By Danielle Achin
WALPOLE – The Framingham Flyers suffered a hard loss for their season opener against the Walpole
Timberwolves, Sept. 9, with a 56-0 blowout.
This is almost an entirely new team to the program. Not only is this Head Coach David Wright’s first year coaching the team, the squad also consists of mainly newcomers.
The first quarter kicked off with Walpole winning the coin toss. This seemed to set the tone for the game.
By the 1:49 mark, Timberwolves Sean O’Brien connected the pass for the third touchdown of the
quarter. Adding an extra point from another successful field goal, the Flyers were trailing behind 21-0.
In the second, the Timberwolves only picked up steam dominating their offensive and defensive
Immediately, the Timberwolves tacked on another touchdown from Michael Walters. With 20 seconds before the half, Walpole managed to tally another 21 points to the board for a 42-0 score after O’Brien finished off a pass from McKenzie for his second touchdown of the night.
Framingham’s defense managed to hold off for the remaining half of the game, but that didn’t stop Walpole from tallying another two successful touchdowns and field goals.
The final score of the game resulted in a 56-0 defeat from the Framingham Flyers.
Despite this hard loss for the Flyers, Captains Ben Lincoln and Henry Goldberg praised their team for the dedication and hard work it takes to stay motivated through tough losses.
“Everyone is brand new,” said Lincoln. “Very few guys have actually had varsity experience so a tough loss like this, it’s needed, it’s part of the process.”
Goldberg said, “It’s definitely not the outcome we wanted, or the outcome we were expecting but, it happens. Dwelling on it is not going to happen because we have Milton coming up this week, so we have to put it behind us, watch film, and keep working.”
When asked what the main focus of their upcoming practices would be, both captains. simultaneously remarked, “ball protection.”
“We had five fumbles in this game, which is way more than we ever want. We weren’t sound on where we needed to be or what we needed to do when we were there,” Goldberg added.
Coach Wright reiterated there are only 2 players on the team with any varsity experience leaving them “a bit behind.” He and his team remain optimistic and will reflect from this upsetting loss, and leave this game in the past.
“It’s not going to get any easier. We may be saturated right now so we’re going to stop, and just continue to refine what we have and we’ll continue to build and grow and get better everyday,” Wright said.
The Flyers look to play their first home opener against Milton High School on Sept. 16 at Bowditch Field. Kick-off is at 6:30 pm. Admission is free.
Danielle Achin is a fall 2022 SOURCE intern. She is a senior English major with a concentration in journalism and a minor in psychology at Framingham State University. Danielle has been an athlete since she started gymnastics at age 4. She joined the Framingham State cheerleading team freshman year and recently won the 2022 National Cheerleaders Association (NCA) National Championship for the first time in Framingham State history. She is also one of the Sports editors for Framingham State’s student newspaper The Gatepost.