Shrewsbury 28, Westboro 17: No. 2 Colonials convene on highway to exist Rangers

WESTBORO — Second-ranked Shrewsbury survived a shock after trailing a whole initial half opposite on Friday in Westboro’s final home night diversion of a season.

The Colonials scored a final 3 touchdowns and close out a Rangers in a second half to emerge with a 28-17 victory.

“Westboro came out strong, and they’re a well-coached squad,” Shrewsbury manager John Aloisi said. “I consider it showed a kids’ mental toughness entrance behind on a highway in this environment.”

Junior Jonathan White ran in touchdowns of 16 and 6 yards, and comparison Chris Campbell had a span of 2-yard TD jaunts as a Colonials scored dual touchdowns any in a second and third quarters.

“We knew Westboro was a good group entrance in,” White said. “We got down early, yet we only attempted to stay up, keep a power up, and we knew we could come out with a win.”

Shrewsbury (6-1) heads home to third-ranked and undefeated Nashoba subsequent Friday, and a Rangers (3-4) horde No. 5 Wachusett during 2 p.m. Saturday, with both sides fighting for their playoff lives.

Westboro marched into a red section in a opening quarter, yet couldn’t find a finish zone. However, Mac Bradley converted a 26-yard margin idea to send a hosts in front with 3:47 left in a initial quarter.

The Rangers pinned Shrewsbury behind during a 15 and afterwards strike Colonials quarterback Drew Campanale as he threw on a initial play of a drive, ensuing in a rootless pass that Martin Moran picked off.

Three plays later, Michael Keogh took a brush left and went by a horde of Colonials defenders during a pylon for a 6-yard touchdown run to send Westboro to an early 10-0 lead late in a initial quarter.

“They got us early,” Aloisi said. “They took it to us.”

Campbell took it in from 2 yards on a initial play of a second entertain to cut it to a 10-7 Westboro lead after Phil Smyrnios’ point-after kick.

The Rangers responded, though, as Peter Lamountain aired it out to Sam Lis for a 35-yard gain, afterwards went behind to a comparison wideout 3 plays later. Lis undercut a Shrewsbury cornerback to obstacle a 25-yard touchdown and pull a lead behind to 17-7 with 8:38 remaining in a initial half.

White went off left tackle and found a hole true forward for a 16-yard touchdown run with 1:41 left in a second entertain to pierce a measure behind to 17-14 during a intermission.

“We’ve got beasts adult front,” White said. “They’re a many underrated line around. They strike tough and make large holes, and it’s easy to run out there.”

Campanale strike Nate Hautala for a 15-yard benefit on fourth-and-long from a corner of a red section to extend a opening expostulate of a second half. On a subsequent play, White went left again for his second touchdown, a 6-yard score, to give Shrewsbury a initial lead, 20-17, with 6:40 left in a third quarter.

The Colonials’ Ryan Turner picked off Lamountain on a Westboro’s subsequent drive, returning it 25 yards, and afterwards a personal tainted on a Rangers changed Shrewsbury to a 31-yard line.

Shrewsbury converted again as Campbell took it in from a idea line for a second time as a Colonials took a 28-17 advantage with 2:02 left in a third quarter.

“We played a small worse in a second half,” Aloisi said. “We were personification a small faster, we were personification a keys better, and a fundamentals improved in a second half.”

Westboro ran it 12 true times on a subsequent possession, blazing down a time to 5:02 remaining, yet this time, Bradley couldn’t separate a uprights on a 30-yard margin idea try.

Campanale connected with Campbell on a 42-yard explosve along a left sideline to pierce a Colonials into a red zone, and they ran out a time from there to reason on for a victory.

—Contact Carl Setterlund during Follow him on Twitter @tgsports.

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