Big Plays Lift Tigers to Victory
TYNGSBORO -- Rivals Tyngsboro High and Groton-Dunstable Regional hooked up for their annual matchup on a sunny yet frigid Thanksgiving morning.
The Tigers made big plays on both sides of the ball and emerged with a 32-7 victory.
Tyngsboro 32 Groton-Dunstable 7
Tyngsboro led 8-7 at the half as the teams traded touchdowns late.
Senior Ben Rivet put the Crusaders on the board with a 3-yard run before Evan Robson, a senior, would answer for Tyngsboro with a 69-yard sideline scamper.
Junior Phil Sutherland ran in the conversion.
The Tigers’ defense pitched a second-half shutout and the offense got rolling for three touchdowns.
First, sophomore Panth Patel killed a Crusader drive, pouncing on a fumble on the Tyngsboro 30.
Then, sophomore quarterback Tucker Carmichael led the Tigers on a 70-yard drive that included a 36-yard pass to Sutherland and an in-the-grasp fourth-down pass to sophomore Zack Souza.
Carmichael finished the impressivve drive with a 1-yard keeper and was pushed across by his linemen for the two-point conversion.
A fourth-down sack by THS freshman Jayden Valkavitch would put the Tiger offense on the Groton-Dunstable 25 with 7:46 to go in the game.
Sophomore Justin Huberty capped the drive with a six-yard touchdown run that put Tyngsboro up 22-7.
Carmichael hit sophomore tight end Josh Lesofsky for the conversion.
Freshman Luke McHugh would record another fourth-down sack for the Tigers and that helped to set up their final score.
Carmichael hit Keenan Haley with a 19-yard touchdown and also threw to him for the two-point conversion and the final score.
Tyngsboro finished the season with a sharp 7-4 record led by its impressive defense.
Groton-Dunstable ended up 1-9.