Quick Start for Tewksbury
TEWKSBURY -- The Tewksbury High football team breezed past Lawrence High on the first “opening night” in school history.
Playing under rented lights, the Redmen blasted the visiting Lancers, 34-6, in a Merrimack Valley Conference game.
Tewksbury 34, Lawrence 6
Tewksbury is 3-0 all-time playing under the portable lights but this is the first time the Redmen have used them for a season opener.
Quarterback Jay Connolly connected on 8 out of 12 passes for 222 yards and 2 touchdowns, while Shane Aylward and Kyle Zervas also contributed heavily on offense.
Aylward caught just 4 passes but they went for 187 yards and a touchdown, while Zervas ran for two scores and caught a pass from Connolly for a third TD.
Tewksbury led 14-0 after the first quarter and 21-0 at halftime. The Redmen scored on the game’s first offensive play when Connolly threw a screen pass to Aylward, who scampered 63 yards for a touchdown.
Tyler Keough kicked the first off his 4 extra points.
Shortly after than Zervas went in from 3 yards out, capping a 6-play drive with the big play being a 51-yard pass to Aylward.
In the second quarter Zervas caught a 7-yard scoring pass from Connolly at the tail end of a long 10-play, 95-yard drive. Key plays were a 28-yard pass to Jack Kelly and a 21-yarder to Zervas.
Zervas scored in the fourth quarter on a 9-yard run. He finished the game with 33 yards rushing on 6 carries and 47 yards receiving on 4 catches.
Brandon Santell caught a 5-yard pass from Jacob Tamayo to put Lawrence on the board in the fourth quarter, and Tewksbury’s Kyle Darrigo finished up the scoring with a 10-yard TD run.
Defensively Jack Kelly forced a fumble, and sacks were recorded by Dylan Chandler, Derek Graffeo and Kelly.
After the win, Tewksbury coach Brian Aylward had high praise for his opposite number, Rhandy Audate.
“He is going to do a good job,” said Aylward. “That whole program is kind of scary to me. They have some good energy and he has a good rapport with them. They have some talented kids. They showed us some things we need to work on.”