A crisp October morning made a perfect day to face off with our biggest rival at the biggest stage in Framingham: Bowditch Field. The Framingham youth football squads took on Natick on Sunday, October 20, 2013. Here are some highlights from the D Team’s Game.
Natick had possession to begin the first half, but Framingham was able to stop them from finding the first score of the day with the help of a sack by Keion Mitchell. The Flyers could not get their engines rolling, however, and turned the ball over on downs after four plays. Natick’s offense saw a spark when they found the endzone in the subsequent drive, but this touchdown was called back because of a penalty. Richard Boston Jr. had some key tackles and Natick was not able to find the endzone again on this drive. Akye Boston, Jamar Williams, and Waldeney Santos Jr. helped carry the ball on offense, but as a whole, the Flyers couldn’t advance very much on the Natick defense. Natick finally bust out of their shell with a five-yard touchdown run. They led 7-0 at halftime.
Framingham’s halftime speech must have been very rousing, as they came back with a 52 yard touchdown run by Akye Boston. They couldn’t convert the extra point, though, and trailed by a mere one point. They Flyer defense held Natick without a score, and Waldeney Santos Jr and Akye Boston kept moving the chains with some great runs. But, penalties costed the Flyers, and they had to turn the ball over on downs. Natick’s offense now had possession nearing the end of the game with a very tiny lead. Natick moved its offense at a slow and steady pace, pounding the ball up the middle play after play and killing time on the clock at the same time. Pushing their way to the 1-yard line, Framingham’s defense finally stepped up halted Natick. It was now or never, as Framingham had the ball at the Natick 2 yard line with 1:16 left in the fourth quarter. Sadly, the Flyers couldn’t convert, throwing an interception within two plays. They lost by a score of 7-6.
I have had a tremendous amount of fun covering the E2, E1, and D Level Framingham Youth Football this year. Thank you to the coaches and players for making this such as fun regular season. The E2 and E1 season are over, and I wish the players and coaches good luck for next year. Despite the tough loss to Natick, the Framingham D Team still makes the playoffs as the 4th seed with a 5-3 record. The will play an undefeated Wellesley team on Sunday, October 27 at 9:30 A.M at Framingham State, a rematch of a game that was one 7-0 by Wellesley in overtime earlier this season. Congratulations to the D team for making the playoffs and make sure to wish them luck for their game on Sunday!