Westford Academy and Peabody will take out their frustrations of not being part of the postseason football tournament on each other.
Kickoff is Friday at 7 p.m. at Peabody.
The Tanners (3-4) are coming off of a 20-9 victory against Beverly.
Meanwhile, Newton South’s balanced offensive attack produced four touchdowns, while the visiting Lions held Westford Academy below 200 yards of total offense to earn a 28-14 Dual County League victory Oct. 20.
Still, Westford was in the game with two minutes to play.
At the 3:58 mark, after Westford’s defense held on a fourth-and-goal from the WA 9-yard line, the Grey Ghosts had a first-and-goal from the Newton South 9-yard line, hoping for a quick score and a recovery of an on-sides kick.
Twice Westford (2-5, 1-3 DCL) quarterback Cam Barisano connected with open receivers, only to see Lion defensive backs reach in to strip away the ball.
Eventually, Newton South (6-1) held and ran out the clock. Barisano completed 11-of-25 passes for 103 yards.
"It was a tough one," Westford coach Pat Gendron said. "We’ve been hanging in there all year."
Newton South didn’t dominate the line of scrimmage, but had consistent success. Lion runners Raewon Washington (119 yards) and Aiden Lopci (79 yards) each scored touchdowns of 28 and 38 yards, respectively.
Meanwhile, Newton South quarterback Luke Cloud connected on 13-of-24 passes for 165 yards and one lovely rainbow that receiver Lucas Lopes caught in stride for a 32-yard scoring strike that put the Lions in front, 28-14, with 6:57 to play.
Cloud also scored on a 2-yard plunge with 7:07 remaining in the third quarter that gave Newton South a 21-14 lead, capping a 12-play, 59-yard drive that answered a game-tying score by Westford.
Newton South led, 14-7, at the half and received the opening kick of the third quarter. But the Lions fumbled two plays in and the Grey Ghosts recovered on the Lions’ 11.
Two plays later, Tyler Blagg went around the left end to tie the game.
It was the second time Westford would tie the game.
Newton South struck first on a three-play drive highlighted by runs of 20 and 28 by Washington. Westford answered with an eight-play scoring march of 71 yards.
Trevor Faretra, who rushed 17 times for 59 yards, carried five times on the drive. The final 23 yards was covered by Tyler Bella, who broke several tackles on the way to the end zone with 4:38 to play in the opening period.