Maynard has received help during the early part of the football season from an unlikely source.

"We have a young team," Maynard coach Harold Ogilvie said. "We started four freshmen…We’re getting great play out of our freshmen class."

The Tigers offense has also begun to roll, combining in their first two games for 77 points. Of course, the defense has also allowed 77 points as Maynard split its first two games, including a 55-44 shootout at Quabbin to open the Mid-Wach C season.

This week, Maynard (1-1, 1-0) hosts Tyngsborough (1-1, 0-0), which opens league play. Tyngsborough, also called the Tigers, were shutout Sept. 15 by Northbridge, 47-0.

As usual, Ogilvie is taking nothing for granted.

"They are a physical team," he said.

Tyngsborough is led by running back Kyle Corkum, who gained 70 yards in the loss.

At Quabbin, Maynard jumped out to a 28-0 lead, absorbed a comeback and ultimately survived.

"The final score is not indicative of the game," Ogilvie said. "The best part, we had eight drives and we scored eight times."

The Tigers 55 points was the highest ever since Ogilvie took over the football program seven years ago.

Maynard’s Cole Puntoni scored five touchdowns, including two through the air, while quarterback Tommy Smith ran for 179 yards and passed for 51 more and two touchdowns.

Johnny Sforza gained 110 yards and score two touchdowns.

Overall, the Tigers gained 429 total yards on 49 offensive plays. More than 280 yards came in the first half.

Meanwhile, Quabbin quarterback Ryan Malkowski completed 22 of 42 passes for 388 yards and four touchdowns, three of which went to Colby Smith.

Travis Lanpher had 151 receiving yards and a score.

Maynard opened the game recovering a Pathers’ onsides kick.

"Our offense was dictating play," Ogilvie said. "Our defense made a couple mistakes. We had some breakdowns; our safties collided and they took it to the house.

"Their first three possessions, they didn’t get a first down."

Maynard led at the half, 41-22. The teams traded touchdowns in the second half.