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Saturday’s football roundup

Concord-Carlisle remains perfect (8-0) in D3 North quarterfinal win over Beverly

Concord-Carlisle senior Cam Ladd (22), who had a pair of late interceptions, also got his hands on this catch after getting a step on Beverly’s Marge Mulumba (1).
Concord-Carlisle senior Cam Ladd (22), who had a pair of late interceptions, also got his hands on this catch after getting a step on Beverly’s Marge Mulumba (1).Nic Antaya for the Globe

Looking to expand its touchdown lead in the second quarter, the Concord-Carlisle football team committed a costly turnover when Beverly’s Jaichaun Stanton-Jones came up with an interception off a tipped pass.

The Panthers took over in excellent field position at the Patriot 38, advancing all the way to the 3 before Max Hamel sniffed out a fourth-and-goal jet sweep to force a turnover on downs. It would be sixth-seeded Beverly’s final trip to the red zone as third-seeded Concord-Carlisle forced three turnovers in a 28-0 home victory to advance in the Division 3 North tournament while staying perfect on the season (8-0).

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“That stand was huge,” said C-C coach Mike Robichaud, whose team next will travel to No. 2 seed Tewksbury, a 31-28 winner over Lynn English, for a semifinal showdown on Saturday at 1 p.m. “Any momentum can shift the whole thing.”

Cam Ladd had interceptions on consecutive series in last-gasp bids by the Panthers (4-4) in the fourth quarter, while Christian Gemelli converted a first-half pick into a Patriots score. Gemelli, who also stars at quarterback, completed a 5-yard TD pass to Tim Hays on fourth and goal with 3:52 left in the second quarter for a 14-0 halftime lead.

Concord-Carlisle sophomore Tim Hays (42) carries the ball into the end zone after scoring on a 5-yard TD pass from QB Christian Gemelli for a 14-0 halftime lead in Saturday’s 28-0 shutout D3 North win over Beverly.
Concord-Carlisle sophomore Tim Hays (42) carries the ball into the end zone after scoring on a 5-yard TD pass from QB Christian Gemelli for a 14-0 halftime lead in Saturday’s 28-0 shutout D3 North win over Beverly.Nic Antaya for the Globe

Gemelli had a pair of short touchdown runs in the second half, connected on all four of his extra points, and uncorked a 58-yard punt for the Patriots.

Jordan Corbett, who led the Patriots with 80 rushing yards, scored on a 6-yard run on C-C’s opening possession to give the Patriots all the points they would need.

It was the first shutout of the season for C-C, which had been allowing 18.2 points per game.

“Our defense has been solid all year,” Robichaud said, crediting coordinator Tom Dalicandro. “We haven’t been completely [on] lockdown, but it was our best defensive game today, for sure.”

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Beverly’s junior QB Anthony Pasquarosa (16) tries to get rid of the ball under heavy pressure from Concord-Carlisle junior Olijah Williams (87) during the fourth quarter of Saturday’s D3 North quarterfinal.
Beverly’s junior QB Anthony Pasquarosa (16) tries to get rid of the ball under heavy pressure from Concord-Carlisle junior Olijah Williams (87) during the fourth quarter of Saturday’s D3 North quarterfinal.Nic Antaya for the Globe

Division 1 North

Andover 40, Methuen 12 — Joshua Ramos spotted the Golden Warriors (6-2) a 20-0 lead with first-quarter touchdown runs of 43, 86, and 2 yards then hauled in a 23-yard TD pass from Scott Brown, one of three scoring tosses Andover’s QB had in the second quarter, to expand their lead to 40-0 at halftime of their Div. 1 North quarterfinal win over Methuen (4-4).

Central Catholic 42, Lexington 7 — Quarterback Ayden Pereira threw all four of his touchdown passes in the first half as the Raiders (7-1) sprinted to a 42-0 halftime lead in their quarterfinal win over the Minutemen (2-6). Four different Raiders caught a touchdown pass. Mark Kassis broke off a 50-yard TD run to cap the big first half.

Division 2 North

Lincoln-Sudbury 34, Waltham 0 — The Warriors received a huge boost from their special teams unit, with Nolan O’Brien returning two punts for touchdowns of 82 and 53 yards. Second-seeded Lincoln-Sudbury (6-2) will host No. 3 Masconomet (6-2) in the semifinals.

Masconomet 27, Newton South 15 — Jack Corcoran scored a touchdown while rushing 79 yards and completing two receptions for 42 yards as the Chieftains rolled.

Division 4 North

Wayland 27, Wakefield 14 — Mason Bolivar tossed a pair of touchdowns and ran for two more as Wayland (6-1) trounced Wakefield to advance to a semifinal matchup against Revere (8-0) on Friday.

Division 5 North

Amesbury 39, Bedford 21 — The seventh-seeded Indians (3-5) pulled off a road upset over the second-seeded Buccaneers (7-1) to advance to the semifinals against Lynnfield.

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Division 7 North

Manchester Essex 30, Georgetown 7 — The Hornets (6-1) were propelled in their quarterfinal win over the Royals (4-4) by a big fourth quarter from quarterback AJ Palazolla who connected with receiver Tristan Nowak on a 40-yard touchdown for a 23-7 lead, and added an insurance TD on a 100-yard pick-6.

Gavin Glass led the Hornets’ offense through the first three quarters, with TD runs of 2 and 6 yards.

Division 8 North

KIPP Academy 35, Charlestown 6 — Running back Daniel Oluwasuyi needed just six carries to gain 150 total yards and find the end zone twice as the Panthers (6-2) cruised to a quarterfinal victory over the Townies (2-5). Quarterback Piero Canales threw two touchdowns of 30 and 15 yards.

Division 2 South

Wellesley 42, New Bedford 20 — Led by Matt Maiona (3 passing TDs, 1 rushing TD), Holt Fletcher (9 tackles, 4 for a loss), and Carl Callahan (1 pick-six, 2 INTs total), the host Raiders (7-1) proved too much for the Whalers.

Division 4 South

Silver Lake 35, Norwood 14 — Matt Gabra made plays on both sides of the ball for the Lakers (4-4) as he ran for two touchdowns and brought back an interception 30 yards for a touchdown in their quarterfinal win over the Mustangs (3-5).

Quarterback Ben Lofstrom threw a 4-yard touchdown pass and ran for a 1-yard score.

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Division 5 South

Holliston 40, Medfield 6 — The Panthers (7-1) used a well-rounded effort to roll up a 40-0 halftime lead on TD runs by six different players against the Warriors (4-4) and advance to the semifinals against Somerset Berkley.

Division 6 South

Norwell 14, Cardinal Spellman 7 — The Clippers (5-3) handed the Cardinals (7-1) their first loss of the season thanks to a pair of 4-yard touchdown runs by Brian Garrity and advanced to the semifinals against Old Rochester.

Old Rochester 35, Apponequet 17 — A 21-point fourth quarter helped propel the Bulldogs (7-1) to a quarterfinal win over the Lakers (5-3). Quarterback Ryan Thomas threw three touchdowns, including two separate 30-yard touchdown passes in the fourth. Running backs Dylan DeWolfe and Camden Brezinski each found the end zone on the ground from 35 and 5 yards, respectively.

Non-tournament games

Dover-Sherborn 42, Middleborough 41 — Quarterback Kirby Ryan found John Bennett with a winning 5-yard touchdown pass with 1:50 left to play, capping a 27-point comeback in the second half for the Raiders (5-3). Dover-Sherborn relied upon its passing attack to explode for 35 points in the second half, with four different receivers catching a second-half score. Ryan finished 34-of-45 passing with 392 yards and six touchdown passes. The wide receiver trio of Grady Russo, Luke Fielding, and Charlie Alfieri combined for 350 yards on 24 catches.

Hamilton-Wenham 35, Winthrop 7 — The Generals (3-5) were led by dual-threat quarterback Ian Coffey who completed 13 of 17 pass attempts for 288 yards and four touchdowns, while also rushing 14 times for 159 yards and a 2-yard TD. Ryan Monahan was on the receiving end of three of Coffey’s TD passes with scoring catches of 34, 19, and 15 yards.

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