Thanks to a 35-3 blowout win over Leicester in the Division 7 Central Mass. title game on Saturday morning at Commerce Bank Field at Foley Stadium, Blackstone Valley Tech is now just one win away from having that opportunity to get back to Gillette Stadium for a chance at a Division 7 State title.

WORCESTER – All year long, the Blackstone Valley Tech football team has had its eyes set on one thing and one thing only: a return trip to Gillette Stadium to finish some unfinished business.

After falling in the Division 7 Super Bowl a year ago, the Beavers acknowledge that the feeling that night was something that they never wanted to feel again.

Well, thanks to a 35-3 blowout win over Leicester in the Division 7 Central Mass. title game on Saturday morning at Commerce Bank Field at Foley Stadium, BVT is now just one win away from having that opportunity.

J.D. Antaya led the way with an interception return for a touchdown and three rushing touchdowns as the second-seeded Beavers (9-1) clinched a second straight sectional championship. BVT will now face Western Massachusetts champ Wahconah for the second year in a row in the state semifinals next Saturday at Westfield State (time TBA) with a berth in the Super Bowl on the line.

"So proud of our kids," said BVT coach Jim Archibald. "They've worked so hard day in and day out. I tried to give them a day off a few weeks ago and they refused. They said we're coming to practice. It doesn't matter if we're banged up or anything like that. They're such a tough group that will do anything to win.

"If a team wants to take it to the parking lot for a street fight, they don't care. They'll fight you out there, too. In today's day and age, the way kids are kind of coddled, it's just a breath of fresh air to come to work every day with these kids."

The Beavers wasted little time making a statement on Saturday, marching 66-yards on the game's first 11-plays and capping the drive with a 21-yard touchdown run by Aidan Fitzgerald to make the score 6-0, but the ensuing two-point attempt was no good.

The lengthy drive gave Leicester just one possession in the first quarter that ended up extending into the second. The Wolverines ultimately had to settle for a short field goal to cut the lead to 6-3.

The teams traded punts and BVT began its third drive at its own 20 with 3:51 to play until halftime. Seven plays later quarterback Scott MacKay found Jared Loiselle for a 9-yard TD reception and Antaya added a two-point run to make the score 14-3 at the half.

"Getting to Gillette last year gave us that encouragement that we could play with anyone," said MacKay. "We hit the weight room hard in the offseason and everyone has bought in trying to accomplish one goal."

An interception by BVT's John Warren on the first play of the third quarter quickly set MacKay and the offense up at the Leicester 28. Three plays later Antaya rumbled in from 22 yards out to make the score 20-3 following a missed PAT.

Each team had a turnover on downs on their next possessions, and on the first play of the fourth quarter Antaya came up with a 55-yard interception return for a touchdown down the Wolverine sideline and also added another two-point run to make it 28-3 with 9:23 left in the game.

The Beavers capped off a nearly perfect game with a 13-play, 70-yard drive late in the fourth quarter and Antaya added the dagger in the form of a 12-yard TD run while Justin Sauter added the PAT.

"The way last year ended has been great motivation for us," said Antaya. "We wanted to just come out and play our game today and hopefully get another sectional title. We did that and now we still have work to do."

After losing its first game of the season against Millbury, 13-7, the Beavers haven't lost a game. Sept. 8 was a season opening wake-up call, and the Beavers haven't hit the snooze button since, leaving them one win away from a return trip to Gillette.

"I feel like that set the tone for us," added Antaya. "We couldn't just come out thinking we were going to roll every team, we've had to come out and play hard every game this season and it's been that way ever since then."