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Region – It’s hard to keep momentum going for nine months, especially when you haven’t played a football game in all that time, but that’s exactly what the Westborough High School (WHS) football team hoped to do this season.
The Rangers won three of their last four games last season to finish the season 4-7. The late-season flurry included a second straight Thanksgiving Day win over arch-rival Algonquin Regional.
To the delight of its fans, WHS began the 2009 season the same way they ended 2008 – with wins – rolling past Burncoat High, 33-6, in the season opener Sept. 12, and squeaking past Shrewsbury High School (SHS), 14-12, Sept. 17, to start the season 2-0.
In the win over Burncoat, WHS scored four times in the third quarter to establish a lead it would not relinquish.
Senior Tucker Brady, with 57 yards on five carries, led a Rangers ground attack that used 10 rushers who gained, in total, 231 yards. Brady scored one of WHS’s thirdquarter touchdowns, as did Sam Nichols (seven carries, 40 yards), Sam Silverman and Brian Orlando.
In the win over SHS, WHS took advantage of three SHS turnovers and used a oneyard plunge by Eric Thomas and a 25-yard jaunt by Kyle Bancroft, and two extra points by Jake Holmes to score the win.
For the Rangers to continue their bounce-back season, head coach Mark Ellis will rely on senior leadership provided by Silverman, Rondell Clark and Nick Mastrogiacomo, who will serve as tri-captains this season.
Clark is a three-year starter at nose tackle, at which position he was named a Mid-Wach All-Star, and the 5-foot-7, 220-pounder was also in the playing rotation on the off ensive line as well.
Silverman started at cornerback for Ellis and the Rangers last season, and also saw some time at safety. He finished the year with 39 tackles and a reputation as a hard hitter and good tackler.
Mastrogiacomo, like Clark, was a two-way player for the Rangers, starting at both defensive end and tight end. At tight end, the 6-foot-3, 195-pounder led the team in receptions with 16, including four for touchdowns. At defensive end, he found time to make 33 tackles and sack the opposing quarterback twice.
Ellis has overseen a spirited battle this preseason for the starting quarterback position, as senior Eric Thomas and junior Andrew Grant are both making a solid bid to be the successor to Brian Gove, who graduated in June.
Nichols, a junior fullback, is ready to lead the Rangers’ resurgent rushing attack. WHS was really helped by its running game during its endof season string of successes, and Nichols was a big reason, rushing for 430 yards and an average gain of 5.2 yards per carry.
Also expected to see time running the football and chewing up the clock are Silverman, Brady and Bancroft.
Defensively, Ellis will look for contributions from the 6-foot-2, 24-pound Taylor Spaulding along the line and in the backfield will hope that Silverman, Bancroft, Thomas, Dan Potts, Cam Piper and Richard Sterndale can again shut down opposing off enses. Sterndale had 19 tackles last year from his cornerback position and Thomas made 23 tackles, intercepted two passes and forced two fumbles.
Shrewsbury Youth Basketball info online
Information regarding registration for Shrewsbury Parks and Recreation Department’s Winter Youth Basketball League is available online at www.shrewsbury-ma.gov. Registration forms were also delivered to all of the town schools and distributed to students recently.
Only mail-in registrations will be accepted this year and space is limited so registrations will be accepted in the order they’re received.
Preseason Hoop Camp in Marlborough
Marlborough High School boys varsity basketball coach Ilya Nicholas will run a fall pres eason basket- ball camp on Sunday mornings between Oct. 18 and Nov. 15 for interested boys and girls in grades 2 through 12.
The program, called “Basketball Specialists School Fall Preseason Basketball Program,” will be held at the Marlborough Forekicks facility.
The camp will run from 9 to 10:30 a.m. for boys and girls in grades 2 through 7 and from 10:30 a.m. to noon for boys and girls in grades 8 through 12.
Cost of the camp is $140. For more information, contact Nicholas at 508-229-2745 or via e-mail at pnmarlboro@ aol.com.
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