Saturday, September 22, 2018

RECAP AND PHOTOS: Shrewsbury Overwhelms Groton-Dunstable, Improves to 3-0

Shrewsbruy quarterback Drew Campanele evades the rush in the Colonials win over Groton-Dunstable

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By Ryan Morgera (@RyanMor_ASSCO), Photos courtesy of Sydney LaQue 

Groton, Mass. – On Friday night, Shrewsbury picked up a key road win, defeating Groton-Dunstable, 42-14, Here’s how it happened!

On Shrewsbury’s first possession, John White found a hole and ran 79 yards for a touchdown giving the Colonials a 7-0 lead. 

Shrewsbury proceeded to excute an onside kick to perfection, with the Colonials’ Ben Harris recovering, giving them the ball back just inside the 50. Shrewsbury’s Alex Cashman capitalized with a score of his own to put Shrewsbury up 14-0 early on.

Shrewsbury would again start the scoring in the second quarter, with White scoring from nine yards out to make the score 21-0. 

After another defensive stand, and a nifty punt return from junior TJ Morgera, Shrewsbury started with the ball at the Groton-Dunstable 37-yard line.

The golden field position set up quarterback Drew Campanale's pass to Nate Hautala for the touchdown making the score 28-0 Colonials going into the half. 

Shrewsbury got the ball to start the second half and picked up where they left off. Campanale found Jack Roche up the middle for the touchdown, making the score 35-0 Colonials.

Groton-Dunstable began to chip away at the Shrewsbury lead when teDuits ran one in on the quarterback keeper, making the score 35-6 Colonials. Then, later in the frame, teDuits found Barry on a screen pass for the Crusaders second touchdown of the day to pull them within 35-14.

Shrewsbury sealed the deal on its next drive with Tim Refolo taking a handoff 70 yards up the sideline for the score. 

“Gotta do what we did here. We gotta be physical up the middle and make our blocks” said Shrewsbury’s John White when asked what the Colonials need to do next week vs. Leominster. 

Leominster is historically very strong and very athletic, something that should match up well and test this Shrewsbury team.

Defensively, the Colonials held the Crusaders to just 14 points on the day. Head coach John Aloisi was very pleased with the efforts of his defense today. “We did a good job up front, probably our best game up front,” said Aloisi.
Next week, the Colonials face a notoriously tough and physical Leominster team.

Aloisi feels the Colonials are going to need to play their best football of the year.

“I know they are a strong team,” said Alosi. W”e try and get better every week regardless of whether we win or lose. I just know they are really athletic and big so we’ve gotta bring our ‘A’ game next week.”

Shrewsbury (3-0) takes on Leominster next Friday night at 7 at Assumption College, while Groton-Dunstable (0-3) travels to Westboro to take on the Rangers Saturday at 2.

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