By Varun Tekur
After a disappointing loss to Norwood to kick off the season, the Flyer 7th graders were motivated to defend their home field against the Natick Redhawks on Sunday. The team and fans were able to enjoy one of the last weekends of summer weather during this rivalry game.
The Redhawks were backed up at their own 5 yard line to start the game, and the Flyer defense prevented them from advancing at all by stopping them on their first three downs. Framingham was then able to put first points on the board with a massive special teams play, as they blocked Natick’s punt and returned it for a touchdown. A 2-point kick by Ross Jacobson following the touchdown gave Framingham an 8-0 lead early in the first quarter.
Framingham’s strong defensive play continued into Natick’s next drive, as the Redhawks were soon forced to punt again after a clutch third down stop by Jack Oliveira.
Running backs Steven Batista and KJ Campbell then powered the Flyers down the field for most of the second quarter, leading a drive that culminated with a 5-yard touchdown run by Campbell.
Framingham’s offense didn’t spend much time on the sideline after this touchdown, though, as the team quickly recovered a Natick fumble on the next kickoff at Natick’s 34-yard line.
A long run by Jasen Jean-Louis moved the Flyers to the Natick 5-yard line, setting up a 5 yard touchdown run by Jean-Louis that extended Framingham’s lead to 20-0. The score remained this way for the rest of the first half.
Framingham received the ball to begin the third quarter and looked to add even more points to their lead, but a quick fumble gave possession to the Redhawks at their own 36 yard line. However, the stingy Flyer defense once again stifled Natick’s drive with the help of a key tackle by Devin Valente, forcing the Redhawks to punt.
The Flyers then put themselves up 26-0 when Jacobson sped through the Natick defense into the end zone for a 17-yard touchdown run.
Natick finally got on the board with 4:07 left in the final quarter on a 5-yard touchdown pass and a 2-point kick, but this was only a small dent in the massive Framingham lead. Big plays by Valente, Isiah Roach, and Jacob Anderson late in the fourth quarter sealed the 26-8 victory for the Flyers.
With the win, Framingham shook off last week’s tough defeat and improved to 1-1 on the season.
They travel to Needham next Saturday afternoon for their first road game of the year.
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