By Varun Tekur
The Patriots game had already been played on Thursday, so football fans across Framingham could focus their attention on the action-packed slate of Framingham Youth Football games against the Milton Wildcats on Sunday.
The Flyer 8th grade squad certainly did not disappoint fans and put on a stellar show on both sides of the ball.
Framingham’s defense was energized to start the game and quickly forced a Milton punt, which was returned by Flyer Cody Coleman all the way to the Milton 1-yard line. Despite this ideal field position, the Flyers could not reach the end zone due to a lost fumble on their first offensive play. The defense then stepped up once again, though, and stifled Milton’s second drive. This allowed Framingham to take over possession and obtain an early lead with a 38-yard touchdown run by Luke Cohen.
A few clutch tackles including a sack by Jacques Cazeau made sure that Milton could not gain significant yardage for the rest of the first quarter. This strong defense also gave Framingham the ball near midfield on their next drive, allowing Coleman to find Antonio Rivera on a 46-yard streak route for a touchdown.
Framingham had an early 16-0 lead at the end of the first quarter after Marcus O’Brien converted his second 2-point kick of the game.
Coleman found Rivera for his second touchdown later in the 2 nd quarter, this time on a 10-yard screen pass play during which Rivera broke 2 tackles. The Flyers then took a commanding 24-0 lead after another O’Brien 2-point kick.
Milton hoped to chip away at the Framingham lead on their next drive, but the seemingly impenetrable Flyer defense would not allow this to happen with stellar coverage by Kavaun Smith, Joseph Balboni, Zach Semakula, and other defensive backs.
The Flyers hit the ground running to begin the second half with the help of a long kick off return by Rivera to the Framingham 49-yard line and a 51-yard touchdown run by Cazeau.
With a 30-0 lead, the Flyers had then officially won the game due to the mercy rule. Clock ran for the rest of this triumphant Framingham victory.
This was the Flyers’ final away game of the regular season, and they get a well-deserved weekend off next week before taking on Walpole and Weymouth at home.
Photo from a previous FYFC game this season.