Ghosts Can’t Stay Hot in Second Half
ACTON -- Only the most loyal of fans braved the 10-degree, 20-mph winds whipping across the football field to see the Acton-Boxboro Colonials outscore the visiting Grey Ghosts of Westford, 35-19 on Thanksgiving morning.
Acton-Boxboro 35 Westford Academy 19
The Colonials’ win capped a very successful season at 9-1 overall and a Dual County League championship.
Westford finished 5-6.
WA looked strong in the first half and had the A-B faithful concerned about a possible upset in the making.
Westford’s Scott Beattie knocked down a Finn Murray pass early on to thwart an early Colonial threat.
The cold weather made holding the ball difficult and Westford took advantage of a fumble recovery with the first score of the game.
Beattie came up big again, catching a 30-yard pass from Cam Barisano and putting the visitors up 7-0 after a Chris Kennedy point-after kick.
Midway through the second, Acton-Boxboro quarterback Finn Murray led an 80-yard drive, finishing with a 3-yard keeper. The point-after by Finney tied the game at 7. Late in the second a key Westford sack by Adam Ohanian put an end to a Colonial drive and the game was locked at seven as the half sounded.
Early in the third quarter, on a bad toss play by A-B, Westford’s Garrett Ackerman picked up the loose ball and ran it in from the 36 for another Westford score. A missed kick put the Grey Ghosts up 13-7.
Acton-Boxboro then took advantage of a nice screen play on its next possession, putting the hosts deep in Ghost territory. Murray would take it in easily on a 1-yard keeper and at 3:59 of the third quarter, the home team would have its first lead.
The Colonials would prove their season was no fluke as they scored again in the first second of the final quarter.
Murray would connect with Stan Bernard from 26-yards out to extend the lead to 21-13.
Less than four minutes later Acton-Boxboro standout Vic Otero ran it in from the 26 to begin to put this one out of reach at 28-13.
Murray and Otero connected again late in the final quarter on a 6-yard pass and a 35-13 lead.
The Ghosts continued to play hard and showed their pride with a Barisano to Garrett Jacobsmeier 21-yard touchdown pass as the frozen affair came to a close.
“We showed determination and worked hard all game,” stated Westford head coach Pat Gendron. “We need to set our goals for next year, we have work to do. Our seniors, Nick Antes, Tyler Bella and Cam Barisano, showed their leadership all season.”