The Bedford Buccaneers scored seven unanswered touchdowns and registered their first shutout of the 2021 campaign Friday night, defeating the Greater Lowell Tech Gryphons, 46-0 at Sabourin Field.
Eric Miles, the junior running back, led the way with four touchdowns. He now has 12 in 2021, with at least six games left to play.
The Bucs improved their record to 4-1 as they head into the Dual County League portion of their schedule, with games against Cambridge, Weston, and Boston Latin before the sectional tournament.
Friday’s win was closer than suggested by the final score. The Bucs led 19-0 at halftime, thanks partially to the Gryphons, who threw a pair of interceptions and messed up a long snap on a punt.
Greater Lowell fielded the second-half kickoff and moved from the 38 to midfield. On the next play, quarterback Ryan Bracetty was injured on a sack. And the Gryphons were figuratively incapacitated for the rest of the game.
Bedford scored 20 points over the remaining eight minutes of the quarter. Following a Miles touchdown run of 31 yards, the Gryphons began their next series at the 35. The reserve quarterback fumbled the snap, and junior defensive lineman Ryan Cohen scooped up the loose ball and rumbled to the endzone for his first varsity points.
Later in the period, junior Aaron Kreiter scored on a nine-yard run, and in the fourth period, sophomore Trey Healey turned in the longest play of the game, 41 yards to the endzone.
The Bedford defense was in command throughout, with Greater Lowell crossing midfield on only one possession, which began with 7:34 remaining in the second quarter. Greater Lowell moved from its 46-yard line to the Bedford 17 in 10 plays, but nine of them were on the ground, and the clock was down to less than 90 seconds.
So Bracetty threw to his right flank, but Charlie Naylor read the play and stepped in for the interception. Mike Delia also had a pick for the Bucs.
Offensively, the individual and team statistics were rather ordinary, but that’s primarily because every Bedford scoring drive was on a short field. Indeed, all of the series opened in Voke territory except the first one, which began on the Buc 46.
Morrison, who threw to Miles on his left flank for the game’s first score, threw 10 times, all in the first half, with five completions for 76 yards. His leading receiver was junior Nick Tatarczuk with two catches for 52 yards. Tatarczuk also kicked four extra points. Mikes carried 11 times for 94 and caught two throws for 13.
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