Wins haven’t been easy to come by for Medford.
In the previous three seasons, the Mustangs have gone 1-29.
They hadn’t won back-to-back games since 2009.
That was, until Friday night.
Quarterback Reggie Thelemaque gashed Revere for three rushing touchdowns while running backs Xavier Gibson and Malik McLaren added scores of their own as Medford moved to 2-0 with a 35-22 home victory over the Patriots.
“I think our seniors this year have done a fantastic job of just taking the program, taking the driver’s seat and running this thing,” said coach Jason Nascimento. “It all started Day 1 in camp. We went away this year [to Camp Winaukee, N.H.]. You could sense a different feeling, especially from our senior class. They took accountability and ownership of the team. They’re the ones running the football and making the blocks. Everyone is buying in and really focused right now.”
Medford, which averaged 7.8 points per game last fall, got the ball rolling in the first quarter on a 12-yard TD scamper by Thelemaque.
The senior added scores of 24 and 30 yards in the second quarter and his defense helped push the Mustangs’ lead to 20-6 at the break.
Medford’s defense carried its stingy play into the third as the Mustangs continued to stump the Patriots offense. Meanwhile, the Mustangs offense piled on as Gibson (26-yard run) and McLaren (43-yard run) catapulted the Medford lead to 35-6.
Lowell 35, Dracut 12 — Brian Dolan (5 TD passes) and Jack Galvin hooked up for three scores, including a 45-yarder in the third quarter, to power the No. 7 Red Raiders.
Methuen 10, Lawrence 7 — Austin George-Williams’s 22-yard field goal in the second quarter was the difference for the Rangers.
Triton 40, Amesbury 7 — Justin Spillane ran for 123 yards and three scores on 18 carries for the Vikings.
North Reading 33, Ipswich 7 — CJ McCarthy rushed for 208 yards and three touchdowns and also passed for a TD as the Hornets cruised past the Tigers.
New Mission 54, South Boston 0 — The visiting Titans picked up their first varsity victory in the program’s two-year history. Steven Thomas rushed for four touchdowns and Chika Nzerem threw two touchdown passes — both to Damon Jean.
Latin Academy 47, West Roxbury 0 — Quarterback Kyle Dance threw for five touchdowns as the Dragons moved to 2-0.
East Boston 18, Boston English 8 — Jets quarterback Vincent Lepore passed for 103 yards and a touchdown and ran for another.
Pope John Paul II 45, Matignon 32 — Sean Reardon ran 7 yards for a TD and returned a fumble 32 yards for another score as the Tigers built a 39-0 halftime lead en route to a win.
Plymouth North 24, Dennis-Yarmouth 7 — Trevor Devlin returned an interception for a score and Colby Randell returned an onside kick for a touchdown to help the Eagles edge the Dolphins.
Attleboro 35, Bishop Feehan 3 — Tim Walsh threw four touchdowns passes — three to Brenden Massey — and ran for another as the Bombardiers defeated in-town rival and 16th-ranked Bishop Feehan.
Taunton 37, New Bedford 20 — Steve Harrison and Domingo Jenkins each scored two touchdowns for the Tigers.
Bishop Connolly 28, Durfee 19 — The Cougars scored 21 third-quarter points on touchdowns from Mike Sullivan, Drew Keyes, and Alex Medeiros.
Silver Lake 31, Malden Catholic 0 — Shayne Rix blocked a punt by the Lancers at the 12-yard line, setting up Jeff Reynolds’s first-quarter TD run as the Lakers rolled.
Chelmsford 29, Westford 22 — Jack Campsmith had 106 yards and a touchdown passing and rushed for a pair of scores. Kicker Charlie Calenda successfully converted his 103d career point-after attempt.
Arlington 28, Somerville 7 — Seth Coiley ran for two scores for the Spy Ponders.
Dartmouth 48, Bishop Stang 0 — Chris Martin rushed for 143 yards and three touchdowns in the Indians’ rout.
Boston Latin 44, North Quincy 30 — Roy Bahnam tossed four TD passes and ran for another score to power the Wolfpack.
Abp. Williams 36, Somerset Berkley 28 — Quarterback Anthony Rioles threw for 158 yards and three touchdowns as the Bishops improved to 2-0.
Cardinal Spellman 50, Bourne 0 — Matt Anastasi (10 carries, 128 yards, 2 TDs) and Chris Toomey (8 carries, 148 yards, TD) led the Cardinals to a win.
Ashland 45, Tri-County 0 — Running back Paul Ferrier led the Clockers’ rushing attack with 112 yards and a touchdown on nine carries.
Chelsea 40, St. Joseph’s Prep 8 — Yvad Rosado ran for two touchdowns for the Red Devils.
Winthrop 20, Saugus 6 — Dylan Driscoll powered the Vikings (1-1) on offense with 75 yards rushing and two touchdowns and on defense with seven tackles and an interception.
Minuteman 44, Nashoba Valley Tech 18 — Senior Zahir Ramsey rushed for three touchdowns and classmate Braeden Kerins added two more on the ground to lead the Mustangs.