NATICK – The Framingham Youth Football (FYFC) 5th grade team opened its season on the road with a double overtime victory, over rival Natick Saturday afternoon. The Flyers won 18-12.
By Henry & Mitch Goldberg
Framingham got off to great start scoring the first two touchdowns in the game, both by #20, Yeandiel Cora. One was 85 yards and the other 31 yards.
In between those 2 touchdowns, #45 on Natick had a great 60-yard run but then the Framingham defense shut them down for the next four plays.
Jacob Fritz #9 for the Flyers recovered a fumble off of the kick off from the second touchdown.
#20 for Framingham made a 15-yard run leading to a first and goal, but #32 on Natick recovered a fumble to stop Framingham.
Natick had a long run for around 40 yards against Framingham until getting pushed out of bounds by #35, Ryan Barr.
After that Framingham had to punt but #45 for Natick returned it for a touchdown.
#12 Derek Bilton threw a 7-yard pass to #20 who then ran another 14 yards resulting in a total of a 21-yard play for Framingham.
Then Natick’s #20 picked off a throw by Framingham. A massive run play for a touchdown by Natick got brought back because of a holding penalty. Then the two inside linebackers for Framingham, Henry and Mitch Goldberg #60 and #61, made back to back tackles behind the line of scrimmage to prevent Natick from scoring, and close out the half.
Following an exciting first half, the third quarter was uneventful.
The action picked up again at the start of the fourth quarter.
Framingham decided to punt, because it was 4th and 50 to go! Unfortunately for Framingham, the punt return resulted in a Natick touchdown, scored by #45.
To end the 4th quarter, Framingham had one minute to score a touchdown to regain the lead. Number 20, had a beautiful 20-yard run, putting the Flyers in great position to score, but Natick’s defense held the line, and the regulation play ended in a tie, 12 to 12.
Per NCAA rules, this lead to overtime.
In the first overtime period, no one scored so the game went into double overtime.
In double overtime, Natick elected to play defense first.
On the first play, Framingham got a touchdown on a 10-yard run in by #29, Jace Coleman. The extra point attempt was no good.
On Natick’s possession, the Framingham defense shut them down, and on third down, the crowd went wild chanting “Defense! Boom Boom! Defense!”
The Flyers defense, held the line, #60 Henry Goldberg and #57 Ben Lincoln crushed the runner, Natick’s #45, at the line of scrimmage.
The Natick offense attempted a pass into the endzone on the last play, but #61, Mitch Goldberg, and #24, Willard Claude, were able to knock down the ball to close out the game.
That gave Framingham the win with a final score of 18-12 in the most exciting game we’ve ever seen!
Photos By Gary Zaino