The Metrowest Colonials football team scored their first win since joining in the elite AAA divisionof the New England Football League, shutting out the New Bedford Clippers, 24-0 on a soggy Kelleher Field Saturday night.
Before a home crowd of about 150 and after a half hour delay caused by heavy rains and thunderstorms, the Colonials evened their record for the season at 1-1 with the shutout. The season continues with another home game Saturday against the Hanover Chiefs.
"We lost to the Clippers twice last year so beating them tells us we are moving in the right direction," said head coach Keith Noonan. "Pitching a shutout is so difficult to do these days, especially against a team like the Clippers with a strong quarterback."
Middle linebacker Tyrell Robinson, who had a fumble recovery for a touchdown, Jeff Hoglund, who had a sack and three pressures; right cornerback Dante Rogers, who forced a fumble and made an interception and defensive end Moses Brisson.
On offense, quarrterback Nick Ferrera spread the ball around to six different receivers, including Brandon Lovelace and Steve Sanders, who each made big catches in the contest. Ball carriers Bill Crisafulli, Adam Ryan and Bobby Robinson helped keep the Clippers defense on the field through much of the contest.
As impressed as he was by his team's on-field play, Noonan was equally proud of the profesionalism the team showed on the sidelines.
"We have several people comment to us that it was a different amd more professional atmopshere," he said. "We want it to be a place where everyone can come and see some great football."