Looking at the numbers and reviewing the tape, it’s fairly safe to say that the Leominster High football juggernaut has yet to truly be challenged this season.
Sure, the 4-0 Blue Devils fell behind early in last week’s game at Shepherd Hill, but once Leominster got rolling, there was no stopping it in a 45-14 rout. The little adversity the team has faced so far has proven to be nothing the Blue Devils couldn’t handle.
Nothing’s easy in football, but Leominster’s early-season onslaught has definitely made winning look pretty simple.
Leominster gets its first big test tonight, on paper at the very least, as the Blue Devils hit the road to face undefeated Peabody. The Tanners enter the contest with an identical 4-0 mark and have dominated opposing teams in a very similar fashion to the Blue Devils.
Leominster enters the game scoring 40.5 points per contest, allowing just 6.67 points to opponents with a pair of shutouts. The Blue Devils likely feel as though they’re looking in the mirror with the Tanners, who are putting up 38.75 points per game and have allowed an average of an even five points per contest with two blankings.
Peabody is coming off a 40-7 drubbing of Marblehead last week, snapping the Magicians’ 23-game winning streak, the longest active streak in the state.
Something will have to give tonight.
Of note: Leominster has four wins this fall, putting it four away from becoming just the third program in Massachusetts high school football history to reach 800 victories. The Blue Devils could join Brockton and Everett at that milestone by the end of the season.
Bulldogs look to rebound
Having suffered through a tough start followed by a furious comeback only to be sunk in the final minute of last week’s loss to Bay Path, Monty Tech will certainly look to come out of the gates hot tonight when it hosts Blue Hills Regional (2-2).
The Bulldogs (3-1) trailed the Minutemen 28-6 at halftime last Friday, rallying behind the efforts of Ryan Quinn and Logan Quinn to take a 36-35 lead in the fourth quarter. But Bay Path had one final push, scoring with 35 seconds left and adding a conversion run to sink Monty Tech and erase its storybook comeback bid.
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Having handed Boston Latin Academy its first loss last week, Oakmont Regional (2-2) will try to knock another team from the ranks of the undefeated tonight.
The Spartans, coming off a 29-6 rout of Latin Academy at Arthur I. Hurd Memorial Field, will travel to Hudson High School to take on the 4-0 Hawks.
That was… easy
Lunenburg improved to 3-2 on the season after it was announced Thursday afternoon that Gardner would forfeit tonight’s contest against the Blue Knights.
There’s no shortage of local gridiron options tonight, including 3-1 St. Bernard’s welcoming Nipmuc Regional (1-3) to the Bernardian Bowl. Not far from that contest Fitchburg High (0-4) seeks its first win of the fall as Marlboro (3-1) comes to Crocker Field.
Also tonight, North Middlesex Regional (2-2) hosts Dracut (1-3); Nashoba Regional (2-2) welcomes Westboro (0-4) to Bolton; and Ayer Shirley (3-1) plays host to Quabbin Regional (1-3).