REGION — Both the North Middlesex Patriots’ seventh- and eighth-grade football teams rolled to easy wins to keep their strong seasons going.
The seventh-grade Patriots dispatched the Hudson Hawks 26-6 as Anton Dotson had the game of his life with four touchdowns. In the contest, Dotson scored on runs of 1, 32, 8 and 15 yards. Superb blocking by Jozef Kiluk, Ryan MacDonald, Trevor Ross and Richie Sharp paved the way for Dotson.
Kiluk also had an excellent day with two great punt returns that put North Middlesex in excellent field position throughout the game. MacDonald chipped in with several nice runs through the heart of the Hudson defense.
The North Middlesex defense, which didn’t allow any points until the final minutes of the contest, gang-tackled Hudson running backs all afternoon. Leaders on the defensive side of the football were Dale Wilkins (sack, blocked extra point), Kiluk and Ryan Waitkus.
The eighth-grade Patriots continued to roll as they posted an easy 30-0 win over Nipmuc.
After watching Dotson set the tone in the seventh-grade game, Kelvin Rivera decided to do the same for the eighth-grade team as he racked up 216 overall yards and four touchdowns. He scored on runs of 52, 38, 8 and 79 yards, demonstrating tremendous running ability by beating Nipmuc defenders to the end zone all game long.
Rivera’s success is credited to great blocks by Tyler Zech, Brad Stumpf, Cam Clermont and Matt Donohue.
Stumpf also had a productive offensive day, keeping several drives alive with hard running up the middle.
The North Middlesex defense held the Nipmuc offense to just 41 yards of total offense. Standouts on defense were Donahue (fumble recovery), Stumpf, Chris Kent, Dan Kent and Jesse Cronin.