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Chelmsford 21, Billerica 7

Sheridan, Chelmsford continue to put up numbers

By Seth Lakso
Globe Correspondent / November 25, 2011
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BILLERICA - Eddie Sheridan scored two touchdowns as fifth-ranked Chelmsford defeated Billerica, 21-7, at Calabrese Stadium yesterday.

Sheridan leads Division 1 with 23 touchdowns as Chelmsford moved to 10-1.

“Even though we’re already clinched a playoff spot, our kids came to play today,’’ Chelmsford coach Bruce Rich said. “It was just a hard-hitting, physical game.’’

The Lions got on the scoreboard on just their sixth play from scrimmage, when Sheridan cut up field for a 26-yard score.

“The play was originally designed to go outside,’’ Sheridan said. “But I saw a hole up the middle and just ran with it.’’

Billerica (7-4) put the ball in the hands of sophomore quarterback Jordan Bolarinho, who was starting in place of the injured Nick LaSpada.

Bolarinho led a 17-play, 70-yard drive to the Chelmsford 5-yard line, but the Lions clamped down in the red zone and Ryan Decoste’s sack on fourth-and-goal gave Chelmsford the ball.

Both teams played solid defense - until the fourth quarter.

“It all starts with defense for us,’’ Rich said. “Our defense, led by Timmy Joy, has just taken it to another level this season. Joy’s been such a force that other teams are changing their blocking schemes to take him out of the game.’’

Sheridan found a hole and broke free for 47 yards with less than seven minutes remaining. Willie Richard saved a touchdown by forcing Sheridan out at the 2-yard line.

Two plays later, Sheridan (125 yards on 14 carries) broke the plane for a 14-0 lead.

With time running out, Billerica was forced to put the ball in the air and the Lions were waiting; Cody Nazzaro picked off Bolarinho with four minutes left.

The Lions capitalized when Colby Emanouil (8-of-13 passing, 108 yards) connected with Joy on fourth and 10 from the 25-yard line to make it 21-0.

With 38 seconds remaining, the Indians broke through when Bolarinho found Mark Duncan on a crossing route. Duncan didn’t slow down until he traveled 55 yards for the score.

“I know that Billerica didn’t have LaSpada today,’’ Rich said. “But I thought they really showed up and gave us everything they had. I thought Bolarinho did a nice job keeping some plays alive. His future is bright.’’

Chelmsford will play BC High in the playoffs Tuesday in a rematch. The Lions were beaten by the Eagles, 35-14, Sept. 23.

“It’s nice that we’re getting another crack at them,’’ Rich said. “I’d like to think our special teams and our defense has improved and our offense is always a work in progress, so we’ll see.’’

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