Football Notebook: Fitchburg is Building Momentum
FITCHBURG -- With an important first win under their belt, the Red Raiders of Fitchburg High School will look to keep that winning going on Friday when they welcome Marlboro to the corner of Circle and Broad (7 p.m., FATV).
Fitchburg (1-3) will take on a Panthers team which suffered its first loss last week in a grinder against Nashoba, 16-13. Back in Week One, Marlboro had a tough time with Leominster.
But since then, the Panthers had their way with Algonquin, 28-0, and beat Westboro, 20-0. That being said, Marlboro’s having some difficulties in keeping North Worcester County teams out of the end zone.
Does that continue against the Red and Gray, who gorged themselves in Friday’s 42-14 win over North Middlesex?
Fitchburg has shown through the first four weeks of the season -- with the exception of the 32-2 defeat at the hands of Nashoba -- that it can get into the end zone. FHS needs to bottle the success it had against Shepherd Hill in Week Two and against North Middlesex last Saturday and keep doing what it found successful.
A year ago, the Red Raiders had come from behind to challenge Marlboro, which had gone up by two TDs early in the second half down at Kelleher Field. FHS ultimately fell short, but its fortitude a year ago set up the final two months of the season.
Also in Week Five around the region:
Leominster will look to avoid a second consecutive 0-5 start as the Blue Devils head to Worcester to take on Doherty at Foley Stadium (6:30 p.m., WPKZ 105.3 FM). The Highlanders are a perfect 4-0 so far, and have only allowed a grand total of 19 points (4.75 points per game), including a 14-0 shutout of Tantasqua Regional back in Week Three.
If LHS wants to slow the Highlanders down -- and head coach Sean Mulcahy does a fantastic job with his alma mater -- it just needs to look and see what the Warriors did two weeks ago, and what Wachusett Regional did back in Week One. Those are the only two squads to really limit Doherty, having put up 51 points against Holy Name and 42 against St. Peter-Marian last weekend.
Nashoba will look to continue its winning ways when it travels to Northboro to take on Algonquin (1-3); Lunenburg will also look to keep up the winning with its toughest test to date as the Blue Knights (4-0) will host West Boylston (4-0); same with St. Bernard’s (4-0), which travels to Upton to take on Nipmuc (4-0), which dismantled Hudson a week ago, 47-0.
Ayer Shirley (3-1) looks to return to form when it hosts Murdock (3-1), while Monty Tech (0-4) will host Worcester Tech (0-4) in a battle of winless teams.
On Saturday, Oakmont (1-3) will travel to St. Peter-Marian for a noon start, Gardner (0-4) will travel up the road to Templeton to take on Narragansett (2-2) at 6 p.m., and North Middlesex (2-2) travels to Westboro at 2 p.m.
Other games to keep your peepers on: Wachusett will host Shepherd Hill Friday, while St. John’s hosts Shrewsbury in the Battle of Exit 22 at 4.