Methuen Rangers Football '11

Lowell QB douses Methuen



METHUEN — If you haven’t already, please add the name of Lowell senior R.J. Noel to the list of outstanding quarterbacks in the Merrimack Valley Conference. Throwing a beautiful spiral most of the evening, Noel passed for 242 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 100 yards and a score as the Red Raiders overwhelmed Methuen 41-14. After splitting time at QB last year, Noel has taken over in a big way, leading Lowell to a 3-1 record. In the Red Raiders’ lone loss, 44-41 to Nashua South, he threw for a school-record 501 yards. “I think I’m up there with (Nick) LaSpada (of Billerica),” said Noel. “I worked hard over the summer.” Lowell coach John Florence wasn’t ready to make comparisons, but he said: “I think LaSpada developed early and R.J. has worked at it and gotten better and better.” Whatever the case, Noel looked sharp last night, particularly in the first half. With Methuen’s offense stumbling, Noel completed beautiful TD passes of 26 and 17 yards to give the Red Raiders a 14-0 halftime lead. Eric Lacroix led the Rangers (2-2) on a 68-yard drive to open the second half, scoring from the 2-yard-line to cut the score to 14-7, but the Red Raiders came back with three straight touchdowns to put the game out of reach, the third coming after recovering  a line-drive kickoff that bounced off a Methuen lineman. Lacroix (19 carries, 93 yards rushing and 80 yards passing) scored his second touchdown of the game in the fourth quarter, but by then it was too late. Lowell outgained Methuen 471-277 for the game. “We just didn’t play very well,” said disappointed Methuen coach Tom Tone. “I thought we were ready to play.”

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Football, 09/30/11 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Defense keeps Methuen undefeated

MALDEN — For most of the afternoon, yardage came tough for Methuen, but the Rangers got untracked when it mattered most.

Returning Eagle-Tribune all-star Ryan Savastano, who missedlast week’s season opener with a rib injury, capped off a 4-minute, 90-yard drive with what proved to be the game-winning score and the Rangers held off Malden for a 26-20 victory yesterday.

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Football, 09/17/11 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Lacroix, Rangers step up in Tone's debut

METHUEN — It wasn’t exactly the ideal way Methuen and first-year head coach Tom Tone wanted to start the season.

First off, standout running back Ryan Savastano was forced to the sidelines by injury. Then Plymouth North, after enduring a grueling bus trip to Methuen that delayed the start of the game by 45 minutes, rattled off a convincing eight-minute first drive to take an early lead. And just 1 1/2 minutes later, the Rangers turned the ball over on a pass interception.

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Football, 09/09/11 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars
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