DERRY — The Derry Wolverines hosted the Lowell Redmen Saturday and were ready to turn the season back into the right direction. Both the varsity and JV teams came out in the opening plays ready to battle.
The varsity began the day with a strong showing for four quarters, racking up 32 points and shutting out the Lowell Redmen, 32-0. The JV came out and ran the opening kick-off back for the touchdown and never looked back, winning 14-0.
The Wolverines varsity team started the day passing, and had a strong mix of running and passing for the victory. The varsity offense, led by quarterback Conner Holland, ended up with 228 total yards, with top rushing by Ryan Day and Jason Hansen.
Holland went 9 for 14 pass attempts and 3 touchdowns on passes. Holland, Lloyd Williams, Riley Cahill and Peter Cyr all took the football into the end zone for touchdowns. The offensive line — led by Noah Robison, Justin Poitras, Brandon Parent, Zane Demers and Alex Pendenza — worked hard to fend off the tough Lowell defense.
The Wolverine defense held strong, giving up only 128 total yards of offense and no touchdowns. The defense was led with top tackles by Riley Cahill and Lloyd Williams with 8 tackles each followed closely by Justin Poitras, Mike Martinoli and Mike Hull.
The Derry JV team kept the momentum going as they took the field with an opening kick off by Jason Paris for 70 yards and a touchdown in the opening seconds of play. Connor Harrington carried the ball for an additional 39 yards and a touchdown. The offense was led primarily by Tyler Guererra and Zach Lombard.
The Derry offensive line played hard, with impressive blocking from Joey Campbell, Bryson Pacocha, Nick Eldredge, Joe Lirette and Trevor Williams. Top tacklers on the defensive side included Nick Eldredge, Jason Paris, Trevor Williams and Dave Duguay.
The Wolverines host Billerica at Don Ball Field at Humphrey Park in Derry at 6 p.m. Saturday. For more information on the Derry Wolverines, visit derrywolverines.com/.