Saturday, December 7, 2013

Postgame Blog: Littleton Captures D6 Championship

Littleton coach Michael Lynn, along with captains Travis Bassett (left) and Alex McLaughlin (right) receive the D6 championship trophy.

By Joe Parello  @HerewegoJoe

The Tigers of Littleton got Central Mass off to a great start on Super Saturday, running past D6 East champion Cohasset 52-25 in the early game at Gillette Stadium.

Littleton jumped up to a 22-0, but a series of Tiger turnovers allowed the Skippers to creep back in and cut the deficit to 30-20 by halftime. Still, a third quarter onslaught by the Tiger offense buried Cohasset, and made the Tigers the first ever Division 6 state football champions.

Bassett's Big Day

To say that Littleton senior running back Travis Bassett played well would certainly be the understatement of the morning here in Foxboro. The two-way star electrified the Gillette Stadium crowd with 116 total yards and four touchdowns, along with two interceptions on defense… In the first half.

The Bassett show didn't end there, as he added another score and over 100 more yards on the ground in the second half.

When the PA announcer in the press box announced that Bassett had accumulated 264 total yards at the end of the third, it drew a collective "whoa" from everybody paying attention.

If you want totals from his bonkers morning, Bassett finished the game with 292 total yards (263 rushing) and five touchdowns, tying the Massachusetts Super Bowl record for TDs in a game.

Not a bad day.

Points and Turnovers Galore

If you picked the over in this one, you probably won your bet. Not sure what the over/under was, but I'm sure it couldn't have been higher than the 87 combined points these two teams scored. That would also be a Massachusetts Super Bowl record, by the way. What made the game even more interesting, is the fact that neither defense generated a traditional "stop," only forced turnovers.

The Littleton defense baited Cohasset quarterback Chris Haggerty into an early interception, the first of his two on the day, and turned it into early points. But, two interceptions by Littleton quarterback Alex McLaughlin in the second quarter allowed Cohasset to stay in it.

A Decade of Work

If it looked like the Tigers have played together forever, that's because they have. Littleton is a small town (Bassett commented after the game that he thought the whole town was in Gillette), and these kids grew up playing with each other. The seniors, including Bassett and McLaughlin, have been playing together since they were eight years old.

Saturday's win was the culmination of a decade of work put in by the town's coaches and players, and the Tigers finished the season as the most dominant team in the state. No other team in D6 even came close to them this year.

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