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September 29, 2013

Gridiron Memories: Labrecque has career game for Central

Gridiron Memories
Michael Muldoon

---- — Here is what was happening this week in 1990: Junior Kevin Labrecque rushed for 212 yards and four TDs as Central Catholic clipped Lowell, 25-16. On one score, 250-pound Sean Finneran bowled over two defenders. ... Trailing 8-7, Lance Hamel fired a scoring strike to Mike Roberge with 3:53 to play to lift Greater Lawrence past Tyngsboro. ... Sean Stevenson intercepted three passes, including one on a desperation heave in the waning moments, and caught a TD pass to propel Pinkerton over Salem, 20-12. Rich Bernard (2 TD passes) led Salem. Kevin Harrison rushed for 97 yards and a score for Timberlane, which pounded Somersworth 30-8. ... Joe Emmons completed 7 of 9 passes for two scores and rushed for 94 yards and another TD as Whittier shaded Old Colony 22-16. ... In a strange game between 3-0 teams, Tewksbury beat Haverhill 6-4. A Hillie drive stalled at the 7 with 2:26 left. ... Methuen walloped Lawrence 45-8 behind 3 TDs from Dan Alicea. ...

In Andover’s 21-6 win over Lowell, David Blank scored twice and Matt Perry completed 11 of 15 passes for 154 yards and an 8-yard TD pass to Brett Hammond. ... Jim Petorelli scored on a pass and an interception to lift Brooks past Middlesex 26-0. ... Trinity Catholic whitewashed Georgetown 12-0. .... Sophomore Jim Cavanaugh scored on two runs and lightning-fast transfer Larry Elizalde gained 133 yards to lead North Andover to a 27-0 win over Ipswich. ... Masconomet blanked Pentucket 34-0. ... Chris Hanson scored twice but Mike Rymsha’s 1-yard TD run with 24 seconds remaining gave Newburyport a 24-20 decision over North Reading. ... Postgrad Ned Burke fired five TD passes, three to Todd Lubin, and Phillips pounded Tabor 41-0. Burke later was a coach for the New York Jets and New England Patriots.

2000: Towering Tardif lifts Timberlane

After a year away from the sport, Timberlane basketball standout Chris Tardif continued to shine on the gridiron. He fired scoring passes of 70 and 30 yards to Jon Nye in a 21-13 win over Trinity. ... Caley Sullivan of North Andover threw a TD pass to Marquis Daisy but Brooks fell to Nobles in its opener, 13-6. ... Aaron Lacharite scored three TDs and Sean Landers booted two field goals as Central Catholic blanked Haverhill 32-0. ... Tyngsboro scored with 37 seconds left to beat Georgetown 28-26. Sam Edwards (124 rushing yards, 100-yard 2-point conversion return) led the Royals. ... Joe Shafer rushed for 110 yards and Londonderry blanked previously-unbeaten Concord 23-0. ... Tewksbury shut out Methuen 19-0. ...

Hamilton-Wenham recovered four fumbles and scored on a blocked kick to beat North Andover 15-13. Will Uttley (9 carries, 87 yards, TD) led the Knights. ... Ipswich beat North Reading 7-0. ... Melvin Gomez, Wayne Dow, Nick Flanagan, Jose Rodriguez, Edgardo Campos, Albert Cora and Anthony Moschetto all scored as balanced Greater Lawrence whipped Minuteman 48-14 to improve to 1-3. ... Jonathan Cintron and Eric Frias scored for Lawrence in a 34-14 loss to Malden. Rick Bethelmie (328 rushing yards, 5 TDs) ran wild for the Tornadoes. ... Ben Workinger scored the lone Pelham TD in a 49-8 loss to St. Thomas. ... Paul Ragaglia’s 50-yard TD with 1:30 left capped a 92-yard drive as Pentucket handed Newburyport its first loss 21-14. ...

Damion White threw an 18-yard TD pass to J.T. Simms but Phillips lost to Hotchkiss 40-15. ... Tri-captain John Jenkins (2 TDs) and Pinkerton clipped Salem 23-6. Sean Lynch returned an interception 22 yards for a score for Salem, which was victimized by five turnovers. ... Freshman Brendan Smith (6 of 9, 157 yards) was inserted late in the first half and threw a TD pass of 80 yards to Chris Callison and another of 40 yards to Jon Maloney. It wasn’t enough, though, as Billerica beat Andover 38-21. It turned out those were the only TD passes of the year for the Warriors. ... Tom Diaz rushed for 164 yards and three TDs as Whittier roughed up Manchester 33-0.

1980: Murphy powers Astros over Timberlane

Third-year Pinkerton coach Brian O’Reilly celebrated his 27th birthday in style. His Astros downed Timberlane, 28-16. Marc Murphy came up big with 122 yards and four rushing TDs. ... Jimmy Muldoon picked off two passes to spark Lawrence to a 14-6 win over Methuen. Since Jimmy was a football star he’s obviously no relation! ... The defensive was impenetrable and John Palmieri (97 yards, 2 TDs) took care of the offense as Salem blanked Manchester Central 12-0.

1975: Douglas, Devils down Keene

“Leave ‘em Larry” Douglas scored twice and two-way tackle Ed Marquis dominated in the trenches in Salem’s 41-27 win over Keene. ... Bill Alexander rushed for 154 yards, scored two TDs and connected with Mark Farnham for a score as Andover beat Austin Prep, 38-6, to extend its winning streak to 29 games. ... Sophomore Dan Brucato posted his second straight 3-TD game as North Andover topped Pentucket and its talented QB Tom Beaton 20-13.

1950: Rosy plus Silke equals victory

Fran Jacques ran for a TD and Owen Silke caught a TD pass from Bob Rosmarino as Central Catholic beat St. Mary of Brookline, 13-6. ... Bob Frederickson scored on a short run and “Century Sid” Watson booted the PAT as Punchard High of Andover nipped Danvers, 7-6. Co-captain Cliff Lawrence recovered a key late fourth quarter fumble.

Follow Michael Muldoon on Twitter under the screen name @MullyET.