FRAMINGHAM – There were a lot of firsts for Framingham High football on Friday night.
The Flyers got on the scoreboard first – that was something new this season.
The Flyers scored 27 points – that was something new this season.
And most importantly, the Flyers held on for a 27-20 win – their first win of the season.
And it was the first win for new Flyers head coach Dave Wright.
“It was a big win. It was a huge win,” said Framingham junior captain Henry Goldberg.
Asked what the defense did well Goldberg said “we played a complete game, defensively. We knew going into it, they were a big pass team. We kind of committed to that and we were ready for anything. They tried to run it a couple times, and whoa, we pride ourself on being a run defense. So we shut them down quick.”
“Defensively, they, took their coaching from the practice field to the game field,” said Coach Wright after the game. “Brookline, they’re better than they look tonight, much better. They throw the ball. They throw the ball almost every single time. I told our players get on top of their receivers. Nothing over your head. So we did that really well until the end of the game. We made sure they have no easy plays and no big plays.”
Ahead 27-7, Coach Wright put in his second team, which allowed Brookline to close the gap.
For the first time this season, that the Flyers got on the scoreboard first.
Junior captain Ben Lincoln scored a touchdown on the first drive.
“You know, offensively, it was a big run game,” said Lincoln. “Obviously, our blocks were there. None of us could do anything without our hogs – our big boys up front. They played a hell of a game. Quarterback made the right reads, running back, set the right holes, you know, it was a big team effort.”
With 42 seconds left in the first half after a fumble recovery, Calvin Hodge scored a touchdown.
At the end of the third quarter, quarterback Matheus Silva scored for the Flyers to extend their lead to 27-7.
Notable players for the defense were Goldberg, Alex Paz, and Andrew Lima who had 4 sacks.
In his first season with the football program, senior Jeremiah Miller blocked a point after touchdown attempt.
Flyers kicker Caiden Whitney scored 3 PATs, and did a great job with kicks and punts.
Asked who were the three stars of the game against Brookline, Coach Wright said “definitely our running back. Ben Lincoln. Then, junior middle linebacker Henry Goldberg, he quarterbacks our defense. And then my quarterback Matheus Silva. He’s a little banged up coming in here. He controlled the line of scrimmage for us. He made an unbelievable audible call down here on Ben Lincoln’s run. so he’s my quiet, unsung hero tonight.”
Coach Wright said he appreciated the crowd on Friday night too.
‘We had a tremendous crowd appearance. Our student section is amazing. You know, whether, we’re up tonight or down 42 to 6, they are there 100%. We felt their energy. We need to feel that energy, and they need to know that energy helps us,” said Coach Wright.
Friday night, Framingham will travel to Newton for a game against the Tigers of Newton North at 6 p.m.
SOURCE asked Goldberg and Coach Wright what they need to improve on to get the second win of the season.
“We have to learn how to finish the football game,” said Coach Wright. “We, we kind of took our foot off the gas, including me a little bit. We was trying not to run the score up too much. We have to understand that it’s not running score up, but it is finishing the football game.”
Coach Wright said his team played a solid 3 and half quarters, and against Newton North the Flyers need to play all four quarters.
“I haven’t seen Newton North yet, but I’ve heard they’re, they’re better team than Brookline. We need to improve on all cylinders,” said junior captain Goldberg. “First of all, we need to play four quarters. We played three and a half tonight. Second of all, at least I can speak defensively. We need to tighten down on some basics as we have such a young team. We need to tighten down on the basics and kind of reteach the basics going into Friday night. But tonight, we played a hell of a game.”
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