Friday, November 17, 2017

Jeremy Soule Runs Wild to Carry Middleborough Into D6 Super Bowl

By SuiteSports Staff

Woburn, Mass. - Nothing was going to stop Jeremy Soule from leading the Middleboro Sachems to their first Super Bowl appearance since 1983, and he knew it.

The 5-foot-8 senior running back burst for a 76-yard touchdown on the first play from scrimmage at Woburn High on Friday night, setting the tone in a 27-14 victory over Stoneham in the Division 6 EMass final.

“I knew we were going to come out on fire and score early,” said Soule. “The offense was on point and I never had a doubt we were going to win. “

Middleboro (9-2) stymied Stoneham (8-3) on its first possession to set up another score from Soule, this time from 12 yards out, as the Sachems grabbed a 14-0 lead less than four minutes into the game.

That put the Spartan behind the 8-ball and a run-centric offense simply isn’t built to come from behind, while Stoneham’s defense simply could not stop Soule.

The senior ran for 246 yards on just 13 carries, complimenting an explosive passing attack led by senior quarterback Evan Gwozdz.

When Stoneham scored on its first possession of the second half to make it a 14-8 game, Gwozdz quickly responded with a 47-yard touchdown pass to senior cocaptain Colin O’Brien and he capped the third quarter with a 6-yard touchdown run on the final play of the frame.

With the win, Middleboro advances to its first state championship game since 1983, where the Sachems will face D6 Central champion Littleton (10-0) at Gillette Stadium in early December.

Afterwards, Middleboro head coach Patrick Kingman credited preparation for getting his team ready to jump right onto the field and play after the D8 state semifinal between Millis and Cathedral.

“We set it up like it was a home game, we were in the locker room for two hours like a normal game for us,” said Kingman. “I’m just so exhausted right now, it hasn’t even sunk in, but this is a great win.”

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