By Chris Paul
The Londonderry High School Football team will head into the final game of the regular season boasting a 7-1 record after easily taking care of the Alvirne Broncos in a 40-point shutout.
The Lancers squad traveled to Hudson on Friday night, where they dominated the now 4-4 Broncos in a rather one-sided contest.
Londonderry put up 351-yards on offense, 114-yards in the air, and 237 on the ground.
The defense had another stellar game, shutting down the AHS offense and giving up just 38-yards and allowing only one third down conversion. They also recorded 29-sacks, Cam Brutus led the team with five solo sacks.
On offense, senior running-back, Jake Schena, carried the ball for 100-yards, his longest run of the night was for 48-yards.
Leading in catches, senior Connor Truesdale had two receptions, for a total of 47-yards, and junior Ethan Wheeler made one for 39-yards.
Junior quarterback, Sam Ogden, had four completions for 55-yards in the air.
After a fairly lengthy Senior Night celebration for the Broncos, the game began with what could be the home team’s biggest play of the game. Londonderry’s first drive, after the opening kickoff, resulted in Alvirne taking advantage of an errant throw by LHS QB, Conor William, for the games first interception.
The turnover wound up being harmless, with LHS forcing a three-and-out and leading to Londonderry’s first touchdown of the evening.
The Lancers second possession led to seven plays and 57-rushing-yards finishing with Brutus running five-yards into the end-zone. Junior kicker, Blake Thompson, added the extra-point for a 7-0 lead at 5:29 in the first.
In the team’s third possession, Ogden and Schena combined for a three-yard run for the second touchdown of the game. Thompson added the point after, giving Londonderry a 14-0 lead to start the second quarter.
Londonderry had three more drives ending in touchdowns in the second quarter.
Brutus, in at quarterback, had a seven-yard pass completion to Mason Paquette for the third touchdown of the evening.
Ogden added another seven-yard pass completion, this one to Conner Truesdale, who was waiting in the endzone for the reception and the 28-0 lead at 3:22 in the second.
The final scoring drive of the first half ended with seconds left on the clock and junior QB, Alex Villa, handing the ball off to junior Carson Palma at the 12-yard line, who carried the ball to the end-zone.
Thompson missed on his fifth attempt of the night, but the Lancers headed off the field for the halftime break leading 34-0.
In the second half, the Lancer eased up on offense, scoring once in the fourth quarter.
Freshman quarterback, Sully Daron, handed off the ball to junior Caiden Malek for a 31-yard carry to the endzone, giving LHS a 40-0 victory.
The team will finish the regular season on Friday night, at 7 p.m., at home with a Senior Night game against the 6-2 Salem Blue Devils.