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Methuen Rangers Football '08

Methuen can make its season with an upset

Methuen: Methuen's, Joenrry Acosta (front) and Mike Bartlett celebrate Acosta's touchdown in the first half. Methuen upset Dracut 37-33 in the annual Thanksgiving Day football game. 32 Photos

A year ago, Methuen ended an albatross-like 33-game Merrimack Valley Conference losing streak.

Thanksgiving morning, a little more than one full season later, the Rangers can make history as they host Dracut.

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Football, 11/26/08 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

'Just amazing': Methuen downs Dracut

Methuen: Methuen upset Dracut 37-33 in the annual Thanksgiving Day football game. 32 Photos

METHUEN — Matt Bartlett spoke for every Methuen player, coach, fan, parent and alum scattered across the Merrimack Valley and beyond.

“I wish,” he said, “that the standings didn’t matter.”

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Football, 11/25/08 » 0 Comments & 5.0 Stars

Methuen keeps rolling

METHUEN — Judging by the tears Methuen’s Justin Marsan was pushing away from his red eyes after the game, this was not just another win for the Rangers.

“It’s been a long time since we’ve been here,” said the emotional Marsan. “From where we were the last few years, you would never think that we would be back to where we are now. It is just overwhelming.”

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Football, 11/15/08 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Bartlett, Methuen making history

Methuen's Mike Bartlett brushes off Haverhill's Evan Pare as the senior running back pushed his season total over 1,000 rushing yards during Methuen's 28-6 win at home.4 Photos

METHUEN — Talk about a fast start.

Just 1:31 into the game, Methuen had already caused two turnovers and Mike Bartlett turned them into a pair of touchdowns as the Rangers went on to down pesky Haverhill 28-6 last night.

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Football, 11/07/08 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Methuen ends 12-year hex

Lawrence: Methuen's, Sean Cairns is finally tackled by Central Catholic's quarterback, Shain Jowett after intercepting his pass near the end of the first half. Rangers defeated Central Catholic 21-14 for the first time in 12 years. 7 Photos

 

LAWRENCE — With all the strides Methuen High football has made in less than two seasons under Pat Graham, legitimacy would always elude the Rangers if they couldn't deal with Central Catholic.

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Football, 10/31/08 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Methuen drops heartbreaker to Lowell

LOWELL — The defense set the stage but the offense couldn't provide the encore. 

When struggling Methuen finally came together behind the brothers Bartlett, quarterback Matt and running back Mike, an impressive 57-yard drive ensued which put the Rangers two points away from a deadlock with Lowell. But a conversion pass failed with 1:44 left in the game, allowing the Red Raiders to prevail in a bruising 14-12 battle.

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Football, 10/18/08 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Methuen drops heartbreaker to Lowell

LOWELL — The defense set the stage but the offense couldn't provide the encore. 

When struggling Methuen finally came together behind the brothers Bartlett, quarterback Matt and running back Mike, an impressive 57-yard drive ensued which put the Rangers two points away from a deadlock with Lowell. But a conversion pass failed with 1:44 left in the game, allowing the Red Raiders to prevail in a bruising 14-12 battle.

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Football, 10/18/08 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Rangers roll past defending champs

METHUEN — A packed house stormed the field at Methuen’s Nicholson Stadium last night, swarming the Rangers’ football team that just finished dominating the defending MVC and Division 1A Super Bowl champions Chelmsford, 34-7.

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Football, 10/10/08 » 1 Comment & 0.0 Stars

Bartlett pair: Twin brother connection vaults Methuen

TEWKSBURY — The first time Methuen ran the play, Mike Bartlett let the pass slip through his hands. The second time, there was no way the senior was going to drop it.

“It was a new play and I don’t know why I didn’t catch the ball the first time,” said Bartlett. “But I just got myself open again and I knew I would catch it this time. I brought it in and it was just total joy.”

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Football, 10/04/08 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Billerica, Methuen

BILLERICA - Defense kept Methuen High in the game, stride for muddy stride with Billerica, at least for three full quarters. Mistakes and the moist, muddy conditions denied the Rangers a much-needed upset, here at the Marshall Middle School Field.

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Football, 09/26/08 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars
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