Saints beat Warriors; Ludlow stops Panthers

Brian Hewitt rushed 23 times for 170 yards and two scores as St. Bernard’s Central Catholic High School downed Mohawk Trail Regional High School, 26-14, in an independent football game Friday night at Pollard Field in Buckland.

It didn’t take long for both teams to score, as each notched a touchdown in the first 35 seconds of the game. The Warriors scored first as Ryan Pease ran 53 yards on the first play from scrimmage to give Mohawk a quick 6-0 lead, but the Saints from Fitchburg answered with Hewitt’s 54-yard scoring jaunt on their first play from scrimmage to tie the game at 6-6.

St. Bernard’s reached pay dirt early in the second quarter on a 10-yard run by fullback Nicolas Meza for a 12-6 lead. After forcing Mohawk into a quick three-and-out, the Saints drove again and Hewitt capped it off with a 10-yard scoring run to extend the visitors’ lead to 18-6 at the half.

After Mohawk was able to stop the Saints opening drive of the second half, it fumbled a toss that was picked up by Saints defender Sean Maki, who returned 22 yards for the touchdown and 26-6 lead midway through the third quarter.

Mohawk was able to add another score with 6:37 remaining in the fourth quarter on Pease’s 8-yard run. Pease led the Warriors with 77 yards on 10 carries.

Ludlow 36, Pioneer 12 —Ludlow High School erupted for 22 second-quarter points en route to a 36-12 victory over Pioneer Valley Regional School in a Tri-County League game Friday night in Ludlow.

After neither team could find the end zone in the first quarter, Ludlow quarterback Mike Marshall connected with receiver Mike Connors for a 17-yard touchdown. Pioneer came right back on the ensuing kickoff, as Hayden Manson returned it 65 yards for the score.

The Lions scored the next 14 points, as Jeremy LaMontagne caught an 18 yard pass from Marshall and Kyle Medeois recovered a Pioneer fumble and ran it back 6 yards for a score.

Pioneer scored in the third quarter as Brian Llewelyn caught a 41-yard pass from Cole Tognareli to pull Pioneer within 10, but that was as close as the Panthers would come as Ludlow tacked on two more scores to pull away.

Ludlow was led by LaMontagne’s 17 rushes for 128 yards. Lukas Rathburn gained 86 yards on 13 carries for the Panthers.

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