By Varun Tekur
MILTON – On a humid fall Sunday afternoon, the Flyer 7th grade squad travelled to Milton to take on the Wildcats.
Framingham hoped to carry last week’s success in the ground game over to this matchup, and they succeeded in doing so right from the get-go when Ross Jacobson scored a 50-yard touchdown less than 2 minutes into the game.
Then, just over a minute after a 2-point kick put them up 8-0, the Flyers pounced on a Milton fumble at the Wildcat 30-yard line.
This gave Framingham stellar field position, which they were able to use to score another touchdown on a 10-yard pass from Josh Berman to Devin Valente.
However, Milton kept the game from getting out of hand with a short touchdown run late in the first quarter, reducing the Flyer lead to 14-8.
The high-scoring trend of the first quarter continued into the beginning of the second, as Framingham and Milton traded scores in the first 1:10 of the second quarter with a 65-yard run by Jasen Jean-Louis for the Flyers and a short touchdown run for the Wildcats.
The lightning-quick pace of the game then slowed down, and the Milton offense was able to run a methodical drive that chewed lots of time off of the clock.
Fortunately, the Flyers were able to stop this drive and preserve their lead by forcing a 4th down incompletion at their own 25-yard line.
After this crucial turnover, the Framingham orchestrated a stellar 75-yard drive down the field that featured a clutch 4th down completion from Berman to Jacobson and a 56-yard touchdown run by Jacobson. Then, when it seemed that 1 st half was just about to wrap up, the Wildcats responded to the Framingham touchdown with a 55-yard pass to the end zone.
The Flyers led 28-23 after an action-packed first half of football.
Milton took the opening kickoff of the 2 nd half all the way to midfield, but several key plays by Jasen Jean-Louis and the rest of the Flyer defense made sure that the Wildcats quickly turned over the ball on downs. The game then started to turn in favor of the Wildcats, though, as they scored 2 touchdowns in a span of less than 4 minutes and took a 39-28 lead.
The Wildcat lead later increased to 47-28 early in the 4 th quarter after a 15-yard touchdown pass.
Framingham hoped to get back into the game with the help of a few big plays, but a late 4th quarter interception by the Flyers essentially put the game out of reach.
The Flyers eventually lost by a final score of 55-28.
The 7th graders play at home for the rest of the season, and they have another chance to add to their win total next week against Newton.
Make sure to come out to the Framingham State University football field next Sunday to support your Flyers!
Petroni Media Company photo from a previous game this season.