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Pats, Vikes, Panthers all on the short end in Week 4 football action


FITCHBURG — Senior Sal Figueroa rushed for 189 yards on 12 carries, while classmate Andrew Brooks was 5 of 7 for 108 yards passing, as Fitchburg High improved to 2-2 with a 35-6 win over North Middlesex Regional at Crocker Field.

North Middlesex fell to 0-4 with the defeat, and will host Westboro at Ayer Shirley Regional High School next Friday.

Fitchburg gained 356 yards of offense against the Pats and the defense forced six North Middlesex punts on the evening.

Longtime North Middlesex head coach Sandy Ruggles was upbeat following the game.

“We played against a very good football team in Fitchburg High, and they played a great game,” Ruggles said. “We got beat by a better team.”

NM threatened at the end of the half, with sophomore quarterback Josh LeBlanc completing four of six passes to get the Patriots deep into the Red Raider red zone.

LeBlanc wrapped up the game with a touchdown pass late to account for the Patriots’ score.

St. Bernard’s 55

Nashoba Tech 24

The St. Bernard’s football team needed a spark, and Allen Link was glad to provide one.

Clinging to a 21-18 lead, Link caught a 51-yard touchdown pass and then added a game-changing, 72-yard punt return touchdown as St. Bernard’s went into the locker room with a 17-point lead and cruised the rest of the way to earn a hard-fought, 55-24, victory over Nashoba Tech Friday night at the Bernardian Bowl.

Link had a monster night with touchdown receptions of 14 and 51 yards, and then a punt return touchdown.

It was a wild first half as both teams combined for a whopping 53 points and St. Bernard’s led, 35-18.

Nashoba Tech (1-3) quarterback Vinny Eramo did his part to keep it close with three touchdown scampers of 1, 40 and 39 yards, respectively.

The Vikings trailed only 21-18 on Eramo’s tough, 39-yard bulldozing run into the end zone. Eramo had a monster game for NT (172 yards rushing, 2 TDs).

Tyler Alden caught a 40-yard TD pass from Eramo with 5:22 left.

W. Boylston 37

Ayer Shirley 12

David Rizzuto ran for two touchdowns as West Boylston topped Ayer Shirley Friday night to even its record at 2-2.

Nick Joe Lewis and Steve Lawton scored Ayer Shirley’s touchdowns. The Panthers are 2-2.

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