SHREWSBURY, Mass. — The weather was bright and brisk Saturday, a perfect autumn day for Shrewsbury High School's Homecoming Day football game, and the Colonials did nothing to spoil the atmosphere.
Shrewsbury turned a close game at the half into a one-sided affair in the second half, rolling up a 21-3 lead before closing things out with a 21-10 victory over Westborough.
The win gave Shrewsbury a 5-1 record, while Westborough fell to 0-6.
Shrewsbury's head coach Terry Walles was humble about his team's victory.
"My hat goes off to Westborough. I told the kids they were going to play well, and they played great," he said. "We'll take the win ... but we gotta get better on offense."
Neither team looked sharp in the scoreless first quarter. Westborough quarterback Dan Orlando had a pass intercepted by Shrewsbury's Zach Dionis. Later, a Colonials fumble in Westborough's end zone was recovered by the Rangers.
Dionis scored a touchdown on a 13-yard run in the second quarter to put the host club on top. About four minutes later, the Rangers' Jack Chumba kicked a field goal and the half ended with the Colonials up, 7-3.
The Colonials widened their lead to 14-3 in the third quarter, when Nicholas Diliberto ran for a touchdown.
In the fourth quarter, Shrewbury's Trevin Kelley scored a touchdown to make it 21-3. Then, with five seconds left in the game, Westborough's Orlando scored the Rangers' only touchdown. The PAT kick was good to close out the scoring and the game.
Shrewsbury takes on Wachusett (4-2) at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, in Holden. Westborough hosts unbeaten Nashoba Regional (6-0) at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20.