Haverhill traveled again — for the seventh time this season — to face the Lancers of Lawrence Friday night.
Similar commute. Similar result for the Hillies, as Haverhill fell 35-6 to the Lancers. The loss dropped Haverhill to 0-8 and extended the team's losing streak to 28 games.
After rushing for -4 yards against Billerica last week, the Hillies' rushing attack returned, as the team ran 23 times for 90 yards — just under 4 yards per carry — their best yard-per-carry average since their opening day matchup against Malden.
Leading the rushing was junior Connor Tufts, who rushed four times for 26 yards, while also contributing eight tackles and two passes defensed as a defensive end.
"He will be a force to be reckoned with as a senior," said Hillies Head Coach Tim O'Connor.
Leading the offensive line and opening rushing gaps for Tufts and leading rusher Malcolm Novello, who contributed 57 yards on the ground on 11 carries and one touchdown, was sophomore offensive tackle Dan Burrows.
The 6-foot-4, 250-pound tackle returned from injury three weeks ago and has quickly adapted to the offensive schemes the new coaching staff has implemented.
"Dan anchored the line," O'Connor said. "(He) is taking a leadership role already as a sophomore."
Junior wide receiver Nick Defusco led the Hillies' receiving corps, with three catches for 34 yards.
Haverhill, which has now been outscored 269-26 in its eight games, will face the Redmen of Tewksbury on Saturday at 2:30 p.m.
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