EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

November 23, 2012

George-Williams beats his old town

Christopher Smith
csmith@eagletribune.com

---- — 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.”

Three interceptions

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.

Methuen 41, Dracut 19

Dracut (2-9, 0-5): 7  0 12 0 — 19

Methuen (3-8, 1-4): 7 20  7 7 — 41

First Quarter

M — Colin Langford 35 pass from Austin George-Williams (George-Williams kick), 7:46

D — Bryant Tuff 41 pass from Tyler Bassett (Chris Seidl kick), 4:59

Second Quarter

M — Langford 9 pass from George-Williams (George-Williams kick), 10:56

M — Willy Weinhold 1 run (kick failed), 3:01

M — Weinhold 2 run (George-Williams kick), 0:45

Third Quarter

D — Zach Bassett 30 run (Seidl kick failed), 6:32

M — Langford 49 pass from George-Williams (George Williams kick), 3:46

D — Bryant Tuff 7 pass from Tyler Bassett (kick blocked), 0:41

Fourth Quarter

M — Kenny Sullivan 14 interception return (George-Williams kick), 3:42

INDIVIDUAL LEADERS

RUSHING: Methuen (37-124) — Austin George-Williams 12-40, Mike Baglieri 2-(-5), Jake Amodio 2-6, Willy Weinhold 21-83; Dracut (28-103) — Tyler Bassett 11-44, Bryant Tuff 4-17, Zach Bassett 10-48, Ian Michaud 3-(-6)

PASSING: Methuen — George-Williams 19-30-0, 287 yards; Baglieri 2-2-0, 13 yards; Dracut — Tyler Bassett 7-15-2, 85 yards, Bryant Tuff 0-1-1, 0 yards

RECEIVING: Methuen — Colin Langford 5-127, Weinhold 1-26, Evan Lacroix 6-51, Brian Cole 3-26, Spencer Bilich 6-70; Dracut — Pat Noonan 2-21, Bryant Tuff 4-64