METHUEN — Austin George-Williams grew up in Dracut before moving to Methuen in the seventh grade.
“I’m glad he came over,” Methuen receiver Colin Langford said.
George-Williams completed 19 of 30 passes for 287 yards, threw for three touchdowns and intercepted a pass to lead Methuen to a 41-19 victory over Thanksgiving Day rival Dracut.
“It definitely feels a lot better beating these guys because I grew up with them,” he said. “I know a lot of them. I knew their quarterback (Tyler) Bassett and his older brother Zach.”
George-Williams completed five passes to Langford for a total of 127 yards. The two combined for three touchdown strikes of 35, 9 and 49 yards.
“I’m so proud of him,” Langford said about George-Williams. “He was on point today. Every game, you can see he’s getting better and better. I couldn’t have done some of the things I’ve done without him.
“I’m so proud of this team for fighting all game long and getting a win.”
The Methuen secondary had three interceptions, including one that junior Kenny Sullivan returned for a touchdown.
“I’ve never seen a more confident player than Kenny Sullivan,” Langford said. “He works every day and obviously, it paid off.”
George-Williams’ pick came with time expiring in the second quarter.
Ruddy Severino made the other interception.
Odds and ends
Dracut leads the all time series 26-21-3. ... Methuen returns several skill players next year, including George-Williams, receiver Evan Lacroix (6 catches, 51 yards), receiver Spencer Bilich (6 catches, 70 yards) and running back Willy Weinhold who rushed 21 times for 83 yards and two touchdowns while also catching a 26-yard pass yesterday. ... Dracut and Methuen both have entertaining bands. Some songs that were played: “I’m Shipping up To Boston,” the Little Mermaid’s “Under the Sea” and the “Jaws” theme song.