By Dakota Antelman, Managing Editor
HUDSON – The Hudson High School football team beat Littleton 28-7 on Sept. 24, delighting fans and securing an undefeated record through the first month of this fall season.
They’ve won three consecutive games for the first time since 2017 and are 3-0 at the start of a season for the first time since 2013.
“You can’t be any better than 3-0 when you play three games,” Head Coach Dan McAnespie said following this latest victory. “We’re happy. Our kids have been playing hard. We had a great off-season and it’s showing right now.”
Hudson kicked off the season with a barn-burning 35-33 victory over Clinton that they sealed with just 17 seconds on the clock via a touchdown pass from quarterback Jake Attaway to teammate Kyle Areias.
The Hawks then followed that with a 38-8 victory over Tyngsborough.
Their offense came alive once again, last week, opening the scoring in the first half when Attaway connected with Marcus Bass for a 49-yard touchdown pass. Attaway tacked on two more touchdowns to Areias and Caleb Luz before senior running back Quinn O’Brien helped cap off Hudson’s scoring with a third-quarter touchdown run.
Littleton snuck a rushing touchdown past the Hudson defense in the fourth quarter. But it was too little, too late for a team that has historically dealt decisive defeats to the Hawks.
“We haven’t beaten those guys in years,” McAnespie said of Littleton. “They’ve been a powerhouse for years…We’re happy. We’re really really happy.”
Hudson lit up the scoreboard through September, doing so, McAnespie said, with contributions from a variety of players.
Attaway has played strong, he noted.
“He’s throwing the ball well,” McAnespie said. “He practices hard. He gets all the reps. And he works at it.”
O’Brien has blazed past defense with a kind of speed that McAnespie praises.
“He runs on defense and on offense,” McAnespie said. “He runs hard all the time. It’s great to see that.”
There’s a seasoned group of other seniors including Nick Tinglof, Alex Crogan, Marcus Bass, Nick Doyle, Joel Negron, Vinny Rodriguez, Donavan Cox, Arthur Jardim and Nate Scerra.
“They’re really keeping us together,” McAnespie said.
Then, there’s still a long list of other players, catching touchdowns and making plays on both sides of the ball.
“We’ve got some kids who want to play football and we’re excited,” McAnespie said. “We’ve got excitement around the school. We’ve got excitement here with the fans. We’re doing great.”
With three wins through three weeks of their season, the Hawks football team is excited.
McAnespie shares in that excitement while remaining focused on the schedule to come.
“We’re just happy to get into the league games and see where we go from there,” he said.