BILLERICA — Shawsheen Tech’s football team improved to a perfect 3-0 in Thanksgiving Day games against Arlington Catholic and moved its overall record to 12-0 with a 42-19 win against AC on Thursday.
Shawsheen’s next and final stop is next Friday’s Div. 5 state championship Super Bowl against North Reading at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro.
Up 14-13 halfway through the second quarter, Shawsheen would score 28 unanswered points to pull away from the Cougars, who finished the season at 3-8 overall.
After AC cut the lead to one, Shawsheen made it 21-13 when sophomore quarterback Sid Tildsley of Billerica connected with junior Ryan Copson of Wilmington for a 10-yard touchdown pass with 4:23 left in the half. The extra point was added by sophomore Jack Finn of Billerica.
Just 1:12 before intermission, the Rams scored again when Tildsley found senior Mavrick Bourdeau of Billerica for a 19-yard scoring strike to push the lead to 28-13.
A 6-yard run by Tildsley was the only scoring of the third quarter and the Rams added more points in the fourth when sophomore Zach Timmons of Wilmington scored on a 7-yard run with 8:33 left. Finn booted his seventh extra point of the game.
The Cougars scored their second touchdown in the final minute of the game when senior Thomas Driscoll scored on a 12-yard run.
Shawsheen took a 14-0 lead on two first-quarter touchdown runs by junior Caleb Caceres of Billerica, who had scores from 17 and 3 yards out.
On the first play of the second quarter, Driscoll hit senior Malikai McClure with a 23-yard touchdown pass and Driscoll added the extra point to cut the lead in half.
AC nearly tied it later in the quarter as Driscoll scored on a 26-yard run. The extra point was blocked, keeping Shawsheen ahead with 7:23 to go in the half.
The Rams followed with two crucial scores before halftime.