By Chris Paul
The Londonderry High School Football team traveled to Merrimack High School on Friday night for their first game of the 2021 fall season and completely dominated the Tomahawks at their home opener by a score of 35-6.
It took just over six minutes for the Lancers to hit pay dirt that night, it was on their second drive of the game.
The LHS defense did an outstanding job of holding MHS in their first drive and forcing them into a quick punt giving the Londonderry squad excellent field posecession for it first drive of the season.
Lancer senior Hayden Austin busted out a 40-yard carry for the first touchdown of the game, setting the tone for how the rest of the game would go for the Tomahawks.
The second Merrimack drive had a similarly poor result, ending on the 40-yard-line. A short punt gave LHS the ball at 50-yard-line and the Lancers were off to another very promising drive.
Unfortunitely that drive ended in with a fumble at the five-yard-line after an long completion thrown by senior quarterback Aiden Washington to senior Colby Ramshaw.
The ball was recover by Merrimack and they started their next drive at the five-yard-line.
A long pass completion by the Tomahawks brought the hometown fans to life, but their optimism was short-lived, as the pass was negated by a holding penalty.
Merrimack was once again forced to punt the ball, allowing the Lancer offence to start at the MHS 30-yard-line after just barely getting their punt off out of the end zone.
That drive ended with a third down completion to Ramshaw in the end zone from two yards out at the nine-minute mark of the second quarter.
In the next Lancer possecession, Merrimack jumped off-sides twice allowing the Lancers to march down field ending with a quarterback keeper by Washington run in for a three-yard touch down.
One minute later, with 2:33 left in the half, Washington had a 51-yard completion to Andrew Kullman for the Lancers fourth touchdown of the game.
The half ended with Londonderry enjoying a 28-0 lead.
The final Lancer touchdown of the evening went to Washington at 8:29 in the third quarter with a three-yard running play.
Londonderry kicker Dylan Wrisley was good for all his extra point attempts except the last one giving Londonderry a 35-0 lead headed into the fourth.
Merrimack got its only points of the game in that quarter with a six-yard run by the quarterback.
The Lancers had 340 yards of total offense in the game to Merrimacks 162.
Londonderry is scheduled to host Nashua South High School for their first home game of the season on Friday night, Sept. 10, starting at 7 p.m.
According to the Londonderry Lancers Gridiron the first home game will be “Jake Naar Night” and fans are encouraged to wear white t-shirts.