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

Strong second half propels Littleton to Mid-Wach C title

TYNGSBOROUGH – The Littleton Tigers turned around from a sluggish first half to dominate the second half against the Tyngsborough Tigers and emerge with a 32-6 victory Friday night at Peirce Field.

With the win, Littleton clinched the Midland-Wachusett C Division title and put a stranglehold on the top seed in the MIAA Division 6 Central playoffs. It was their fourth consecutive division crown, after winning the Mid-Wach D each of the past three years.

Tied 6-6 at halftime, the Tigers found their second wind and rattled off 26 unanswered points in the second half. It started with a 12-play, 84-yard drive capped off by a 3-yard touchdown plunge by Griffin Shoemaker. Connor Bassett (9-of-20, 157 yards; 15 carries, 95 yards, one rushing touchdown) fielded his own fumble and dove in for the two-point conversion to make it 14-6, and Littleton would not look back from there.

In the fourth quarter, Littleton’s Nick Fontanella took over to put the game out of reach. He tallied 66 of his 84 all-purpose yards and all three of his touchdowns in the final frame. He was also responsible for one of the most impressive plays of the game, a 12-yard reception on a first-half touchdown drive that he wrestled free from a Tyngsborough defensive back, turning a sure interception into a momentum-saving grab.

The Littleton defense made yet another statement. They still have not allowed more than six points in any game this season – four shutouts and three six-pointers. They sacked Tyngsborough quarterback Kyle Laforge four times and intercepted him twice.

“Defense has been what we hang our hat on,” Littleton head coach Mike Lynn said. “We weren’t as solid on defense in the first half as we have been all year, but in the second half, the defense really showed up. They cranked it up in the second half. We’re pretty proud of the effort.”

The victory came at a cost, however. Fontanella injured his MCL on defense in the fourth quarter.

“He’s one of our best guys, and we just have to hope for the best,” Lynn said. “He had a great game, and we just have to wait and see what they say at the emergency room.”

After both teams failed to score on their opening drive, Tyngsboro got on the board first late in the first quarter. Starting at their own 5 after Kyle Corkum intercepted Connor Bassett on fourth down for Littleton, Tyngsboro went 95 yards in 15 plays, converting three third downs along the way. Jake Keenan (91 all-purpose yards) finished off the drive with a 19-yard touchdown rush, but Tyngsborough could not finish the two-point conversion, and they led 6-0 with 2:13 left in the opening frame.

It was the first time Littleton (7-0) had trailed all season, and the frustration continued with two more unsuccessful drives in the first half. Even on their biggest play of the game, a 55-yard flea flicker from Bassett to Joey DeCoste, Tyngsborough (5-2) came away with a victory, as Keenan and Jason Wojcik teamed up to strip DeCoste of the ball and take possession at their own 4.

But Littleton dusted themselves off, forced a punt, and finally got on the scoreboard with less than a minute left in the first half. Bassett completed three passes for 57 yards, then dove into the end zone from inside the 1 to tie the game.

Littleton nearly took the lead before halftime after recovering a fumble on the ensuing kick return, but Daniel Perry batted a would-be touchdown pass away from Hunter Miller as time expired. Still, it gave Littleton all the momentum going into halftime.

“We didn’t play well in the first half,” Lynn said. “We made some mental errors and some physical errors. We went into halftime and regrouped said ‘We’re a better football team than what we’re showing right now… I was hoping we could come out in the second half and make the plays we’ve been making all season to get us here.”

Littleton blanks Oakmont, stays undefeated

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

Chelmsford drops overtime heartbreaker to Malden

CHELMSFORD – The Chelmsford Lions are still winless after dropping a heartbreaker and instant classic to the Malden Golden Tornadoes, 42-36, in double overtime Friday night at Chelmsford High.

After both teams scored touchdowns and two-point conversions in the first overtime, Malden got the game-winning score in the second overtime as quarterback Jared Martino escaped a diving sack attempt and found Robert Green in the back of the end zone.

Chelmsford stopped the ensuing two-point conversion, but could not respond on their possession, as a last-ditch effort by quarterback Kyler Brown on 4th & goal from the 10 was well-defended.

It has been a season of close calls and tough breaks for Bruce Rich’s Chelmsford squad, which fell to 0-5, but he knows the effort is there.

“We’ve just got to ask the team to make the same effort they’ve been making all year long,” he said.
Malden looked to have the game wrapped up in the fourth quarter when Marino DiPietrantonio blocked and recovered a punt in the Chelmsford end zone to put the Golden Tornaodes up 28-21.

The Lions still had life, however, and tied the game after being set up by a 19-yard punt that put the ball at the Malden 37. Passes from Kyler Brown to Joe Levesque of 14 and 17 yards gave Tyrone Phet, who amassed 148 all-purpose yards and scored all five Chlemsford touchdowns, the opportunity to dive in from one yard out to tie the game at 28.

Malden’s Danley Exilhomme started the game out with a bang, as he shot out of the backfield like a cannon on the first play from scrimmage to net a 68-yard touchdown rush.

The Lions responded on their first drive, albeit in a more deliberate fashion. Only two of the 11 plays on the drive went for double-digit yards, and four gained no yards at all. But thanks to pass interference and face mask penalties on Malden, the Lions were eventually able to feed the ball to Phet for a 2-yard touchdown plunge to tie the game at 7.

After each team stalled on their next drive, Malden took the lead again with 7:07 to go in the second quarter. Faced with 4th & 11 from the Chelmsford 17, quarterback Jared Martino was flushed from the pocket to his right, but he managed to throw across his body to a wide-open Robert Green on the left side of the field for a touchdown.

Chelmsford scored on their next drive with a little more finesse. Offered a short field thanks to a 24-yard kickoff return by Tim McNamara, the Lions needed just four plays and 1:17 to travel 60 yards, 40 of which came on Phet’s game-tying touchdown rush up the middle.

Phet added a 63-yard touchdown reception, his only catch of the day, and shed multiple defenders to do so, to put the Lions up 21-14 early in the second half. Rich described that as the best play he’s seen Phet make all year.

“He had a great night,” Rich said. “He’s played great for us all year.”

The Chelmsford defense had six sacks and an interception.