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Division 1-1A

Billerica has finishing kick

Izzo runs for 420 yards in his final Walpole game

By Mike Carraggi
Globe Correspondent / November 27, 2009

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Having already clinched a playoff spot and the Merrimack Valley Conference (Large) title, No. 6 Billerica did not let up against rival Chelmsford, shutting out the Lions, 17-0, yesterday at Billerica.

“It’s one of the oldest rivalries in the state of Massachusetts and it’s a very difficult game,’’ said Billerica coach Peter Flynn. “Our kids get up and Chelmsford’s kids get up and it’s always tough.’’

Sophomore quarterback Nick LaSpada led the way for the Indians (10-1), racking up 305 all-purpose yards as well as playing a pivotal role on defense.

“Nick was fantastic, as usual,’’ said Flynn. “He showed great leadership out there on both sides of the ball.’’

LaSpada got the Indians on the board early with a 5-yard touchdown run. Billerica padded its lead with a 6-yard Jimmy Holland scoring jaunt, and the home team took a 14-point lead into halftime.

“Our defense was immense,’’ said Flynn. “They bent a little, but they never did break.’’

Division 1
Big Three

New Bedford 49, Durfee 28 - Jon Williams rushed for 217 yards and five touchdowns and returned a kickoff 95 yards for a score.

Catholic Conference

BC High 28, Catholic Memorial 17 - BC High’s Preston Cooper ran for 106 yards and two touchdowns.

Greater Boston

Malden 13, Medford 7 - Shakarus Semexant’s 35-yard touchdown pass to Herbans Antenor in the third quarter proved the difference in the 122d meeting.

Merrimack Valley (Large)

Central Catholic 35, Andover 30 - Central Catholic ended its season in exciting fashion, using two fourth-quarter TD passes from Andrew Oullette to Jaycob Morales to outlast Andover.

Nonleague

Lowell 21, Haverhill 14 - Angel Escalera rushed for 207 yards - topping the 1,000-yard mark in the process - and two touchdowns to lead Lowell.

Marlboro 41, Hudson 9 - A.C. Carter ran for 184 yards on 11 carries and four touchdowns as visiting Marlboro (11-0) finished undefeated for the first time since 1980.

Somerville 42, Matignon 12 - The Highlanders ran wild on the home team, scoring six touchdowns on the ground. Brandon O’Regan accounted for three of those.

Division 1A
Bay State

Walpole 37, Weymouth 18 - Ryan Izzo made his last high school football game one to remember, rushing for 420 yards and five touchdowns as the Rebels pulled away at Walpole. With his team trailing, 18-16, at the half, Izzo rushed for touchdowns of 85, 2, and 78 yards in the second half. Izzo finished with career totals of 742 points and 6,316 yards.

Brookline 18, Newton North 6 - Arthur Azatyants threw three touchdown passes and Irvin Scott ran for 87 yards to help the Warriors avoid a winless season.

Natick 10, Framingham 0 - Robby Jackson snagged six receptions for 150 yards and a TD.

Dual County (Large)

Lincoln-Sudbury 21, Newton South 6 - Dan Cellucci and David Quinn rushed for second-half touchdowns, lifting the Warriors past the Lions.

Northeastern (Large)

Lynn Classical 34, Lynn English 27 - Jasper Grassa (90 yards rushing, 2 TDs) scored on a 2-yard run with about two minutes to play, and the ensuing English drive was stopped inside the 10-yard line as Classical prevailed at Manning Field.

Nonleague

Taunton 8, Coyle & Cassidy 7 - Cabrinni Goncalves ran for a 5-yard TD and the 2-point conversion in the Tigers’ win.

Barnstable 52, Falmouth 24 - Sophomore D.J. Crook lit up the No. 15 Clippers defense, passing for four TDs and running for another.

Gloucester 35, Danvers 7 - Gloucester pounded Danvers, thanks to Conor Ressel’s three touchdown runs and Brett Cahill’s two TD passes.

North Attleboro 45, Attleboro 12 - Joe Kummer ran for two scores and passed for two more and the Knights ran for 270 yards in a home rout.

Bridgewater-Raynham 29, Randolph 8 - B-R (9-2) came out strong, scoring the first 29 points before allowing a late touchdown.

Saugus 14, Peabody 6 - Steve Elmquist’s 8-yard touchdown catch in the third quarter proved to be the difference.

Winthrop 41, Revere 13 - Nick McCarthy and Frank Ambrosino each scored a pair of TDs and William Milano threw for a pair of scores as the Vikings rolled.