FRAMINGHAM – Framingham High defeated Natick High at Fenway Park in the 113th meeting of the two teams.
In a rivalry that was older than the historic park itself, the Flyers defense never allowed Natick’s offense a point.
The final score was 14-6. (It was Natick’s defense that scored the the 6 points.)
Framingham dominated the entire game, and was ahead 14-0 at halftime.
This was a huge win for the Framingham High football program, under second year head coach Ed Mantie.
He was right. They played hard, and brought back the “championship trophy” he promised the students earlier in the day.
Mantie has delivered a come back for the Framingham football program, that now finishes the season at 6-5.
A record of 6-5 is pretty amazing for a program that was winless when the seniors on this team were freshmen. When they were sophomore, the team won just one game. Last year, as juniors, coach Mantie led the team to three wins, in his first season as head coach.
The team has had its struggles this season, but headed into the rivalry game , the Flyers were at .500, with a record of 5-5.
After the game Mantie said “Validation. A win like this validates all the hard work and effort this staff and these kids have put in. We just kept grinding all year getting better every week. We kept stressing that it’s not about how you are playing in September, but in November, because that’s when championships are won, And that’s what we did tonight.”
The Trophy is headed back to Framingham, after seven long years in Natick.
Win the loss, Natick ends its season at 6-5, too.
The first quarter ended in a scoreless tie.
On a very cold night, the Flyers controlled the offense in the second quarter, with Reece Lachance running through Natick line.
Lachance hurdled a Natick player to get close to the 11-yard line, and then ran the ball again to put the Flyers on the Green Monster scoreboard, with 9:19 left in the half. The Flyers missed the 2-point conversion, but had a huge 6-0 lead.
Framingham defense was tough all night, led by one of its captain Chidi Nna.
Natick only got near the goal line once in the first half.
With just a couple of minutes left in the second quarter, Framingham quarterback Jack Beverly threw a beautiful pass down the right sideline to R.J. Viele, who made a hell of a catch, avoided a tackle, and ran in for the Flyers second touchdown for the night. Lachance added the 2-point run to give the Flyers a 14-0 lead.
That score would be the game winner, although the teams played another half.
SOURCE will post a slideshow of photos and video from the game at Fenway later.
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