By Sam Feeley
AYER — Though a loss to Stoneham in last week’s MIAA Division 6 state semifinal prevented the Littleton Tigers from achieving the ultimate goal, they still got to close out the 2018 season with a win.
The Tigers defeated the stubborn Ayer Shirley Panthers in a frigid Route 110 Cup, 20-14, Thursday morning at Ayer Shirley High.
“It was good to have a final game to go out and compete and play again,” Littleton head coach Mike Lynn said. “We found a way to win.”
The Tigers never trailed and led 14-0 at halftime, but that isn’t to say the game wasn’t entertaining.
It was the seventh straight win for Littleton over their Route 110 rivals, and the closest Ayer Shirley had played the Tigers since their last win in the series, a 22-14 victory in 2011.
Littleton’s Mitch Beaudoin was named game MVP after scoring all three touchdowns for the Tigers.
Beaudoin, a senior, scored on Littleton’s first drive. He also scored on a fake punt and an 8-yard run. Exact stats weren’t available due to the frigid conditions, but Lynn said Beaudoin ran for “well over” 100 yards.
Mick Mitrano was named the Panthers’ MVP for a stout two-way game. Jim Robinson and Lucas Sargent scored the Panther touchdowns, with Sargent’s coming on a hook and ladder on the final play of the game.
“Honestly, the field conditions were the worst I’ve ever seen in my entire career,” Lynn said. “The field was plowed yesterday and there we tire tracks on the field. It was ice, snow and frozen mud. As far as executing a game plan, it was hard to do.”
Littleton finished 9-3, while Ayer-Shirley went 5-6.