Natick 42, Framingham 22

Brothers ignite Natick

Email|Print| Text size + By Jeremy Gottlieb
Globe Correspondent / November 23, 2007

NATICK - Among other things, Thanksgiving is all about family, a notion reinforced by Thad, Theo, and Scott McCummings yesterday at Memorial Field.

As they have all season, the brothers led Natick's offense, running for six touchdowns in the Redmen's 42-22 victory over Framingham in the schools' 102d meeting.

Senior twins Thad and Theo ran for 147 and 133 yards respectively, with Thad scoring three times and Theo twice, while sophomore quarterback Scott added another score on an 8-yard scramble.

Natick's bruising defense chipped in as well, sacking Framingham star quarterback Dan Guadagnoli six times and forcing four turnovers as the home team won its ninth straight game to close out the season at 9-2.

"It went about how we thought," said Natick coach Tom Lamb. "We put an awful lot of pressure on their quarterback.

"Offensively, our spread didn't work so well since they have a lot of speed and quickness, but when we went into our tight stuff, we were able to go right at them.

"It was a running day for us on offense and we showed a lot of versatility. But as usual, we're a defensive team and we showed it again today."

Framingham had a hard time even getting a whiff of the Natick side of the field - the exception being a recovered onside kick that led to a score to open the second half - scoring on a 67-yard run by senior Andres Bustamente in the fourth quarter, and, two plays later, on a 30-yard fumble return by sophomore Richard Johnson.

Junior defensive end Tom Brandt was in on all six Natick sacks, recording four himself, while also forcing and recovering two fumbles.

Senior cocaptain Mike Russo, who kicked six extra points, added a fourth-quarter pick.

Guadagnoli entered the game fifth in Division 1A with 15 touchdown passes, but was on the run all day, completing 13 of 27 passes for 97 yards and scoring the Flyers' first touchdown on a 1-yard keeper in the third quarter.

Framingham, down, 35-8, not two minutes into the fourth quarter, hardly folded up its tents, harassing the Redmen into the two fourth-quarter miscues that led to scores.

Bustamente (11 carries, 114 yards) highlighted the Flyers' morning with his long scoring run.

"Our kids never give up," said Framingham coach Gary Doherty.

Natick had removed several starters prior to the Flyers' two fourth-quarter scores. But after the second TD cut the margin to 35-22, Lamb reinserted the brothers McCummings.

Six plays later, Thad ran in from 7 yards.

Natick may have missed the playoffs thanks to early-season defeats at the hands of Weymouth and Walpole, but Lamb said, "We're very happy to get nine in a row and we wish we could have those two back. It just doesn't work that way."

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