Senior quarterback Scott Beardsley threw for a touchdown and rushed for another, while junior linebacker Owen Gibbons had two interceptions in the fourth quarter in leading the host Mountaineers to a 19-14 comeback victory. The Mountaineers, who trailed, 14-13, at the break, blanked the Blue Devils in the second half. The defense also laid the groundwork for the TD that proved decisive. Both teams fumbled on their first possessions of the third quarter. Leominster was thrown for a loss on the first play of its second series. Wachusett’s defense then pressured senior quarterback Garrett DelleChiaie into two incomplete passes and the Blue Devils punted. The Mountaineers took over on their own 42 and marched 58 yards for the go-ahead TD. Beardsley capped the drive with an 8-yard keeper. Two plays earlier, Beardsley passed to junior Jon Lucier for a 20-yard gain. Senior running back Scott Tupper followed with an 18-yard burst, advancing the hosts to the Leominster 8. The extra point boot missed, keeping the score, 19-14, with 2:52 to go in the third quarter. Gibbons’ interceptions came in the closing minutes of the fourth quarter, squashing the Blue Devils’ comeback hopes.
Wachusett 19, Leominster 14
Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012, at Holden
|Wachusett||TD||Scott Tupper 1-yard run (Trevor MacNeil kick)|
|Leominster||TD||Garrett DelleChiaie 1-yard run (rush failed)|
|Wachusett||TD||Jon Lucier 41-yard pass from Scott Beardsley (rush failed)|
|Leominster||TD||Matt Banchs 23-yard run (kick failed)|
|Wachusett||TD||Scott Beardsley 8-yard run (kick failed)|
Updated: Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013, 5:17 p.m.