Redmen Football Update: Week 7

Andrew Della Piana

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Ever since the Tewksbury Memorial High School (TMHS) football team lost their home opener to Methuen in Week 2, the Redmen have been looking unstoppable as they are looking for another appearance at Gillette Stadium for the second straight season. The Redmen are currently on a four-game winning streak including wins against BC High, North Andover, Billerica, and Chelmsford to move to 5-1 with one game remaining in the regular season. This past weekend, the Redmen took care of business at home against a struggling Chelmsford Lions team that was without starting quarterback in Brett Baker. The Redmen were once again without their star back/receiver Shane Aylward who missed his second straight game after he injured his shoulder back in the Week 4 win over North Andover. Even without Aylward, the Redmen had 402 total yards of offense, including 307 on the ground in the dominant 35-6 win over Chelmsford on Saturday.

It was a scoreless first quarter as it took a little while for the Redmen to click, but once they did, it didn’t take long for them to come away with another victory. The Redmen’s run-game was led early by Tyler Keough, Kalu Olu, and Kyle Darrigo as all three each other had over 60 yards on the ground. The Redmen scored three touchdowns in the second quarter to take a 21-0 lead into halftime. Touchdowns in the quarter were a 9-yard run by Keough, who also had five PAT kicks on the day. Also, they added a 4-yard TD run by Darrigo to make it 14-0. On thefinal play of the half, QB Ryne Rametta faked to QB spike and threw a beautiful 15-yard pass to Nolan Timmons in the back of the endzone to end the first half.

It was the same story in the second half as the Redmen added two more scores with Keough’s 70-yard run for his second TD of the game and a 1-yard run by Danny Fleming to increase the lead to 35-0 by the end of the third quarter. Chelmsford’s only score of the game came on a 23-yard run by QB Aiden Scott in garbage time of the fourth quarter. The Redmen’s defense played incredible against the Lions’ rushing attack all game as they held Chelmsford to 1 rushing yard the entire game. Stephen Arsenault, Owen Gilligan, Will McKay, Riley Auth, Dylan Chandler and Matt Rosemond all had tackles for a loss. Tewksbury played incredible on both sides of the football as they will look to keep asserting their dominance as they will be at Dracut (3-3) this coming Friday night to end the regular season. They are currently in third place in the D3 North standings, but with a win and losses by Concord-Carlisle and Danvers, the would jump into the number one seed for the playoffs and would earn home-field advantage throughout.