By Varun Tekur
While Framingham’s 6th and 8th grade youth football teams had the opportunity to rest up during their bye week, the rest of the Flyers teams, including the 7 th graders, took on the Newton Mustangs at the Framingham State University Football Field on Sunday, October 15.
Newton jumped out to an early lead to start the game when they scored a long touchdown on the very first play of the game and converted a 2-point kick to go up 8-0.
Framingham aimed to even the score on their next drive, but a costly fumble gave Newton the ball at great field position and allowed the Mustangs to add another touchdown and 2-point conversion to their lead.
The Flyers wanted to use the following possession to dig themselves out of an early hole, but a powerful tackle by a Newton North defender forced another Framingham fumble, which Newton picked up and ran in for the team’s third touchdown of the day.
By the middle of the second quarter, Newton had taken a 32-0 lead.
Despite this extremely large deficit, Framingham refused to give up the intensity that had powered them throughout the year.
Running back Jasen Jean-Louis slipped through the hands of a slew of Newton defenders on a 44-yard run later in the second quarter that placed the Flyers near the goal line.
This set up a 1-yard touchdown run that put the Flyers’ first points on the board.
Framingham looked to continue to chip away at the Mustang lead when they took control of the ball at the start of third quarter, and they were successfully able to do so after some clutch runs by quarterback Steven Batista and a 40-yard touchdown run by Ross Jacobson.
The Mustangs then drove deep into Flyer territory on their next drive, but the motivated Framingham defense forced them to turn the ball over on downs with the help of clutch tackles by Isiah Roach and Sam Burgess. This allowed Framingham to embark on one final drive, on which Batista had a 15-yard run and KJ Campbell had an explosive 30-yard carry.
However, the clock ran down to 0:00 before the Flyers could put more points on the board, and sealing a 32-12 Newton victory.
Framingham’s 7th Grade team comes back to the Framingham State field next Sunday to square off against Weymouth for its second to last game of the year.
The season is nearing its end, so make sure to stop by for next week’s games so that you don’t miss out on some action-packed football!
Photo from a previous game this season