Shawsheen Rams Football '19

Whittier throws scare into unbeaten Shawsheen

BILLERICA — Whittier led unbeaten Shawsheen 22-20 at the half but the hosts answered the bell in the second half en route to a 39-22 win.
Whittier (2-3) got a strong effort from A.J. Espinal, who had missed the last 1.5 games due to injury. He carried 16 times for 131 yards and two scores. Niko Burke added a 12-yard TD run.
Coach Kevin Bradley said, "It was a great game at the half. The kids were playing great. I was so proud. It's starting to click. We had them on the ropes."
Bradley said the line was stellar led by Colby Rice, Ethan Burridge, Jack Lamariere, Eric McCarthy and fullback Dylan Fraize.
Next Saturday at 10:30 a.m. Whittier will be playing its first home game and its at the school's new stadium.
"Wait till you see it," enthused Bradley. "It's a turf field with an eight-lane track, lights and a Jumbotron."
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Football, 10/11/19 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Greater Lawrence drops heartbreaker

BILLERICA — Trailing by six points with four minutes left in the game, Greater Lawrence forced a defensive stop, then drove to the Shawsheen 20-yard line as the clock ticked down.
With just seconds to go, the Reggies threw a Hail Mary that nearly fell into the hands of a receiver before — after a lengthly battle — it was pulled away for an interception. Shawsheen knelt once to defeat the Reggies 16-10.
“It was a heartbreaker,” said Reggies head coach Tony Sarkis. “It was a back-and-fourth game and our kids didn’t quit. That last pass was a fade into the end zone and our guy fought for the ball. But their guy was just able to come down with it.”
Behind 7-0 early, Greater Lawrence tied the game before halftime when QB Shamil Diaz took a keeper 70 yards for a touchdown. 
Trailing 16-7 early in the fourth quarter, Reggies kicker Kevin Matul cut into the deficit when he boomed a 35-yard field goal.
“That was a terrific kick,” said Sarkis. “He made it with room to spare. That kick put us back into the game and gave us a chance to win.”
The Greater Lawrence defense — led by Franklyn Espinal — managed a final stop. But the Reggies fell just short.
“Shawsheen did enough to win in the end,” said Sarkis. “But our kids played so hard. Christopher Tineo made some great catches. Shamil was great. But we made a few too many mistakes. We’ll see what we’re made of coming back from a loss.”
Greater Lawrence (2-2) will next travel to Essex Tech on Friday (7 p.m.)

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Football, 09/28/19 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars