For the Derry Demons fifth-grade team, the season continued to roll on with another win. It was their sixth win and the defensive unit's fourth shutout of the season.
Offensively, the backs had freedom to display their skills behind an offensive front that was opening huge holes. The Demon offense kept Londonderry off balance from the onset of the game with a surgical mix of play calls, having nine different players handle the ball while Mark Newman (2 touchdowns), Michael Gorham (2 touchdowns), and Ja'vell Desir all tallied for the Demons.
Defensively, Mark Newman contributed an interception, while Austin Trammell, Joron Harrell, Stephen Frazier and a host of other players created havoc for Londonderry's backfield and receivers.
Derry's success continues to be driven by everyone contributing every game, a formula that will serve them well as they begin their playoff run with a semi-final game against a yet unnamed opponent this coming Saturday.
Sixth-graders clinch playoff spot
The Demons sixth-grade team, many of whom made it to last season's state title game as fifth-graders, took advantage of the home field to roll over Londonderry, 34-6, at Don Ball Park.
After a tight first half, Derry's high-powered offense was too much for the Wildcats to handle as the Demons finished the regular season on a three-game winning streak. The win puts Derry in the playoffs, opening up against an undefeated Nashua Elks Crusaders team in the quarterfinals.
Fourth-graders drop final game
The Derry Demons fourth grade ended their season Sunday with a tough loss to a good Hudson Bears team, 24-13. The Demons ended up 3-4 on the season. Hunter Ickes had a great running game, including a 25-yard sweep followed by a 6 touchdown run in his last game for the Demons.
Seth Williams had another strong day as well, which included a great touchdown run in the first quarter. Defensively, there were great hits in the game by Jacob Ridenour and Robby Fahey, along with a fumble recovery by Jake Seccareccio.
Middle school rolls over Milford
The Demons finished off their regular season with a 34-0 win over the Milford Mustangs. The Demons record improved to 6-2 and earned them a first-place finish in their division.
Gil Culbertson had a huge day rushing, scoring touchdowns of 64, 56 and 30 yards. Tyler Seccareccio made a nice 15-yard touchdown grab from quarterback Aidan Sullivan.
Sullivan also connected on an extra point conversion pass to Jake Houston. Mike Curley had a very good day on both sides of the ball, including a 5-yard touchdown run.
Joey Lydick scored on a tough run through the middle of the Mustangs' defense on a point after conversion. Avery Littlefield also had several outstanding runs for Derry. Collin Young had a fumble recovery and Brandyn McColligan made a nice interception.
Third-graders fall to Londonderry
The Third Grade and Under team lost to the Londonderry Wildcats to even their regular season record to 4-4.
After falling behind 13-0, the Demons put together a long scoring drive set up by a sweet, long run by Dominic Tritto. Evan Hansen punched in a 5-yard touchdown to give the Demons momentum going into halftime.
The Demon defense played tough against the Londonderry wedge offense, letting up 19 points including a stout goal line stand. The Demons took over on their own 2-yard line and were stopped in their own backfield for a safety.
Defensively, Nick Lampro had a great game generating pressure on the defensive line. Conor Gearing stepped in to have an outstanding game at the center position on short notice. The Demons now move on to the third-grade SuperBowl in Nashua this weekend.