The Bulldogs had their sights set on 4-0 for the first time in 45 years.
But the way the Monty Tech football team played in the first 24 minutes of Friday’s tilt against Bay Path wasn’t becoming of a flawless team. Turnovers were numerous and a deep hole had been dug as the Bulldogs went to the locker room down 28-6.
And despite a furious rally that saw the hosts lead at Bulldog Field in the fourth quarter, the gassed ‘Dogs couldn’t fend off one final Bay Path drive as the guests scored in the final minute to leave Fitchburg with a 43-36 victory.
Maybe it was a lack of focus. Maybe it was just a bad game.
Either way, it’s a loss that the Bulldogs will take plenty from heading into next Friday as Blue Hills Regional comes to town.
Of the positives, the play of quarterback Logan Quinn in the second half has to be atop the list. The senior scored three of his four touchdowns after the intermission and put the Bulldogs in a position to have a shot at a win.
To most, that would have seemed the most uphill of battles at halftime. There’s something to be said for the poise and urgency with which Monty Tech played, even in defeat.
Blue Devils survive scare
For the first time this season, Leominster found itself playing from behind.
The Blue Devils trailed throughout the first quarter of Friday’s game at Shepherd Hill, but shook off the rust en route to a 45-14 victory to improve to 4-0. And while he’s been solid all season, freshman quarterback claimed his spotlight in the road victory.
Lopez showed off his arm and accuracy in throwing a half dozen TD passes, including two each to classmate Kaiden Drinkwater and senior Ricky Encarnacion. He also hit Juan Miranda and Bryan Aguilar for scoring strikes in the third quarter.
The Blue Devils trailed 7-6 after the first quarter and 14-13 in the second before taking a 19-14 lead to halftime. The visitors turned it on in a 19-point third quarter and held the Rams (1-3) scoreless for the entire second half.
Not only did Leominster’s defense step up to shut down the hosts, it added points to the scoreboard courtesy of a Steven Diaz pick six.
A little bit of adversity certainly didn’t seem to rattle the Blue Devils.
OT thriller for Wolves
It took a stellar play to force an extra session, but once Nashoba Regional got to OT, it took care of business.
Thomas Keuffler blocked a field goal attempt as the buzzer sounded to end regulation, forcing overtime at Malden Catholic. Ben Silvester scored his second TD of the night in OT before adding the two-point run and the Wolves’ (2-2) defense stood tall as the team headed back to Bolton with a 15-7 victory.
Blue Knights erupt
Cooper Shaw ran for nearly 200 yards and scored twice as Lunenburg trounced Littleton, 44-8. Hunter Matson hit the century mark rushing and added a TD as the Blue Knights (2-2) had little trouble with the Tigers’ defensive efforts.
Dylan Adamson and Sean Delaney each pulled in touchdown passes from Alex Figueroa as the Blue Knights cruised at home.
Around the region
North Middlesex Regional (2-2) handed Groton-Dunstable its first loss of the season, winning 33-13 on the road, while host Oakmont Regional did the same to Boston Latin Academy in a 29-6 victory.
St. Bernard’s had no problem winning at Leicester as Antonio Mancini (three TDs) and Damien Jones (two TDs) led the way in a 44-14 victory. And Fitchburg High continues to search for its first win, falling 37-0 in Shrewsbury to St. John’s.