TOWNSEND — The Marlborough Panthers came, saw, and conquered in Townsend Friday night, beating the North Middlesex Patriots 33-0. Teaming up against the Patriots were the foursome of Dennis Duplessis, Kyle Thebado, Adam Scerra, and Andre Carbonneau. The group combined for 168 yards rushing and four touchdowns, with all of the scores coming in the first half. The quarterback, Duplessis, was 3-4 for 53 yards and one touchdown to Carbonneau.
Brian Magee was the bright spot for the Patriots, completing six passes in eight attempts for 64 yards, five of those completions to Jake Trickett for 53 yards.
Marlboro’s Eric Roberts intercepted a pass on the first possession of the game and returned it 65 yards for a touchdown for a 6-0 lead after three minutes.
After a North Middlesex punt, the Panthers struck again, driving 51 yards on four plays to add to the lead on Thebado’s two-yard touchdown run. Alex Tello added the conversion kick to make it 13-0 with four minutes left in the first quarter.
The Patriots got stonewalled again, and had a turnover on downs. The Panthers took over, marching down to North Middlesex’s 14 yard line as time ran out in the first quarter.
The first play from scrimmage of the second quarter was a touchdown, this time from Scerra, who ran it in untouched to put his team up 20-0 after a successful kick from Tello.
On the ensuing possession, the Patriots picked up a pair of first downs before turning the ball over on downs, and Marlboro maintained the offensive momentum and scored again, marching 43 yards on five plays. Thebado capped the drive by punching it into the end zone from three yards out to make it 26-0 with six minutes left in the first half.
The Panthers scored one last time before halftime when Duplessis found Carbonneau deep for a 40-yard touchdown pass, before Tello’s PAT sent the teams to intermission with Marlboro on top 33-0.
North Middlesex tried to put some points up late in the half, completing two consecutive passes for 42 yards, but Edgar Ramos cut the drive short with an interception.
The teams played a scoreless second half with Marlboro eating up large chunks of the clock with ball control drives, but the Patriots’ defense didn’t allow them to score.