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 football – Littleton dominates Ayer-Shirley

AYER – The Littleton Tigers capped off yet another successful season with a dominating 48-12 victory over the Ayer-Shirley Panthers Thursday morning at Ayer-Shirley High.

With the score 8-6 in favor of Littleton to begin the second quarter, the Panthers had 1st and 10 at the Littleton 15. However, three consecutive backfield stops by Tigers defensive lineman Brady Hunt led to a turnover on downs.

From there, Littleton rattled off 40 unanswered points, including two rushing touchdowns and two passing touchdowns by Anthony Rausa, who racked up 140 total yards. 93 of those yards came on touchdown strikes to Jackson Ellis and Hunter Miller. Eric Rauker, who was named game MVP for Littleton, carried the ball 12 times for 91 yards and two touchdowns as well.

“Our starters played for about three quarters and Ayer-Shirley came out and played hard,” Littleton head coach Mike Lynn said. “They came out and hit us, their quarterback gave us problems and he did some good things in the first half. But then our guys started playing. We had a couple of untimely mistakes in the first half and our seniors rose to the occasion.”

The Tigers never punted, never trailed and held the Panthers to just 159 yards of total offense, 81 of which came on a first quarter touchdown rush by quarterback Steven Lawton (16 carries, 104 yards). Mick Mitrano had the other touchdown for Ayer-Shirley late in the fourth quarter.

It was the last game for an accomplished Littleton senior class that included Rausa, Rauker, Miller, Sawyer Landfors (6 carries, 82 yards) and many other key contributors. For Ayer-Shirley, they will return most of their roster next year, graduating just three players – running back Bryan Gintner, receiver Tyler Holmes and tight end Keith Kidder.

“This team has had a lot of solid players, a lot of very good players, but we never relied on one kid,” Lynn said. “It was different kids every game.”

“We’ve all been playing together for so long, we’re a pretty tight-knit group,” Rauker said. “We all work out together every morning, we all go to school together. It’s definitely something special, and I’ll miss it.”

Littleton finished the season at 8-3. Ayer-Shirley finished at 4-7.


L (8-3) – 8 24 16 0 – 48
AS (4-7) – 6 0 0 6 – 12

L – Eric Rauker 2 rush (Anthony Rausa rush)
AS – Steven Lawton 81 rush (kick blocked)
L – Rausa 3 rush (Rausa rush)
L – Rausa 47 pass to Jackson Ellis (Rauker rush)
L- Rausa 46 pass to Hunter Miller (Rausa pass to Miller)
L – Rauker 6 rush (Sawyer Landfors rush)
L – Rausa 3 rush (Mitch Beaudoin rush)
AS – Mick Mitrano 2 rush (rush failed)

Passing: L – Rausa 3-3-95, 2 TD.
Receiving: L – Jackson Ellis 1-47, Miller 2-48, TD.
Rushing: L – Rauker 12-91, 2 TD; Sawyer Landfors 6-82 Rausa 8-45, 2 TD. AS – Steven Lawton 16-104, TD; Cole Casto 5-35.

West Boylston shuts down Littleton in upset

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.”

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.”