The Chelmsford Lions leave conference play this week for a date at Westford Academy.

However, that doesn't mean the Lions' task of finally breaking into the winner's column will be any easier.

The Grey Ghosts (2-4), 42-7 losers to Lincoln-Sudbury, moved the ball but could not compete consistently with the Warriors speed and size.

Chelmsford played its most complete game this season, but it was still not enough as Tewksbury departed Simonian Stadium with a 35-0 Merrimack Valley Conference football victory Oct. 12.

With the game still close, the Lions (0-6, 0-3) made several deep drives into Tewksbury territory, including the 2-yard line.

Mistakes, however, took away whatever momentum created by Chelmsford, shut out for the fifth time this season.

"The kids played well in the first half," Chelmsford coach Dave Kaizer said. "We had our opportunities. I was proud."

Meanwhile, Tewksbury (5-1, 3-1), which owned a 7-0 lead at the half, exploded for 21 points in the third quarter to put the game away.

Chelmsford back Mike Vecchione gained 53 yards in the first half for his most productive output, but was not on the field for much of the second half and finished with 59 yards on 23 carries.

Chelmsford coach Dave Kaizer was injured during the game, using crutches as his left knee was encased in a soft cast.

For Tewksbury, Jack Kelly rushed for 100 yards and scored twice in the third quarter on a 17-yard run and a 30-yard pass from James Connolly.

Connolly also scored from three yards out in the second quarter. Shane Aylward and Kyle Zervas added the final two Tewksbury touchdowns.

Chelmsford quarterback Chris Rabias finished 7-of-25 for 56 yards. Brian Mitchell caught three passes and Mike Lupoli two.

Mitchell was also open behind the Tewksbury defense in the first quarter but Rabias was off target.

The Lions had their chances. In the second quarter and trailing by seven, the Lions drove the ball to the Tewksbury 2-yard line.

However, on fourth-and-goal from the 2, Vecchione could not handle the high direct snap and was tackled for a loss.

Also, in the second quarter, Vecchione also recovered a fumble on the Tewksbury 32-yard line, but Chelmsford was unable to convert.