EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

September 15, 2013

Gridiron Memories: A look back in area football history

Gridiron Memories
Michael Muldoon

---- — Gridiron Memories is a new column which will run throughout the fall. This high school football column will be a stroll down memory lane. We’d love to get reader input particularly old pictures and “where are they now?” updates on the interesting lives of former players after they hung up the cleats.

Thanks to Central Catholic’s Dave Defillippo for his contributions this week.

You can reach Gridiron Memories writer Michael Muldoon at mmuldoon@eagletribune.com or 978-946-2312.

10 years ago: Sachems beat the clock and the wildcats

Four-time defending CAL champ Pentucket eked past Wilmington, 7-0, on a Lisle Buckley 6-yard run with 35 seconds left. Drew Vetere picked off future All-Scholastic Joe Herra to set up the score. ... In their first meeting since 1999, Andover extended its winning streak over North Andover to 11 with a 34-7 romp. Geoff Stevens scored twice and threw a TD pass to Dennis Collins. Sophomore Buddy Farnham caught six passes for 92 yards and scored a TD. Freshman Andrew Foote scored for the Knights. ... When star Joey Fendone went down with a knee injury, Mike Loomis answered the call. He scored on a 46-yard run with 2:50 left and Scott Landers booted the PAT as Central rallied past Woburn, with future BC star linebacker Mike McLaughlin, 14-13.

Ryan Saunders scored on a 1-yard run and a 60-yard interception as Haverhill beat Salem (Mass.) 20-6. ... Josh Valerio rushed for two scores and fired TD passes to Garrett Webb and Kevin Lacroix and Steve Giarrusso booted five PATs as Methuen topped Greater Lawrence 35-8. ... Concord beat Salem 10-7 on a Mose Duchano 23-yard field goal with 2:15 left. Eric Boucher scored for the Devils. ... Shane Johnson ran and threw for a TD but Timberlane fell to Winnacunnet 28-23. ... Senior Andy Howard, a former cross country standout playing his first year of football, had quite a debut. He scored on passes of 83 and 30 yards and an 80-yard kickoff return but Whittier lost to South Shore 34-22.

20 years ago: Sanguedolce runs wild for methuen

Joe Sanguedolce rushed 19 times for 194 yards and 3 TDs for Methuen in a 30-7 romp over Tewksbury. ... If you thought Lawrence High would christen the new lights at Lawrence Stadium, you thought wrong. In the first night game ever there, Central Catholic lost to Billerica 13-0. Mike Mastrullo threw for 199 yards for Billerica. Central’s Matt Cassano threw for 157 yards in what would prove to be his club’s only loss of the season.

In the first night game ever at Haverhill Stadium, Brian Tellier scored but Lowell tripped the Hillies 17-6. ... Matt Jordan (20 carries, 160 yards, 3 TDs) and Russ Massahos (2 TDs) powered Pinkerton in a 40-6 win over Salem. ... Pelham, a first-year varsity program, took it on the chin from Newport, 58-0. ... Erik Cain score both TDs for Timberlane in a 42-13 setback to Winnacunnet. ... ... Former Little League hero Toby Guzowski scored twice and freshman Brian Tisbert booted a 27-yard field goal as Andover topped Lawrence 17-7.

25 years ago: Thornton perfect for knights

In a 28-0 North Andover shellacking of Ipswich, Brad Thornton was 5 for 5 for 116 yards including two TD passes to Jeff Kooken and one to Rick DiChiara. ... Joe Celia and Bob Diodati filled in with Lawrence coach Steve Perocchi out with a bad back. Bill Bryant threw for 114 yards but Dracut rolled 17-0. ... Bill Eacrett scored twice for Londonderry in a 24-14 win over Laconia. ... Sean McCarthy had the Methuen touchdown in an 18-8 loss to Tewksbury. ... Mike McCoy (4 TDs) and Steve Puleo (2 TDs) led Pentucket in a 42-14 romp over Timberlane. ... Bert Tucker fired two TD passes and Alex Cayer scored twice as Salem blanked Spaulding 45-0.

Chelmsford whipped Andover 35-0. ... Chris Kalil scored twice and went over 100 yards rushing and Chris Lane passed for 105 yards including a 22-yard scoring strike to Luis “The Lip” Garcia as Central Catholic shaded Wilmington 21-14. ... Mike Hamel scored and “Hot Rod” Cruz added the conversion rush but Northeast rolled past Greater Lawrence 26-8. ... Haverhill missed the conversion with a minute left and fell to Lowell 21-10. Mike Favalora caught seven passes for 139 yards and two TDs from Brendon Skafas.

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E-mail Michael Muldoon at mmuldoon@eagletribune.com. Follow him on Twitter at @MullyET.

Three-Time Eagle-Tribune All-Stars

Years Name School

2006-08 Bruce Vieira Pelham

2005-07 Mike Leavitt Central

2004-06 Andrew Foote North Andover

2004-06 Andrew Regan Central

2003-05 Buddy Farnham Andover

2002-04 Drew Carey Masconomet

1999-01 Jeff Molesso Haverhill

1999-01 Mike Grella Pinkerton

1996-98 Tim Gale Masconomet

1992-94 Matt Cassano Central

1991-93 Matt Jordan Pinkerton

1987-89 Rod Cruz Greater Lawrence

1984-86 Ryan Mihalko Pinkerton

1973-75 Mike Hagen Salem

NOTE: The only other sophomore to make the team was Londonderry’s Andy MacInnis in 1996, he was a two-time Eagle-Tribune All-Star (1996, 1998). Eagle-Tribune Football All-Star teams began in 1970.