Wachusett(6-3, 4-0 Mid-Wach A) @. North Middlesex (3-6, 1-3 Mid-Wach B) 7 p.m.
Last Friday night was a tough one of sorts for the Patriots defensive line against Algonquin. The Tomahawks had their running back Stephen Roy finish with 179-yards rushing on 24-carries and two touchdowns. North Middlesex's offense was led by quarterback John Boutwell who threw for two touchdowns to Bryan Croteau and Dylan Woods.
The Wachusett Mountaineers blew out Milford 26-6 on the road. The first quarter was all Mountaineers as they scored two touchdowns, and their defense contributed a safety. Wachusett's offense was spearheaded by running back Scott Tupper on touchdown runs of nine and seven-yards. North Middlesex is looking to bounce back from a tough loss on the road to the 2-7 Tomahawks. The Patriots have been reeling since losing to Hudson in week seven. This year has been a crucial step forward in the rebuilding process in Townsend; Friday's game against Wachusett will be a good barometer for the Patriots.
*Tupper has 122 carries for 655-yards and 11 TD's this season.
*Senior quarterback Scott Beardsley is 18-of-47 for 377-yards passing and 3 TD's.
*Brandon Miller (45 tackles and three sacks) and Sammy Rivera(three interceptions) pace the Mountaineers' defense.
*Boutwell was 8-of-14 for 111-yards against Algonquin last Friday, with two touchdown passes and an interception.
*North Middlesex is still searching for that elusive first win at home. 0-4 this season.
*When the two teams met on Nov. 11 of last season Wachusett blew out the Pats in Holden 35-7.
Ayer-Shirley(1-8, 0-4 Mid-Wach D) @. Southbridge (3-6, 2-2 SWCL) 7 p.m.
Ayer-Shirley travels to Southbridge this week for a non-conference tilt with the Southbridge Pioneers of the Southern Worcester County League. The Pioneers fell to Millbury last week in a barn-burner, 28-25. Southbridge's offense was keyed by 60 and 47-yard touchdown gallops by Emilio Torres. Southbridge quarterback Al Gilliard hauled in a 65-yard touchdown pass off an option in the loss. Millbury recovered an onside kick late in the fourth quarter setting up the Woolies late fourth quarter drive. Ayer-Shirley is on the road for the third straight week in a row.
The Panthers fell to Narragansett 41-14, and if it wasn't for a defensive letdown in the second quarter. Ayer-Shirley's defense allowed 21-points to the Warriors potent offensive attack. Senior wide receiver Justis Wallace continues to spearhead the Panthers offense, along with his quarterback Zak Walker.
Wallace hauled in eight catches for 127-yards and two touchdowns in Ayer-Shirley's loss to the Warriors. Walker completed 12-of-25 passes, with two touchdowns to Wallace for 53 and 26-yards.
*Wallace has 17 catches for 253-yards and 9 TD's this season and averages just under 15-yards per catch.
*Walker has completed 31-of-51 passing for 419-yards and 10 TD's.
*Sophomore running back Ariel De La Cruz is the Pioneers leading rusher with nine carries for 90-yards for 3 TD's.
*Chad Latzo leads the Southbridge defense with three sacks.
Groton-Dunstable(8-1, 4-0 Mid-Wach C) @. Lunenburg(4-5, 3-2 Mid-Wach C) 7 p.m.
Groton-Dunstable football fans were given a post- Halloween treat by the Crusaders in their thrilling 29-27 victory over Gardner. The crowd produced a playoff style atmosphere, and the two squads did not disappoint. The Crusaders were led on the offensive side of the ball by junior quarterback Mack Eberheart who accounted for 121-yards of total offense. History was made last Friday by Matt Manning on the defensive side of the ball. Manning made a school-record 27 tackles in the game, and scored three touchdowns on offense.
Manning even scored the game-winner in overtime. Groton-Dunstable finds themselves up against a Lunenburg team that has found themselves on the ropes in recent weeks. The Blue Knights halted a three-game losing skid with a 30-13 victory over Mid-Wach C foe Oakmont. Lunenburg was led offensively by their senior quarterback Greg Abare. Abare accumulated over 100-yards of total offense with two touchdowns on the ground and one through the air.
*Winners of six straight games since week four.
*Eberheart is 25-of-53 passing for 645-yards and 9 TD's.
*Sophomore defensive back Drew Moore is among the CMass. Leaders in interceptions with four.
*Abare has rushed for 1,036 yards and 14 touchdowns this season on 138 attempts.
*Cody Jacobs leads the Blue Knights defense with 59 tackles this season
*Cody Lanzilotti has seven catches totaling for 126-yards and a touchdown.