This past weekend, the Flyers 5th, 6th and 7th grade teams capped off the end of their 2012-13 regular seasons, all with wins against Wellesley.
The 8th grade team traveled to Lincoln-Sudbury for a rematch, also walking away victorious.
5th Grade (D Team): The 5th grade game was a hard fought defensive battle with Framingham prevailing by a final score of 6-0. Although Framingham would possess the ball for most of the half, neither team would score before the midpoint of the game. The Flyers stingy defense held tough on a goal line stand, with Shane Ayotte making the tackle on 4th and goal for Wellesley.
The third quarter would be just as much a defensive battle as the first two. The Flyer defense would flex its muscles and force a fumble, setting up Ayotte’s 61- yard touchdown score, the only score of the game. At the end of the 3rd quarter, the score was 6-0 Framingham.
The Flyers would put another drive together as quarterback Jonathan Beverly would complete passes to Adam Ohanian and Andrew Keane, but the drive would stall as Wellesley would receive the ball on a turnover on downs.
Nicholas Parga’s interception with 2:09 left in the game would seal the deal for the 5th graders and the Flyers would run out the clock to a 6-0 victory.
6th Grade (C Team): The 6th grade game would prove to be just as close as the one before, with Framingham snatching an 18-6 win in the final minutes of the game.
Framingham would open the game with a turnover on downs, the defense would respond with a strip-sack of Wellesley’s quarterback and Jason Nolte would recover the loose ball for Framingham. Quarterback Peter Sleight would complete a pass to David Benjamin Reyes who would run with the ball all the way to the Wellesley 4 yard line. Scott Spindler would push his way into the endzone for the Flyers’ first score of the day. The following Wellesley drive, the Framingham defense would cause a 4th and long situation for Wellesley but they would convert on an option play. The Flyer defense would not break however, as a goal line stand would set up their offense in their own territory. Derek Spindler would take the ball and run 79 yards to the endzone, extending the Framingham lead to 12-0.
Wellesley would not go away as a touchdown run with a minute left in the half, making the score 12-6 Framingham at halftime.
Framingham would open the 3rd quarter with a fumble. Wellesley tried to put together a scoring drive, but a tackle in the backfield by BonScot Devlen would set up a passing situation for Wellesley. Johnsued Lanzo would make a spectacular leaping interception right before the end of the quarter. The Flyers would not be able to capitalize on the opportunity as their drive would stall. Wellesley take advantage of good field position and score with 4 minutes left.
It would be Lanzo who emerged to score the go-ahead touchdown on a 40 yard run. Wellesley would try to score at the end but could only get off 2 plays before time expired. The Flyers walked away with an 18-12 victory.
7th Grade (B team): The 7th grade Flyer team put together back to back wins with their 18-6 victory over Wellesley.
While the teams would go back and forth in the first quarter, neither would score in the first quarter of action. The Raiders would have a big opportunity at the open of the second quarter, as a bad snap on 4th down for Framingham set up 1st and goal for Wellesley on the Framingham 4 yard line. Wellesley would not score however, as the defense would stop them 4 times in a row and force Wellesley to turn the ball over on downs.
On the ensuing Flyer possession, Jaylen Avila-Bailey would bust loose for an 82 yard run before being tackled at the 1 yard line. Riding the hot hand, the offense would give the ball to Bailey on the very next play and he would punch it in for a touchdown, making the score 6-0. That would be all for the 2nd quarter and Framingham would carry the lead going into halftime.
In the third quarter the Flyers would come out gunning. After a turnover on downs by Wellesley, quarterback Aaron Shapiro completed a pass to tight end Evan Daniels on 4th and long to keep the drive going as the third quarter came to an end.
On the same drive, Bailey would touch the endzone once again to extend the score to 12-0. Wellesley would turn the ball over on downs again. This time, on his first touch as a fullback, Marko Turcios would rumble 49 yards to a score of his own and Framingham would take a commanding 18-0 lead.
Wellesley made some noise on the kickoff, returning it for a touchdown of the game. It would not matter though as the Flyers would cruise to the 18-6 win to cap off their regular season.
8th Grade (A Team): On Saturday night, the 8th grade team traveled to Lincoln-Sudbury for a rematch against the Warriors. Framingham would snatch victory from the jaws of defeat, winning 12-8.
The Flyers drew first blood, with Joseph Tolson running the ball in after a long run by Edrick Meuse. The Flyers missed the extra point so the score remained 6-0. On defense, Jimmy Santiago made his presence known to the Warriors’ quarterback, sacking him.
However, the Warriors would make several adjustments in the second quarter. The Flyers defense would be put to the test as Lincoln-Sudbury passed the ball with more frequency. The Warriors’ receivers competed with the secondary, making impressive catches regardless of good coverage by the Flyers. The Warriors would score on a pass and convert the extra point, making the score 8-6. The Flyers would find themselves down at halftime.
The Flyers appeared to settle down in the third quarter, stopping the Warriors on several occasions. Turnovers proved to be costly though, as the very first play after getting the ball of a Warriors turnover on downs, Meuse would be stripped and Lincoln-Sudbury would recover the fumble to close the third quarter.
The turnover would not hurt the Flyers as the Warriors failed to score. Framingham would score on Charles James’ run touchdown after a brilliant kickout block by Meuse to free up running room for James. Once again the extra point would be missed, so Framingham was left to cling to a 12-8 lead with time winding down.
It appeared as if the Flyers would emerge victorious after recovering a fumble from Lincoln-Sudbury, but on the very first play the Flyers would give the ball right back on a fumble of their own. The Warriors would drive down to the Flyer red zone, but Josh Davis’ big hit on the Warriors’ quarterback forced an incompletion and a critical third down. The Flyers would stop the Warriors’ third down attempt to bring up 4th down with 1:56 left in the game. The Warriors’ pass attempt would be batted down and the Flyers would take over. After kneeling the ball down in the victory formation, the Flyers walked away with a close 12-8 win.
This weekend, the 5th, 6th and 7th grade teams have a bye weekm but the 8th grade team will host Weymouth in their final game of the regular season.