Rangers erupt in 3rd
METHUEN — A dogfight turned into a blowout in 11 minutes last night as Methuen High blasted Malden 42-12.
Up just 14-12 at intermission, senior Cal Carroll hit six straight passes in the third, three for scores.
For the night, Carroll connected on 11 of 16 for 145 with 5 touchdown passes. He also ran for 91 yards on 15 carries.
Methuen, upset a week ago at Plymouth North, held Malden to just 63 second half yards, pouncing on a pair of turnovers.
The Rangers, at 1-1, now hit the heart of their schedule with a huge Friday night showdown at Billerica against superstar Nick LaSpada and the Indians.
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With defensive standout Jason Doyle on crutches, lost for the season with a knee injury, Methuen needed a difference maker.
Last night, outside linebacker Matt Delmonte proved more than up to the task. The junior delivered the decisive blow, a crunching blindside strip sack on Malden QB Kevin Valley, setting up a huge insurance TD. Delmonte also added an interception and a second forced-fumble in the 11-tackle night.
STICK OF THE NIGHT
It was more scary than thrilling for a moment. On a punt return, Timberlane's Connor Sproul came from the blind side and delivered a hit that knocked Manchester West's Daniel Morel clear off his feet and into the air before slamming to the ground. The true de-cleater echoed off the stands, sent the crowd into a frenzy and freed up Nick Lawrence for a 24-yard punt return.
HEARTBREAK OF THE NIGHT
A second straight win appeared in reach for Sanborn. But it was not to be.
The defense had not allowed a touchdown since the first drive of the game, and trailing by just a touchdown in the final moments, the Indians used a sharp two-minute drill to drive to the Somersworth 1-yard line.
But Sanborn was turned away on fourth down with a minute to play to fall just short.
THE GOOD HANDS TEAM
Quarterbacks are always in good hands with a duo of Methuen's Raudy Minaya and North Andover's Jon Swanton.
Minaya, a returning Eagle-Tribune All-Star, was on the receiving end of three of Cal Carroll's five touchdown passes, and finished the day with five catches for 72 yards.
Swanton, a catcher for the baseball team, grabbed a pair of touchdown passes from Brandon Walsh for a combined 55 yards.
Fans very well may be in for a preview of the New Hampshire Division 1 title game today, as Pinkerton hosts Nashua North at 1 p.m.
Overlooked heading into the season, Pinkerton has used a dominant running game to roll to a 2-0 start with wins over Timberlane and Nashua South.
Emmitt Smith (19 carries, 230 yards) and Kevin Davies (25 carries, 223 yards) lead the Astros. Talented back Andre Williams is the go-to guy for North.
North, the Division 1 runner up a season ago, was picked No. 2 in the division going into the preseason behind Salem. The Titans fell to Division 2 powerhouse Winnacunnet in Week 1, and topped Londonderry 27-7 in Week 2.