Defense Doesn’t Rest for the Grey Ghosts
WESTFORD -- Westford Academy hosted the Lions of Newton South and outplayed them, 25-22, in a game fraught with turnovers, but also highlight reel defensive efforts by the Grey Ghosts.
Key Westford (4-5) stops were made by Adam Ohanian, Garrett Ackerman, Tyler Bella, Sean Brown and Christopher Kennedy in assuring the home squad of the consolation bracket victory.
Newton South (3-6) blocked a WA punt to open the game and turned it into a quick score when quarterback Angelo Rodriguez connected with Jonah Meyer from 10 yards out. The Lions then successfully executed a two-point conversion for an 8-0 lead.
Westford’s Ohanian promptly jumped on a Lion fumble, leading to a Nick Faretra 6-yard keeper slicing through a hole created by junior Justin Quinton and sophomore Nathan Fischer. Westford head coach Pat Gendron then responded by calling a two-point conversion of his own as Faretra hit Ohanian resulting in an 8-8 score.
Grey Ghost senior captain Bella set up the next score with a slick 57-yard run from his own 21-yard line. Only a few plays later Bella would find the end zone, taking it in from the four and WA led 15-8 at the half.
Newton South responded early in the third when Meyer notched his second score of the game, taking it in from the 15. The point after by Jack Wylie was good and the game was tied 15-15.
Westford’s Cam Barisano led a drive from his own 27 on the next series and senior Christopher Kennedy connected on a 22-yard field goal to extend the WA lead by three.
Garrett Ackerman intercepted a Newton South pass on his own 20 and took it back 74 yards only for Newton South to then intercept a WA throw in return on the next play.
Barisano responded by extending the Ghost lead on a QB keeper after the defense held the Lions to a four-and-out on their own 1.
Newton South scored with just 54 seconds left on the clock, but time would run out with Westford ahead 25-22.
Christopher Kennedy had an exceptional kicking night with several long punts, including one over 50 yards and often pinning the Lions inside their own 10.