HOPKINTON – After playing their first two games of the season at their gorgeous new home at Doucette Field, the Tewksbury Memorial High School football team will be on the road the next two Fridays, stopping at Hopkinton this Friday, then to North Andover on October 1. Both matches will start at 6:00 p.m.
The contest with Hopkinton will conclude the three non-league games to open the season with Danvers and Lowell in the top two. The North Andover match will start four straight games against opponents from MVC D2 with Billerica, Chelmsford and Dracut to follow, and then the crossover match against Andover will follow.
This Friday will mark the first time in the history of the program that Tewksbury and Hopkinton will face each other.
âThe only information I have about them is that I saw them play once last year and it was really an accident. My nephew was playing for Holliston, so I watched one of those games on YouTube and they looked good, “Tewksbury head coach Brian Aylward said.” They jumped at the chance to play us. It’s a bigger school, they’re in Division 2, but they still have good, quality athletes.
âThey had a tough opener against Wayland, but I’ve heard Wayland is really good this year. Comparable scores and it doesn’t matter. We just need to get the best possible results. “
Under the new rosters, Hopkinton finished in Division 2, while Tewksbury was in D4. Prior to the roster change, both schools were in the same D4 division as the Hillers made three consecutive trips to the playoffs, winning the D4 South Section in 2017 before losing to Melrose, 22-8, and then losing the section semifinals the following year in Milton. In 2019, they were 2-5 and lost to Plymouth South in the first round.
In the fall-2 season, the Hillers finished 2-3 under head coach Don MacLean. He stayed there for two seasons after replacing Jim Girard, who left Hopkinton to take over as Lincoln-Sudbury.
This year’s coach is Mark Sanborn, who served as an assistant for three years before being named MacLean’s replacement. Sanborn was a former three sports athlete at HHS and played baseball at UMass-Lowell from 2009 to 2012. So far this season his Hillers’ team are 1-1, losing first to Wayland, 40-6, before rebounding. back with a 19-8 victory over Nauset, both games out of the league.
Hopkinton would be quite young this season with a lot of juniors. The team is led by QB Robert Litscher, RB / LB Joey Carrazzaa, FB Aiden Kelly, WR Seamus Murphy and TE / DE Brady Auslander.