REDHAWKS COME TO LIFE IN SECOND HALF
It was a great night at Memorial Field on Friday. Here is the game story from the Metrowest Daily News.
NATICK — The Natick football team hadn’t played a game on its own field in 27 days prior to hosting Bay State Conference Herget division foe Walpole on Friday night.
It seemed like it took the Redhawks a half to get used to being back at Memorial Field, but following a tough opening 24 minutes Natick was able to regroup and come away with a convincing 28-3 win.
Natick is now 5-1 on the year (3-1 BSC) and will host Norwood next week in the regular season finale before waiting to find out where it’s postseason will begin. Walpole falls to 2-4 on the year and 1-3 in conference play.
“Ugly is a good word to describe the beginning of this game,” said Natick head coach Mark Mortarelli. “We were moving the ball well but just couldn’t finish. To our guys’ credit, the offense just kept plugging away. Our backs got going a bit and we were able to bust it open, but Walpole made it tough on us.”
After a first half that saw Natick trailing 3-0, the Redhawks desperately needed an early spark in the third quarter.
Walpole obliged as quarterback Brett Lavanchy bobbled the second snap from scrimmage following a holding call, and Natick’s Josh Atwood was there to quickly fall on it at the Rebel 15-yard line.
Five plays later, Tim Ramstrom rumbled into the end zone on a pitch play from three yards out to put Natick on the board. David Carey added the extra point for a 7-3 lead with 9:13 left in the quarter.
Four plays after that, the Natick defense again came up with a turnover. This time it was Christian D’Antonio recovering a fumble forced by Gio DeJesus at the Walpole 46. Ten rushing plays later Ramstrom punched in another touchdown, this time from four yards out. Another Carey extra point made it 14-3 with 2:33 left in the third.
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