Central Mass./Western Mass. roundup

In debut, Littleton comes up a little short

Putnam Voke's lead is insurmountable

By John McGuirk
Globe Correspondent / December 7, 2008
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Littleton came up a bit short in its bid for a victory in its first Super Bowl appearance.

Trailing Putnam Voke by 16 after three quarters, the Tigers scored 13 fourth-quarter points in their 24-21 loss to the Beavers in the Division 3 Central Mass./Western Mass. Super Bowl yesterday at Westfield State College.

"We did not get sustained drives," said Littleton coach Mike Lynn. "We wanted to keep [Putnam's] offense off the field and it just didn't happen."

Lynn had good reason to try to keep the Beavers' offense on the sideline. The Springfield-based school came in averaging 32 points and had just come off a 59-22 victory over previously undefeated Springfield Science and Technology in Tuesday night's playoff.

Putnam didn't have earth-shattering numbers yesterday, but its offense did what was necessary to claim its second straight postseason title.

Putnam quarterback Sergey Gordievsky completed 7 of 8 passes for 150 yards and a touchdown. Wide receiver Andre Lester caught four passes for 119 yards. Senior tailback Justin Reid, who rushed for more than 4,000 yards in his career, scored the touchdowns on 1- and 5-yard runs and a 17-yard pass.

"This is the best feeling in the world," said Reid, whose team finished with 265 offensive yards. "We came out hard and we're Super Bowl champs again. We came out ready and had an intense week of practice."

The Beavers (10-3) scored on their first possession. A 55-yard pass to Lester set up Reid's first scoring run. Lester followed with the first of his three conversion receptions to put the Beavers ahead, 8-0. The Tigers answered late in the second quarter, a 94-yard, 13-play march capped by a 3-yard pass from Greg Moodie to Jordan White. Eric White's conversion run with 56 seconds remaining before the half tied the score.

Putnam responded quickly. Gordievsky hooked up with Lester for a 51-yard pass and catch, and Reid danced into the end zone from the 5 three plays later.

Putnam took a 24-8 lead in its second possession of the second half. Reid moved to the slot and got past the Littleton secondary for a TD catch.

Moodie (12 of 21, 135 yards) began the comeback attempt by connecting with James Williamson for a 15-yard TD. Two minutes later, a pair of pass interference penalties helped the Tigers move to the Beaver 3. Eric White finished the drive with a 3-yard scamper and Mike Rentschler's extra point cut the deficit to 3 with 5:38 left.

The Beavers were able to keep possession for the next four minutes. Although their efforts were stopped on the Tiger 9, Littleton (11-2) had just more than a minute to score. Its fate was sealed when Moodie's desperation pass was picked off by Lester.

CMass/WMass Div. 1A - Holy Name scored 20 unanswered points to claim their third Super Bowl title in four years, a 20-7 victory over Westfield in Westfield.

Holy Name did most of its damage on the ground as six backs combined for 216 yards. Bill Derosier, a junior, led the way with 65 yards on 12 carries. Senior Kevin Greene followed with 57 yards and a TD on six carries.

After losing their final two regular-season games, the Napoleons (10-3) had a reversal of fortune in the postseason. It began Tuesday with a victory over Wachusett, the team that defeated the Naps on Thanksgiving.

Quarterback Santino Simone scored the Naps' first two touchdowns on runs of 2 and 25 yards, respectively.

The Bombers (10-3) were led by senior back Tim Gaylord, who finished with 131 yards on 27 attempts, including a 30-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. Westfield fell to Shrewsbury in last year's 1A Super Bowl.

CMass/WMass Div. 2 - In Tantasqua's first Super Bowl game, Corey Lavallee made sure the Warriors wouldn't lose.

The senior quarterback completed 6 of 15 passes for 106 yards and a pair of touchdowns, and ran for 88 yards on 11 attempts as Tantasqua beat South Hadley, 17-14, in Westfield.

"This is truly awesome," said Lavallee. "South Hadley is a great team. They were very determined. This season has been incredible. I'm honored to be part of this."

The Warriors (13-0) were able to survive a final drive by the Tigers (8-4) when Jay Dizek's 29-yard field goal fell below the crossbar with five seconds remaining after deflecting off a South Hadley lineman. Brian Desmarais led the Tigers with 76 yards on 14 attempts and 2 TDs.

CMass/WMass Div. 2A - Auburn forced turnovers on five straight possessions en route to a 17-0 victory over Wahconah Regional (11-1) at Auburn High.

"That defense has been outstanding all year," Auburn coach Jeff Cormier said. "You know that old adage, 'defense wins championships?' Defense gave us opportunities to put points in and I think our offense was thankful and grateful and took advantage of what our defense provided for us."

Clinging to a 7-0 lead midway through the third quarter, Auburn (11-1) forced the first of three straight second-half Wahconah turnovers on the 11th play of Wahconah's opening drive in the second half.

Macy Washington jumped on the ball at the 5-yard line, then Alex Filiere broke for a 67-yard run on the next play.

Four plays later, Jon Leroux hit Tyler Beede with a 9-yard pass in the end zone to give Auburn a 13-0 lead.

Corey Roy added a 28-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter to close out the scoring.

Kevin O'Malley of the Worcester Telegram & Gazette contributed from Auburn.

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