GROTON -- Friday the 13th is a day when things are not supposed to go your way, but for the Groton-Dunstable Crusaders, it could not have went any better.
On the surface, the evening appeared to have all the making of a defensive showdown. Head coach Derek Asadoorian's Crusaders had othwr plans.
At the end of the half, the two teams were separated by a single point, at 7-6. Something changed in the third quarter, the Groton-Dunstable Crusaders scored three touchdowns to ultimately down the Wildcats 28-6, at Groton-Dunstable Regional High School
"They were playing us man-to-man, and we tried to stretch them out by using the run game more," Asadoorian said. "once we got the run game going, that kind of opened up the pass."
Opened up the pass indeed, as senior quarterback Quentin Forbes threw 6-of-11 for 118 yards and 2 TD's, in his first varsity game under center. On defense, Forbes secured an interception late in the fourth quarter to ice the game.
"I think they handled us very well in the second half," Gardner head coach Walter Dubzinski said. "The turning point of the second half was when they marched right down the field and put another one up on us. Up front, we got outplayed a little bit. I give them all the credit in the world. They (G-D) did a great job."
A botched Gardner punt snap led to a Crusaders' touchdown, when junior wide receiver Drew Moore pounced on the ball in the end zone to put the Crusaders out in front 7-0 with 6:21 remaining in the second quarter.
Gardner's lone touchdown was set-up nicely on a 17-yard dash by senior captain and running back, Jake Shetrawski. Shetrawski marched the ball down towards the goal-line, and short-yardage back, Peter Gallant, did the rest.
Gallant bounced the ball inside and off left tackle for the two-yard score with 21 seconds remaining in the half. Dubzinski called for a fake point-after attempt but it was stopped in the backfield. Junior quarterback Matthew Seward rolled out to the left in an offset formation, and was met by a host of Groton-Dunstable defenders. It was a tight one heading into the second half, but not for long.
In just two plays, Groton-Dunstable marched across the goalline early in the third quarter. Forbes rolled out to his left and scampered 25 yards to pay-dirt to put the Crusaders up 14-6, 29 seconds into the half.
Eight minutes later, Groton-Dunstable struck again. This time Forbes rolled out to his right and placed a perfectly timed bullet to Drew Moore for a 19-yard touchdown strike. Stewart elevated nicely, secured the ball and he dotted the I, to extend Groton-Dunstable's lead to 21-6.
At the end of the quarter, Forbes hooked up with junior Drew Moore for a 32-yard bomb down the right sideline to put the game well out of reach for the Wildcats.
"I thought (Zackary) MacAllister and Devon Williams did a nice job," Dubzinski said. "We had some flashes of nice things, but not enough. We were not consistent. We hurt ourselves with a couple of bad miscues that they capitalized on. Good teams do that."