DERRY — The Derry Wolverines started the season with a win over the team they won the state championship from during the 2009 season.
The Tewksbury Pride came to Derry Sept. 11 to challenge the champion Wolverines, but were defeated 24-0.
Wolverines head coach Fred Hamel said he was happy with both teams and said it was a good start to the season.
"Overall, it's a good start," he said.
Derry kicked off to begin the game and held Tewksbury to short yardage. The Wolverines took possession and drove the ball down field for the touchdown.
The Wolverine offense was led by quarterback Conner Holland, handing off for 239 yards and 26 yards passing. Derry's offense gained 265 yards.
Jason Hansen led the offensive rushing with 14 carries for 114 yards and 3 touchdowns. Adding to the offense were Ryan Day with 69 yards and 2 successful point after tries, and Peter Cyr with 46 yards and a spectacular kick return.
Mike Martinoli and Ryan Day were the pass receivers who tacked on an additional 26 yards of offense on key receptions and point after completions.
The offensive line of Kay Barnes, Zane Demers, Brandon Parent, Justin Poitras and Noah Robison dominated the Tewksbury defense, providing outstanding blocking for the Derry offensive team.
On defense, the Derry line was just as solid, giving up no points in the shutout. The Derry defensive line was anchored by Mike Hull, Trevor Williams and Liam Devaney.
Lloyd Williams and Ryan Day contained the outside run while linebackers Mike Martinoli, Jason Hansen and Kay Barnes denied the Tewksbury offense from gaining big yardage. In the backfield were Isaiah Backels and Ryan Burke. Top tacklers on opening day included Ryan Day, Mike Martinoli, Justin Poitras, Mike Hull and Lloyd Williams.
The Derry JV team worked very hard against a strong Tewksbury team and showed a lot of potential. The Tewksbury Pride JV team came away with the win, but the JV Wolverines showed a lot of drive and determination.
The JV team was led by quarterback Riley Cahill, with top rushing by Joey Guarracino and Nick Coombs. The offensive line worked very hard and was led by Peter Sweeney, Nick Eldredge, Bryson Pacocha, Seamus Dolan and Joe Lirette.
The defensive line included Bryson Pacocha, Joe Lirette and Joey Campbell. Top tacklers for the Derry JV included Riley Cahill, Sason Paris, Tyler Guerrera, Joey Campbell and Brandon Scotti.
Next week will be another tough opponent as the Derry Wolverines travel to Andover to take on the Andover Golden Warriors at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 18. Visit derrywolverines.com.