Championship Thursday night at 7 p.m. Coach Costabile had nothing but high praise for the Aztecs.
“They’re a great football team,” Costabile lauded. “Very well coached, winning tradition, great program, we’re going up against a formidable opponent.”
Shawsheen Tech head coach Al Costabile (left) and game MVP, senior captain quarterback Cody Sughrue
The Shawsheen Tech Rams senior players and cheerleaders pose with the hardware from their 17th consecutive Thanksgiving victory over Greater Lowell Tech.
SHAWSHEEN TECH 36, GREATER LOWELL TECH 6
ST (8-3) – 0 20 16 0
GL (5-6) – 0 0 0 6
ST – Cody Sughrue 44 yard pass to Josiah Martinez (Omar Eldaly rush)
ST – Sughrue 4 yard rush (pass failed)
ST – Sughrue 15 yard pass to Brendan Studley (pass failed)
ST – Sughrue 63 yard pass to Sam Baker (Sughrue pass to Sam Baker)
ST – Eldaly 23 yard rush (Sughrue pass to Studley)
GL – Juan Serrano 31 yard rush (kick failed)
PASSING – ST; Sughrue 7-13-165, 3 TDs. GL: Jake Noel 5-15, 36 yards, 1 INT.
RECEIVING – ST: Baker 2-99, 1 TD; Martinez: 2-46, 1 TD; Studley 2-17, 1 TD
RUSHING – ST: Sughrue 3-46, 1 TD; Eldaly 6-34, 1 TD. GLT: Noel 11-64; Serrano 7-57, 1 TD.