LITTLETON -- Opposing defenses have set all types of traps, but Travis Bassett is one Tiger who has proven to be far too elusive to catch this fall.

Bassett, who has been timed at 4.59 seconds in the 40-yard dash, is one of the guys -- quarterback Alex McLaughlin (4.55 in the 40) is the other -- who puts the blur in Littleton High's fast-paced, spread 'em and shred 'em attack which is averaging 40.9 points per game for the 12-0 Tigers.

His combination of speed, agility and durability has enabled the Tigers' 5-foot-10, 155-pound senior running back/slot receiver to emerge as the leading scorer in Central Mass.

Littleton High running back Travis Bassett is a major reason why the Tigers will play for a Super Bowl title Saturday morning. He has rushed for 1,025
Littleton High running back Travis Bassett is a major reason why the Tigers will play for a Super Bowl title Saturday morning. He has rushed for 1,025 yards and scored 29 touchdowns during a memorable senior campaign. SUN/BOB WHITAKER

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with 200 points (29 touchdowns, 13 two-point conversions).

Bassett also makes his presence felt as a cornerback on defense (40 tackles, 2 interceptions).

"Travis is unbelievably fast," said Littleton head coach Mike Lynn. "If you walked by him in the hallway, you probably wouldn't stop and look twice because he isn't 6-foot-2. But he's very, very fast. His start-up speed is what makes him so elusive.

"He has great vision and that helps slow the game down for him. He makes people miss. But what jumps out at you when you watch him play is his speed. You just can't coach speed like he has."

Bassett has been at his big-play best in all the games that mattered this season, and he hopes this trend continues when Littleton faces Cohasset (11-1) in the Division 6 Super Bowl on Saturday at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro at 9 a.m.

"It's my senior year and to go undefeated so far and get a chance to play at Gillette Stadium is an unbelievable feeling," said Bassett. "I'm pretty sure every kid who plays high school football in Massachusetts dreams about playing in Gillette. I'm hoping we can pull out a win. That would make this season so much more special if we could do that."

Bassett has rushed for 1,025 yards and caught 28 passes for 564 yards. He is a big play waiting to happen once he gets his hands on the football.

Thanks in large part to running back Travis Bassett, left, and quarterback Alex McLaughlin, the undefeated and high-powered Littleton High football team
Thanks in large part to running back Travis Bassett, left, and quarterback Alex McLaughlin, the undefeated and high-powered Littleton High football team (12-0) averages 40.9 points per game. SUN/BOB WHITAKER

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"We try to get our playmakers the ball out in space," said Lynn. "We've been able to do that with Travis. Once he gets into the open he's tough to stop."

McLaughlin, the Tigers' record-setting quarterback, and Bassett have been teammates in numerous sports dating back to youth leagues. This dynamic duo has forged a bond that extends beyond the football field.

"We've been teammates since we were eight or nine years old," said McLaughlin, who has rushed for 1,226 yards and 16 TDs, and passed for 1,331 yards and 16 scores. "It's been a cool experience. Travis is electric. He's quick. If we need to run the outside, he beats everybody around the corner. If we need to run on the inside, he's going to make a move and shoot it up for 10 or 15 yards.

"He's a threat wherever he plays. When he lines up at receiver, he can't be covered because he's too fast. He's a good defender, too. We can trust him to make plays all over for us."

Bassett is quick to credit his teammates, especially his offensive linemen, for supplying the juice that enables him to make so many electrifying plays.

"I have to credit my blocking because our line has done an unbelievable job for me this season," said Bassett. "Once I'm able to get past that first line and into the open, I'm able to make some moves and gain some extra yards.

"Our spread offense is perfect for me. It fits me well because I'm pretty fast, and I get the ball a couple different ways and I'm able to make plays. Teams can't key on me because we have so many good players. When I have a game where I'm not as productive as I'd like, Alex or somebody else steps up. We rely on each other to make our offense go."

Bassett also is a starter on Littleton's basketball team, which advanced to the state semifinals last season, and highly-successful baseball team.

The past two seasons, Littleton's football team lost in the opening round of the Central Mass. playoffs. The experience the Tigers gained in those losses helped them take the next step this season.

"Having played in those two playoff games we knew what to expect this time around and it helped us to excel," said Bassett, who scored five touchdowns in Littleton's win over Turners Falls in a Div. 6 state semifinal.

Bassett, a National Honor Society student with a 3.77 grade point average, is being recruited for football by several Division 2 and 3 schools.

"He's an exemplary student-athlete," said Lynn. "Travis has had a tremendous season. His versatility is perfect for the spread. Speed is an attribute you can't coach. You either have it or you don't, and he has it."

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