Special to The Bedford Citizen
The John Glenn Middle School Football team concluded an undefeated 2018 season last week to finish in first place in the Eastern Massachusetts Middle School Football League Patriot Division. The Buccaneers had combined record of five wins, zero losses and two ties (5-0-1 in league play).
JGMS defeated Saugus, 20-6 in their final game, behind two touchdowns from 8th-grade quarterback Ryan MacLellan, who led the team in touchdowns this season, and a defensive fumble recovery from 7th-Grade Lineman Dylan Lykans, who led the team in tackles and sacks this season. Each and every player made an impact and earned playing time in the final victory of the season.
The season was a complete team effort, in which JGMS outscored their opponents by a combined score of 158 to 65. First-year head coach Ryan Kilian and veteran assistants Jeff LoPresti and John King praised the boys for their teamwork, sportsmanship, effort, and tenacity all season.
JGMS began the season by defeating Arlington, 41-12 in the opener, as they were led by the standout play of 8th-Grade running back Nick Tatarczuk, who scored three touchdowns in the win. They followed up that victory with a 53-33 win over Wilmington, where they were led by 8th-grade all-purpose star Jamie Buchannan, who rushed for over 200 yards and two touchdowns, while also leading the way as a blocker and defensive force.
JGMS also earned victories over Winchester and Melrose, while battling to ties with Woburn and Wellesley, finishing the 2018 campaign with one of the best seasons in school history.
8th-graders Richie Fedele and Eric Miles picked up the JGMS offense and defense throughout the season with their strong all-around games (running, receiving and playing everywhere on defense). The offensive line unit of 8th-graders Christopher Woo, Christopher Puglielli, Aaron Kreiter, Sam DiNitto, Emil Colon, and 7th-graders Lykans and Camdyn Shoesmith led the way up front all season. 8th-grader Densel Reyes and 7th-grader James Naylor were the team’s leading receivers and starting cornerbacks this season.
The JGMS defense, who pitched two shutouts this season, was anchored by a strong 8th-grade unit which also featured linebackers Ryan Ferrari and Ryan Cohen, along with contributions from linemen Daniel Petetsky, Kristian Ivanov, Luke Wilson, 7th-grade linebacker Justice Buchannan, and defensive back Rushil Lonial. 7th-graders Blake Stuzynski, Mason Wiggins, Aidan Higson, Nelson Crawford, Michael Sullivan, and Germaine Blanchette- Payne also contributed on defense and special teams throughout the season and will be counted on for increased roles next season.