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Methuen outlasts Lowell

LOWELL — After watching their own 14-point lead evaporate into the fall air thanks to a four-score second quarter by host Lowell, the Methuen Rangers were on the verge of retaking the lead in the game’s dying seconds when they got set at the Lowell 33-yard line. It seemed as if their own two touchdown comeback had been made complete when Caleb Adames scampered into the end zone after a 30-yard strike from quarterback Connor Bryant, but the play was called back for offensive holding. However, the Rangers kept their cool, converting on third-and-inches.

Two plays later Bryant quickly ditched a shovel pass to his running back, Ricky Brutus, seconds before three Red Raiders swallowed the QB up. Brutus caught the short pitch and ran toward the far corner of the end zone, crossing the pile-on with just 14 seconds remaining in Methuen’s 35-28 win at Lowell.

“We have a theme of the week every week, and this week…it was to be a finisher, and we finished this game,” said Methuen head coach Tom Ryan.

“In the fourth quarter we rallied and we finished.”

The Rangers (3-1) looked set to pull away early after a pair of rushing touchdowns in the first quarter, one of which came on a 55-yard run from Brutus. However, the Red Raiders (0-3) erased the deficit and went up by two scores themselves, thanks to a pair of pick-sixes in the second quarter that sandwiched two offensive touchdown.

Despite the turnover issues, Bryant remained poised, delivering a 67-yard rocket off of a flea flicker to halve the deficit. His squad overcame it entirely early in the fourth quarter thanks to Brutus’s second of three touchdowns and a successful two-point conversion. And when Lowell again knocked on the door of the end zone, the Ranger defense held strong, turning a first-and-goal at the 4-yard line into a turnover on downs with two key sacks. That put the ball back in Bryant’s hands with 3:04 left, and set the stage for Methuen’s theatrics.

“It was just a broken play and our quarterback and our running back made a phenomenal play,” Coach Ryan said.

“We wanted him to run out of bounds and he cuts back inside and gets the touchdown. Amazing play by Ricky Brutus.”

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Football, 09/21/18 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

WHittier grinds past Georgetown

 

GEORGETOWN — In what was a wild back-and-forth offensive battle, Whittier Tech scored last Friday night.

Led by AJ Espinal and Hector Gomez, the Wildcats piled up 483 yards on the ground and outscored the Royals, 44-34.

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Football, 09/21/18 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Owls storm back

Trailing 2-0, Timberlane rallied for the 3-2 win over Salem. Ellie Schott had 25 assists and Sam Carrigan contributed 16 digs in the win. Salem dropped to 6- 2 while the Owls improved to 3-3.

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Girls Volleyball, 09/21/18 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Caceres, Mezidor shine but Reggies fall

WEST ANDOVER — Jose Caceres (21-136) and Ader Mezidor (10-111) both surpassed 100 yards rushing but Greater Lawrence couldn't overcome a 26-0 halftime deficit and lost to Hamilton-Wenham 26-16. The Reggies (1-2) did all their scoring in the third quarter on two short TD runs by Caceres, who also added both conversions.

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Football, 09/21/18 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Windham wins thriller over Astros

WINDHAM – After winning each of the past two Division 2 field hockey titles, Windham has found a move up in class to its liking.

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Field Hockey, 09/18/18 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

VIDEO: Andover volleyball's Eduardo Machado

Eduardo Machado is a standout for the Andover volleyball team — he leads the team in assists and kills — and is also a star in the classroom. He is ranked in the top 10 percent of his class, scored a 2,170 on his SATs and will be attending RPI.

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05/17/12 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

VIDEO: Salem runner Eric Tahtamoni

Salem runner Eric Tahtamoni talks about his new love of hurdles, and his hopes to break the school record in the 400.

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05/11/12 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

VIDEO: Haverhill runner Mike McNaughton

Haverhill's Mike McNaughton talks about his career as a runner.
 
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05/04/12 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

VIDEO: Andover lax star Jaymi Cohen

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VIDEO: Andover softball talks "New Start"

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04/06/12 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

VIDEO: Highlights of 2012 high school hockey season

Take a look back at some of the best highlights from the 2012 high school hockey season.

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03/22/12 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

VIDEO: Highlights of 2012 high school hockey season

Take a look back at some of the best highlights from the 2012 high school hockey season.

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03/22/12 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

VIDEO: Pregame for Andover basketball

Andover captains Nicole Boudreau and Ally Fazio talk about their state title game an hour before game time.

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03/17/12 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

VIDEO: Pentucket wins Division 3 state title

Video highlights and interviews from Worcester after Pentucket won the Division 3 North title at the DCU Center in Worcester.

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03/17/12 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

VIDEO: Meet the Andover girls basketball team

Meet the Golden Warriors in this video featuring the members of the Golden Warriors.

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