REGION — The North Middlesex Jr. Mustangs scored 13 unanswered points in the second half to pull away to a 31-12 win over a strong Grafton team.
Erek Benedict picked up his first touchdown of the season with an over-the-shoulder 15-yard touchdown reception from Liam Coughlin. The touchdown was set up by a Tom Bavis interception, which put the Mustangs in great field position.
Bavis then added a touchdown of his own from one yard out. The offensive line, comprised of Craig Croteau, Andrew Hooper, Chris Kent, Bryan Croteau, Dan Kent, Jim Breen and Ben Ferro provided a huge push up the middle. Bavis added another first-half touchdown to give the Mustangs their six point halftime lead.
In the second half, the Mustangs defense tightened up and kept Grafton out of the end zone. The offense continued to score with Dolciotto hauling in a Coughlin pass from 21 yards out. Coughlin scored a touchdown as well on a two-yard keeper.
Benedict played well defensively and made an interception. Trevor Malerbi was in the Grafton backfield all afternoon creating havoc.
Coughlin connected on three of five passes for 39 yards in the game.