The Chelsea High football team dropped a 44-8 decision to a strong North Shore Tech squad Friday evening under the lights at Chelsea Stadium.
North Shore struck early and often en route to building a 30-0 lead at the half. Tech received the opening kickoff and needed just five plays to reach the CHS end zone.
The Red Devils got a nice drive going on the ensuing possession, but was forced to punt. Tech took over at its own 35 and moved the 65 yards in eight plays to make it 14-0 at the end of the first quarter.
Things went from bad to worse in the second quarter for Chelsea, as a pair of Red Devil turnovers, a fumble and an interception, led to two more scores for North Shore, leaving matters at 30-0 at the intermission.
Another CHS turnover, a fumble, at the start of the second half set up North Shore at the CHS 30, with the result another TD for Tech.
The Red Devils got on the scoreboard in the final frame on a five yard run to paydirt by sophomore running back Sammy Rivera and a pass from senior quarterback Steven Dwyer to Adrial Rodriguez for the two point conversion.
Earning plaudits from CHS head coach Mike Stellato for their play on offense were junior running back Jose Martinez and Rivera. Defensively, the coach lauded Nelson Vega and Quintavius Smith.
The Red Devils will conclude their 2012 campaign against Matignon on Thanksgiving Day. Kick off time at Chelsea Stadium is 10:15.
Cross country teams compete in CAC Meet
The Chelsea High boys and girls cross country teams competed in the recent Commonwealth Athletic Conference All-League Meet.
On the boys’ side, the Red Devils came home with 119 points to finish in fourth place behind Greater Lawrence, Gr. Lowell, and Shawsheen Tech. Senior captain Chester Rath captured All-Conference for the Red Devils by finishing 12th (top 15 earn All-Conference) overall. Sophomore Faisal Nasimi was 20th, while Joseph Arroyo was 28th overall. Tony Nguyen was right behind in 29th with Luis Romero (30th), Jay Pedrero (31st), and Jeffrey Estrada (35th) next in line for the Red Devils.
“We preach running together as a group and we did that, but we had three teams that had faster individuals and a deeper team,” said CHS head coach Don Fay. “The first 11 individuals were all Gr. Lawrence, Gr. Lowell, and Shawsheen Tech. We had a decent year (7-3 in dual meets), but we see where we stand and to become better we are going to have to run more during the summer, increase our long runs, and become mentally stronger.
“Chester ran a very strong league meet,” added Fay. “He went out with the leaders and maintained contact throughout the race to earn All-Conference.”
At the State Meet last Saturday in Wrentham, the boys finished 19th in the Division 2 state meet. Chester Rath led the way, running 18:49 for the 3.1 mile course. Faisal Nasimi was right behind in 19:00 while Tony Nguyen finished in 19:08. Senior captain Joseph Arroyo ran 19:41 and Jay Pedrero ran 19:55 to complete the scoring for the Red Devils.
The CHS girls finished sixth in the league with a total of 151 points. However, the Lady Red Devils were only 29 places behind second place Whittier, which had 122 points. Notre Dame of Tyngsborough dominated the meet, scoring only 25 points to win.
Senior captain Tatyana Almedia finished seventh overall, earning All-Conference for the second straight year. Neris Yanes was 28th overall followed by Katherine Villagran (37th) and Christina Fernandez (38th). Wendy Becera was the fifth Chelsea girl in 41st place. Daisy Mejia in 55th and Yessenia Motta in 63rd were the final two Chelsea scorers.
“We improved as the season went on and Tatyana had her best race of the year by far,” said Fay. “We had a tough time having everybody healthy and running well at the same time. Hopefully our summer training will be more consistent next summer and we will be able to start off stronger next year and be more consistent.”
Chelsea brought only four girls to the state meet so they did not qualify for a team score. Tatyana Almedia was 93rd overall, running 23:30. Neris Yanes was just over 25 minutes, running a 25:03. Patty Guardado clocked in at 25:44 and Christina Fernandez came home in 26:21 for the Lady Red Devils.