Billerica Indians Football '09

LaSpada, Indians dominate Central

LAWRENCE: Central Catholic's, Trae Musumarra is stopped by Billerica's Bryan Higgins in football action against Billerica. Central was defeated by Billerica in the Merrimack Valley Conference showdown 34-6. Carl Russo photo. 11/13/2009. 6 Photos

LAWRENCE – Maybe it was all the emotion wrapped up in last week’s grudge match with Methuen.

Maybe it was just too much Nick LaSpada.

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Football, 11/13/09 » 1 Comment & 0.0 Stars

Andover falls behind fast, falls to Billerica

ANDOVER — It took just 14 seconds for Andover to fall behind, and the Golden Warriors were never able to recover.

Andover allowed a touchdown on the opening kickoff, and despite a rally were never able to tie the score and fell to Merrimack Valley Conference large foe Billerica 35-14 last night.

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Football, 11/06/09 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Chelmsford’s Gennaro runs wild in tough win over Hillies

CHELMSFORD — Haverhill knew that stopping junior tailback Joe Gennaro was the key to shutting down Chelmsford. And for nearly three quarters, things wre going as planned.
But Gennaro, who rushed for 216 yards and four touchdowns, put the Lions on his back in the final 13 minutes of a 25-13 win over Haverhill.
Gennaro had just 46 yards at the half on 10 carries before exploding midway through the third quarter. The Hillies held a 7-6 lead over the heavily-favored Lions with 13 seconds left in the third quarter before Gennaro’s second score, a 4-yard scamper, to put Chelmsford ahead for good.
“Depth had a lot to do with it, but we have to continue to play,” Haverhill coach Tim Briggs said. “For the first three quarters we were getting in their faces and making hits with our hats. We get into the fourth quarter, we don’t have much depth, and guys are getting tired so we start trying to make tackles with our arms and [Gennaro] is too good to do that.”
Briggs continued, “But what can I say? I have a team full of guys who gave me everything that they had and it still wasn’t enough. Chelmsford is a great program in a city that really loves and supports its athletics.”
After 13th-ranked Chelmsford made it 12-7, Haverhill threw interceptions on consecutive possessions and Chelmsford converted both to put the game out of reach.
“We have a lot of younger guys in our starting lineup,” Briggs said. “Our guys did a great job making players early in the game.”
Before the interceptions, Connor Tufts was an extremely efficient 5 of 6 for 75 yards.
Miles Miller made 12 tackles at linebacker, helping stifle Gennaro for the better part of three quarters. Mackenzie Milewski (middle linebacker) and Aaron Bard (outside linebacker) each made nine tackles.
In the fourth quarter, Tufts injured his left leg playing defensive back and his regular backup, receiver Timothy Nutter, was already on the sideline with a sling. Austin Campbell entered at quarterback and connected with Blaine Joia on a 30-yard score late in the fourth quarter for both players’ first varsity touchdowns.

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Football, 11/06/09 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

LaSpada too much for Lancers

BILLERICA – As massive a challenge as Nick LaSpada and No. 9 Billerica present, it’s the simple everyday Merrimack Valley Conference grind that has battered Lawrence High recently.

The Lancers, already without leading receiver Michael Calzetta (collarbone), lost game-breaker Francis Nova to what might be a concussion early in the third. Without Nova, any chance the Lancers, trailing 28-12, had of clawing back into it were swept into the Calabrese Stadium mud as the host Indians rolled comfortably 35-20.

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Football, 10/16/09 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Billerica slips past Methuen

METHUEN:The Ford family pose with MHS football game shirts showing Dan Ford's retired game number during the ceremony held at half-time of the Methuen/Billerica game. Danny Ford was an outstanding football player and athlete for Methuen High (class of 1988) who died this year after a courageous battle with cancer. Carl Russo photo. 9/25/2009.15 Photos

METHUEN — In a brilliant duel of quarterbacks, which was the story within an excellent Merrimack Valley Conference game, Billerica sophomore Nick LaSpada prevailed last night at Nicholson Stadium.

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