ASHBURNHAM — The North Middlesex Cowboys visited Oakmont and posted a decisive 30-0 victory over the Chargers to improve to 5-0 for the season.
Oakmont took over at their own 22-yard line to start the game, but were forced into a three-and-out by the Cowboys’ defensive unit of Ryan Romich, T.J. Schools Justin Shutt, Mike Shaw, Kevin Kieda, Matt Hamel, Joshua Hussey, Tom Blain, Justin Shertzer, Leo P. LeBlanc Jr., and Steve Parsons. Oakmont punted the ball out to their own 47-yard line where the Cowboys brought out their offense.
On the first play from scrimmage, LeBlanc, behind blocks from Jarrod Hegarty and Kieda scooted away and rambled 27 yards to the Oakmont 20-yard line. Zach Rowland and Ryan Romich then sprung Tom Blain outside and he darted into the end zone for the first score. The extra point was good and the Cowboys were up 8-0.
The North Middlesex defense forced another Oakmont punt as Tom Carver and Phillip Smulligan got into the backfield on the first two plays, followed up by a sack from Romich. The first quarter ended with an Oakmont punt to their own 46-yard line.
North Middlesex gained 38 yards in two plays before a Joshua Hussey run to the 2-yard line was negated by a holding penalty. With the ball on the 18-yard line, Brian “Dancing Bear” Wetherbee and Ben Morse sprung LeBlanc loose for a jaunt to the end zone. The extra point was good to make it 16-0.
The Chargers bobbled the ensuing kickoff as Adam “Ball Magnet” Lapierre pounced on the fumble to give the offense the ball back at the Oakmont 20 yard line. On the first play from scrimmage, LeBlanc raced into the end zone for the score. The extra point was good and the score was now 22-0. The half ended as Justin Shutt sacked the quarterback, and Blaine and Calvin Cutts stopped them from moving the ball forward.
After a botched on-sides kick by Oakmont, North Middlesex started the second half on Oakmont’s 45-yard line. Quarterback Brendan Wile then hit Kevin “stretch” Kieda on a 17 yard passing route. Hard running by Justin Shertzer off superb blocking by Scott Dolan and “Mango” Nicholas Mangiacotti moved the ball to the 17. Wile then connected with LeBlanc for the touchdown. The Cowboys took a knee on the extra point attempt and the lead was 30-0 Cowboys.
The highlight of the final quarter was Matt “Hemmie” Hamel pouncing on an Oakmont fumble.
North Middlesex (5 -0) takes their unbeaten record into Wachusett (5 – 0) in the battle of the unbeaten Sunday at 6:00 p.m. in Wachusett.