With Westwood in town for homecoming night, an evening that started off by honoring Brenda Gonzalez – an Ashland football parent who is fighting cancer – and included special needs student and Ashland High senior Owen Lovely scoring a touchdown, ended with the Clockers doing just enough to remain undefeated with a 28-19 victory over the Wolverines.

ASHLAND – Something special.

That's been the season so far for the Ashland football team. And that kind of feeling was on full display on Friday night.

With Westwood in town for homecoming night, an evening that started off by honoring Brenda Gonzalez – an Ashland football parent who is fighting cancer – and included special needs student and Ashland High senior Owen Lovely scoring a touchdown, ended with the Clockers doing just enough to remain undefeated with a 28-19 victory over the Wolverines.

The win moves Ashland to 6-0 on the season and sets up what could be the biggest game of the season for both the Clockers and Holliston – who is unbeaten and plays Norwood on Saturday – next Friday with a Tri-Valley League Large division title on the line.

“We knew coming into this week that we couldn't overlook Westwood,” said Ashland senior quarterback Jackson Hornung, who threw a touchdown pass and had an interception late in the game. “If we did and we lose the game, then we don't put ourselves in position to control our own destiny next week. Everything builds up to next week.”

Sitting at a perfect 5-0 through the first five weeks, the Clockers were well aware that a TVL Large title was well within their grasp.

Ashland knew it couldn't look past Friday night's tilt with Westwood, needing to not have a slip up before next Friday's potentially all-important showdown with the Panthers.

But things didn't exactly start well for the Clockers, who came out flat on both sides of the ball, but they went on to score three straight touchdowns – two of which came in the final 2:05 of the first half to build momentum.

Yet, it was Westwood who came out flying, scoring on its first two possessions courtesy of a Shamar Hall 1-yard plunge midway through the first quarter and John Hannon's 32-yard catch early in the second quarter.

A bad snap after Hannon's touchdown, however, left the score 13-0, as Ashland still found itself in a hole.

The Clockers finally started to dig themselves out of that hole when they got the ball on the Westwood 33-yard line with 5:14 left to go before the half.

Ashland faced a fourth-and-2, which Brody Assencoa converted with a 7-yard carry. Three plays later, on a second-and-16, Hornung found junior wideout Kevin Russell on a go route, the Ashland basketball player getting position on his defender before leaping to make the grab in the end zone. Andre Agostinelli's (4-of-4 PAT) point after made it 13-7 with 2:05 on the clock.

A Wolverines quick three-and-out followed, with a personal foul on Westwood on the ensuing punt, gave Ashland the ball on the Wolverines 36 with 1:07 to play until half. After netting 12 yards on the first three plays, junior do-it-all Dom Cavanagh found junior Jake Latessa for a 24-yard score down the seam, giving Ashland a 14-13 lead heading into the half.

“After they scored those two touchdowns, we came out on our third series of defense and set them back a bunch to the 5-yard line,” Hornung said. “That was huge. That gave us good field position and we fed off that. And that first touchdown catch by Kevin, I've never seen anything like that.”

“We knew we had to tighten up in that second quarter after a rough start,” added Cavanagh. “Once we got that big defensive stop, we got some rhythm offensively. Those scores were big.”

The Clockers then came out in the third quarter and drove 60 yards in five plays, sophomore Eddy Lopez capping it with a 24-yard score in which Russell threw a tremendous block to set Lopez on his way. That made it 21-13 before the two teams traded touchdowns – Westwood failing on a two-point conversion – the rest of the way.

And if that wasn’t enough to make Clocker Nation happy, the Ashland win was also the cherry on top of a special night.

Not only is it homecoming weekend, but right before the teams went into the locker room for halftime, Clockers special needs player Owen Lovely scored a scripted touchdown. Lovely, who wears No. 87 because he loves Patriots standout tight end Rob Gronkowski, delivered a big Gronk spike before being mobbed by his teammates in a great moment before halftime.

Great moment at end of half as Owen Lovely - an Ashland special needs student athlete - scores TD. Lovely wears #87 because he loves Gronk and gave a big Gronk spike after the score. Awesome stuff@MetroWestSports

— Jared Keene (@JKeene11)October 12, 2018

On top of that, Ashland junior Ezekial Gonzalez's mom served as an honorary captain before the game after Brenda recently was diagnosed with breast cancer.

“Owen has been dreaming about doing that his whole life,” Cavanagh said. “We thought it'd be special to do it for him tonight. He's such a great kid. He brings the team together so much. We were pumped for him. And then [Ezekial's] mom, we're just rallying behind both [him] and his mom. We're keeping him up and just making sure he doesn't get too down about it.

“Awesome night.”

It sure was something special.

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