For the fifth time in six years, the Littleton High football team played in the MIAA Division 6 Central championship game.
And for the fourth time, the Tigers came away with the championship trophy.
Littleton, the second seed and defending sectional champion, defeated Blackstone-Millville/Hopedale, 34-0 in the MIAA Division 6 Central semifinal on Saturday, Nov. 10 at Doyle Field in Leominster.
“I told the kids that place is nothing new,” said Littleton defensive coordinator Carlo Ferrante. “We’re going to come out of here with the same result.”
The Tigers (8-2) will play North champion Stoneham in the state semifinals (time and location TBA). The winner of that game plays Old Rochester Regional for the state title on Dec. 1 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough.
Blackstone-Millville/Hopedale (5-5) threatened early in the second quarter when it drove to the Tigers’ 22 while trailing 7-0. Quarterback Robbie Siefring had runs of 26 and 8 yards and an 11-yard completion to Alex Luccini on the series.
The threat ended, however, when Littleton’s Austin Lynn picked off a pass from Siefring on the right sideline and raced 82 yards to the end zone. Kicker Cody Shearer’s second of four successful extra point attempts gave the Tigers a 14-0 lead with 10:01 left in the first half.
“That was a big play,” said Blackstone-Millville/Hopedale coach Josh Euglow. “The obviously scouted that play and they had a good game plan.”
Said Ferante, “That was huge. We had momentum but they were starting to get the momentum. Austin played a fantastic game. That’s why he got the hammer, but all of the kids should have gotten the hammer.”
At the end of each game, Ferrante traditionally awards a sledge hammer to the team’s top defensive player.
The Tigers held on to the 14-0 lead going into the second half when the Chargers’ Dylan Ayotte picked off a pass in the end zone on the final play of the half.
Lynn also intercepted a pass in the third quarter that set up Littleton’s final touchdown. On the last play from scrimmage in the quarter, his brother, Braden Lynn, connected with Evan Lyons in the right corner of the end zone for a 14-yard scoring play.
Littleton scored on all three possessions in the third quarter to put the game out of reach. Mitch Beaudoin carried the ball on the first three plays of the quarter with gains of 36 and 11 yards before finishing with a 15-yard scoring run up the middle with 9:47 left in the third.
“He’s a big boy,” Euglow said. “He got a lot of blocking in front of him.”
Said Beaudoin, “I didn’t know I’d get the ball for that much time. I just got rolling and that drive just sucked the wind right out of them.”
Austin Lynn scored the Tigers’ second touchdown of the third quarter on an 8-yard run through the middle of the line with 3:31 left in the quarter.
Will Scott scored Littleton’s first touchdown on a 6-yard run with 3:48 remaining in the opening quarter.