Big win puts East Bridgewater High football team on track for 2022

EAST BRIDGEWATER – Not many high school linebackers are built like Nathan Anderson (5-11, 200 pounds) and Sean Carter (6-2, 260).

Physically imposing, the duo packed ball carriers and completed plays from close range throughout West Bridgewater High’s football team’s opening week game of the 2022 season against East Bridgewater on Friday.

So, in the second matchup between the crosstown rivals since 1980, the East Bridgewater coaching staff had to make an adjustment.

“We started running from them,” EB head coach Tim Graham said with a laugh. “Good plan: Run away from your best defensive guys. I think that was the key to everything.”

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Not only did he release running back tandem Gavin McLoud and Chris Oman for a combined 175 rushing yards, but East Bridgewater prevailed, 18-14, to notch their first win of the new year, an emphatic statement made after the team won 2- 9 campaign a season ago.

East Bridgewater's Gavin McLoud, center, scores a touchdown during a game against West Bridgewater on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2022.

McLoud charged for the go-ahead touchdown from eight yards to put EB ahead with 5:07 to go. He finished off an 80-yard drive that lasted 4 minutes and 24 seconds.

“Especially as a junior who stepped into the shoes of (last year’s starter) Aidan Purcell, he did a great job,” praised senior co-captain Gage Williams. “I feel like he definitely carried this team on his back. We needed points and he just stepped up and made the plays we needed.”

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