Two Billerica Teams Get to Eastern Mass. Finals
The Billerica C and D Pop Warner football teams won their playoff games last weekend and will play in the Eastern Mass. championships this week.
The C Team Scouts (10-0) defeated Wilmington 20-15, while the D Team Warriors bested Lawrence 18-12.
For the C Team, Sidney Tildsley started things off with a 72-yard pass and run to Brayton Carbone. On a fake punt, Steven Gentile took a reverse handoff and tossed a bomb to Carbone for a 55-yard touchdown and Billerica led 14-2 at halftime.
Wilmington rallied and took a 15-14 advantage with 3:45 left in the game.
But Gentle and Tildsley led the team down the field with Matty Gray and Carbone catching big passes. Then, behind huge blocks by Aaron Trombley and Eddie Castedoro, Tildsley broke down the left sideline and dove through the pylon for the game-winner.
This week the Scouts take on Methuen in the EMass final. Both teams are 10-0.
For the Billerica D Team, the offense led by Timmy Murphy with help from Ryan Nelson, Cody McCarthy, James Tildsley, Quinn Carbone, Josh Powderly and others, sored a TD but the Warriors trailed 12-6 at halftime.
In the second half the defense, led by Jake Giordano and with support from Erik Knight, Ethan Caceres, Louis Lizotte, Jayden Beaulieu, Aydan Chartier and others, took over. Then Murphy connected with Carbone for a TD pass to tie the game.
Knight made a great defensive play to stop a Hurricane drive and the score was tied 12-12 at the end of regulation.
In overtime, the Warriors quickly recovered a Lawrence fumble. On a fourth down play Carbone took it to the house for the win.
James Hill, Jazz Elouazzanni, Shane Breene, Nate Malandian, Josh Nadeau, Tommy Arsenault and Torin Levy round out the members of the team who contributed to the victory. Billerica will face Saugus in the EMass finals this weekend.
The D1 Billerica Warriors are wearing blue socks for Type 1 diabetes awareness month. Grady McCarthy, 5, was diagnosed with the disease in April. His older brother Cody has played Billerica Pop Warner football for six years and the team has come together to support Grady and raise awareness for Type 1 diabetes.