By Varun Tekur
FRAMINGHAM – It certainly didn’t feel like late October when the Flyer 7th Grade football team took on the Weymouth Wildcats at home on Sunday under the bright sun.
Framingham gladly took advantage of this great weather and bounced back from their past few losses by earning a commanding victory.
Framingham took possession at their own 34-yard line after the opening kickoff, but they were stifled on their first set of downs by the powerful Weymouth defensive front. However, the Flyer defense responded with some clutch tackles of their own and forced the Wildcats to punt just a few plays later. Framingham then led an explosive offensive drive to take the lead, which featured a massive 75-yard touchdown run by quarterback Steven Batista as well as a 2-point kick by Juan Pablo Londono.
Runs by Batista, Jasen Jean-Louis, KJ Campbell, and Ross Jacobson all helped the Flyers march down the field into Weymouth territory on their first drive of the 2nd quarter. While the Flyer running game moved the chains for most of the drive, the drive eventually ended with a 25 yard touchdown reception by Devin Valente. Framingham once again forced a Wildcat punt near the end of the first half, but they were not able to capitalize on this turnover and were halted by the Weymouth defense on their next possession.
Despite this, the Flyers still entered halftime with well-deserved 14-0 lead.
Weymouth aimed to put a dent in the Flyer lead when they received the ball to begin the 2nd half. Although they appeared to be on their way to doing so when they methodically travelled down the field for almost the entire 3rd quarter, they ultimately lost a fumble at their 26 yard line that was recovered by Framingham’s Valente. Flyers Londono, Campbell, and Jack Desimone also had some key tackles on this drive.
The Flyer defense continued to dominate throughout the rest of the game, and they pounced on a game-sealing fumble at the Weymouth 5 yard line that was forced by Valente and recovered by Londono. This put them in position to take a 20-0 lead after a 1 yard run by Patrick Chapin, which would be the last touchdown of this shutout Flyer victory.
This was the last regular season game for the 7th grade Flyers, and they finish the year on a high note and with a 2-6 record.
The 7th graders fought hard throughout the year and look to come back for an even stronger 8th grade season next year.