E2 Team: The Mustangs had the ball to begin the game and put the first points on the board getting to an early 7-0 lead. After a couple of plays, the Flyers fumbled the ball and handed it back to Newton. Despite a good defensive effort, Newton put Framingham in a deep hole early in the game, scoring on a 20 yard run. On the subsequent drive, Jack Oliveira carried the ball for the Flyers, and Josh Berman completed a pass to Brendan Treacy, but it wasn’t enough for Framingham to score. Newton scored once more before halftime on a 41 yard run. They led 20-0 at the half.
The Flyers got the ball at the start of the third quarter, but still could not manage to find the end zone, turning the ball over on downs. They did come up with a nice defensive stand of their own, however, and got the ball right back without allowing a Newton first down. Runs by Josh Berman and Jack Oliveira helped Framingham lead a drive that resulted in a 27 yard touchdown carry by Oliveira. Newton’s long, 58 yard touchdown was called back on their next drive, and tackles by Berman, David Damon, Nicholas Price, and Nicholas Anderson helped prevent Newton from reaching the end zone again. Framingham ended up losing valiantly, 20-6.
I talked to coach Alex Perez about how he felt about the game, and he said that his team was a little slow in the first half but rally picked up the game in the second half. Also, when asked about his team’s blocking scheme, which looked solid at points yet disappointing at others, he said that the only thing that would make them better is practice and blocking dills.
E1 Team: Newton once again got the ball to start the game, and led a slow, consistent drive. Framingham defenders Brandon Fontanelle, Devin Valente, Timothy Sullivan, and John Yerardi made nice stops during the dive, and Cody Coleman had a huge sack that forced the quarterback to fumble, but Newton was still able to strike first. The Flyers were not hesitant to answer, though, as running back Cody Coleman scored within three plays on a 54 yard touchdown run. The Mustangs wanted their lead back, and got it fairly quickly. Their running back had a great run, breaking out of a pile and taking the ball 40 yards to score. The Flyers fumbled the ball in their last possession of the half, and ended the second quarter down 12-6.
Framingham couldn’t get much going in their first drive out of the half, turning over the ball on downs. Joseph Balboni and Timothy Sullivan made some tackles to hold off Newton, and John Yerardi kept making stops in the defensive secondary like he had been doing all day. Framingham recovered a Newton fumble on the same drive, but had to punt it away within four plays. Newton then added their third touchdown with a 22 yard run. Framingham held the Newton offense tight for the rest of the game, and Framingham desperately ran a very quick offense in the final minutes of the game and was fairly successful. It wasn’t enough, though, as the Flyers lost 18-6.
After the game, Coach Steve Yerardi said that he felt his team played their best towards the end of the game.
D Team: After two tough losses to start the day, Flyer nation hoped that the first game with announcers would wake Framingham up and ignite the Flyers’ to get the first win of the day. The Mustangs turned over the ball on their first possession, but were able capitalize on a Framingham fumble and regain it. But, Akye Boston was able to use his lightning-fast speed to force a Newton fumble within the 10 yard line. Framingham used their great field possession to their advantage, scoring on a short run by Robert Viele. The Flyers kept the Newton offense quiet, with tackles by Cory Hemmer, Brady Morgan, Robert Viele, and Akye Boston. Jamar Williams had a huge hit on the same drive within the 30 yard line, forcing a fumble and allowing Akye Boston to scoop the ball up and take it for a touchdown. Framingham continued its ruthless pursuit of the ball, forcing a third fumble that was recovered by Jamar Williams. The Flyers then found themselves in a 4th and 20 situation, and almost got the first down after a 19 yard carry by Akye Boston. The offensive unit didn’t stay on the sideline for long, though, as William Villafane recovered yet another Newton fumble within two plays. On the second play of the next Newton drive, the running back was running strong and was on his way to gain some solid yardage. But, Jamar Williams managed to seamlessly strip the ball away from him, take it towards the other sideline, and then sprint 55 yards up field for a touchdown. Newton had enough of their turnovers and finally scored on a 63 yard run. Allowing its first points in 15 quarters, Framingham was eager to regain the separation they had before. Akye Boston ran in to a hoard of defenders near the line of scrimmage on fourth down, but cut back to the other side to score a 55 yard touchdown. Jamar Williams also had another exciting play in the first half, stripping the ball from a Newton defender who had just intercepted a Framingham pass. The Flyers led 26-6 at halftime.
Jamar Williams had an electrifying kickoff return to start the half, but Framingham would turn over on downs during their drive. Newton had the ball at the Framingham 18 yard line, and the Flyers forced a fumble and got the ball back at this prime field position in the red zone. Jamar Williams had an 8 yard run, followed by a 9 yard touchdown by Akye Boston to cap the drive. Williams couldn’t stop making big plays on the defensive side of the ball, intercepting the Newton quarterback within a few minutes. Richard Boston Jr., Heriberto Lopez, and Cory Hemmer helped the Flyer defense stifle the Mustang offense for the rest of the game. Also, Michael Tolson had a touchdown that was called back, but Jamar Williams was able to score on a 14 yard run the next play for Framingham’s final score of the game. The Flyers won by a score of 39-6.