Defense leads Londonderry football to shutout

CARL RUSSO/staff photo.Londonderry's Blaine Hopkins (74), seen here in a previous game, had a huge game defensively Friday night against Manchester Memorial.

MANCHESTER — Everyone knows how prolific the Londonderry football team’s offense has been this fall.

And that’s not something that changed last Friday night.

But the Lancers more than came ready to play on the defensive end, leading to an eventual 41-0 blowout win over Manchester Memorial.

Londonderry (8-0) held Memorial to just a remarkable 53 total yards of offense, while racking up five sacks — led by Blaine Hopkins, Jake Naar, Michael Watts and Nick Walter with one — and 15 tackles for loss — led by Naar’s 2.5. While the offense only managed a slightly-uncharacteristic six points in the first quarter, the defense took care of business.

And the Lancers finally got going in the second quarter. Jake McEachern started the frame with a 3-yard touchdown run before hitting running back Jeffrey Wiedenfeld for a 12-yard score, and Tyler Kayo added a 1-yard burst up the middle to make it a 28-0 game at halftime.

Eric Raza then caught a 9-yard TD pass from McEachern before adding a 14-yard scoring run in the third quarter to put a bow on the game’s points.

Hopkins led the defense with five tackles (two for a loss) and a sack. As a team, Memorial (1-7) had just 3 total rushing yards on 25 attempts. And offensively for Londonderry, McEachern accounted for 206 all-purpose yards (120 rushing, 86 passing) and three touchdowns, and both Wiedenfeld and Raza added a pair of scores.

The Lancers will wrap up the regular season by hosting Manchester Central on Friday (7 p.m.).

Londonderry 41, Manchester Memorial 0

Londonderry (8-0): 6 22 13 0 — 41

Manchester Memorial (1-7): 0  0  0 0 —  0

First Quarter

L — Jeffrey Wiedenfeld 6 run (kick failed), 2:55

Second Quarter

L — Jake McEachern 3 run (Zach Fawcett kick), 10:44

L — Wiedenfeld 12 pass from McEachern (Fawcett kick), 4:51

L — Tyler Kayo 1 run (Cameron Babine pass from McEachern), 1:02

Third Quarter

L — Eric Raza 9 pass from McEachern (Fawcett kick), 7:44

L — Raza 14 run (kick failed), :21

INDIVIDUAL LEADERS

RUSHING: LONDONDERRY (47-338): Jake McEachern 12-120, Tyler Kayo 8-49, Kyle Proulx 2-38, Eric Raza 4-35, Jeffrey Wiedenfeld 9-29, Dylan McEachern 2-22, Hayden Austen 2-15, Robbie Derhak 3-14, Jesse Morin 1-11, Aiden Washington 2-4, Aiden O’Laughlin 2-1; MM (25-3): Kai Colson 8-29, Rob Fuller 1-1, Will Clark 1-0, Cam Makara 1-0, Junior Darlue 1-(-1), Kyle Blais 3-(-4), Braden Hafeman 10-(-23)

PASSING: L — J. McEachern 4-9-0, 86; MM — Jeffrey Josefik 2-3-0, 27, Hafeman 5-11-2, 23

RECEIVING: L — Wiedenfeld 1-49, Kayo 1-21, Eric Raza 1-9, Matt Jones 1-7; MM — Blais 5-25, Basil High 1-20, Clark 1-5

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