Shawsheen Tech Rams batter their way to 17th consecutive Thanksgiving win

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

SCORING PLAYS

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)

INDIVIDUAL STATS

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.

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.

LITTLETON 48, AYER-SHIRLEY 12

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

SCORING PLAYS
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)

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS
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.