– Allison Goldsberry
The Medford Mustang football team earned a decisive 26-8 win over Winthrop on Friday on the turf at Hormel Stadium.
Corey Stinson launched Medford’s offense with a 45-yard run that brought the Mustangs into the red zone. Ryan Burke ran 55 yards for a touchdown and Jacob Morey landed on a fumbled ball in the end zone after a 40-yard run by Matt Aredes.
Quarterback Joel Disla ran in a 15-yard touchdown and connected with Keith Barrasso for close to a 45-yard pass to score.
“We had a great night from our offensive line,” said Coach Jason Nascimento.
Peterson D’Aout “had an awesome game” on offense, defense, and special teams. Several Mustangs contributed to a solid defense, including Wemerson Pessoa, Tevin Cadet, Dave Antoine, and Morey. Tommy Tran made several key defensive plays while Weekendson Richard’s well-timed tackles continually forced Winthrop to punt.
“It was a great win and a great way to bounce back from a tough week one loss,” said Coach Nascimento. “We were glad to see the kids respond and we have a tough opponent next week at Danvers.”
This season is Medford’s first competing in the Northeastern Conference for football. Medford and other former Greater Boston League teams joined the NEC last spring.
“The NEC has always had some great teams,” said Coach Nascimento. “There is some serious competition and every week is like a playoff game. We definitely have our hands full and will need our best effort each week to compete.”
Medford is on the road against Danvers on Saturday, September 23 for a 1 pm game before returning home to face Somerville at home on September 29. The only other home game scheduled so far is the historic Thanksgiving Day game with Malden. The Mustangs will likely draw at least one home game once the playoff games are scheduled later in the season.
Photo of Medford vs Revere at home last season taken by Carly Roy