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Hamilton-Wenham Girls and Newburyport Boys Win 2011 Cape Ann League Cross Country Championships

Kerry Phelan (HW) first

Alex Sullivan (North Andover) first

(Topsfield) In a world with few certainties, the Hamilton-Wenham girls cross country team is the exception……..they show up and they win.  They have now put in seven consecutive unbeaten Cape Ann League seasons after winning the Cape Ann League Cross Country Championships at chilly/rainy Bradley Palmer State Park on Saturday afternoon.

The undefeated Newburyport boys saved their best race of the season for this race as they placed four runners in the top six finishers and handily dispatched second-place Masconomet by 26 points.

Rebecca Morse (666), Sarah Kieran (163) and Kerry Phelan (113)

Individually, the girls race for the top spot looked a lot like last year minus Alison Lanois (she’s now a freshman at Dartmouth).  Rebecca Morse (2nd last year), Sarah Kiernan (3rd last year), and Kerry Phelan (4th last year) ran together ahead of the field with the final outcome in serious doubt.

You get four looks at the runners.  Somewhere between the 3rd and 4th look, Kerry made her move to finish first at 18:46.  Kerry was 15th in 2010 and improved her time by nearly 1 ½ minutes.

The race for second was settled on the mini-Heartbreak Hill just before the finish line as Mackenzie Shelgren ran down Sarah Keiran.  Mackenzie was well off the three leaders for much of the race.

Rebecca Morse struggled in at 4th after losing only one race (to Sarah Kieran) all season.

Freshman Emily Weigand of HW rounded out the top five.

The HW girls winning total was 34 with finishes of 1st (Kerry Phelan), 5th (Emily Weigand), 7th (Claire Pacione), 10th (Meg Blatchford), and 11th (Emily Horgan).

The Masco girls ended up 2nd with 76 points while Pentucket was 3rd with 97 points.

battle for 2nd early on

Individually on the boys side, it was Alex Sullivan, of North Andover, and the battle for second.  Undefeated all season, Alex took the lead early and won by fifteen seconds (16:23).  Alex improved twelve spots over his 13th place finish in 2010.

The Newburyport trio of Keith Conway, Chris Suprin, and Nick Carleo battled among themselves for second and in the process put a damper on any thought 9-1 Masconomet might have had of a team upset. The Clipper threesome finished in that order in front of 5th place Marco Caserta of Masco.

Another Clipper, Joe Santo (6th) outran two other Masco runners (James Polakiewicz – 7th & Jake Moorman – 8th).  When Chris Orlando arrived in 12th the deal was settled for Newburyport with 27 points.

Max Vye led Newburyport to victory in the the JV boys event.

Hamilton-Wenham took home first in the JV girls division.

The next two weekends have high school cross country events at Franklin Park including the state meet in two weeks.  I might have to go to the state meet to see if the HW girls can collect a title.

This site has complete results from the 2011 Cape Ann League cross country championship.

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Keith Conway 2nd

Chris Suprin (492) 3rd & Nick Carleo 4th

Marco Caserta (292) 5th & Joe Santo (488) 6th

Mackenzie Shelgren catches Sarah Kieran (163) for 2nd

Rebecca Morse 4th

Emily Weigand 5th

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Sophomores Lead Newburyport Past Amesbury 2-0 in Girls Soccer on Senior Night

Carly Brand (11) and Maryam Moshrefi (21) gang up on Erin Leary (13). Both Clipper sophomores scored goals.

(Newburyport) Newburyport defeated Amesbury, 2-0, in girls soccer on Friday afternoon at chilly World War Stadium.

Clipper seniors with families.

It was Senior Night and seven Clippers were honored before the game started.

Newburyport (13-2-2) has excellent seniors but in this one it was the sophomores who came up big.

In goal, sophomore Lilly Donovan collected her ninth shutout of the season.  She wasn’t tested nearly as severely as Amesbury goalie Sarah Abraham was but she made the saves when she had to.

Carly Brand (11) has just redirected a Hannah Martin direct kick past Amesbury goalie Sarah Abraham.

Sophomore Carly Brand scored Newburyport’s first goal (24:55) when from in front she slightly altered the direction of teammate Hannah Martin’s direct kick past Sarah Abraham.

Later, Carly broke down the middle and spotted, another sophomore, teammate Maryam Moshrefi, open on the right wing.  A quick pass gave Maryam space and time to line up and fire a blast from the right that sailed over the AHS goalie’s head.

Both those scores came in the first half.  The one that really did in the Indians was the Maryam’s goal (39:10) which went in with less than a minute until halftime.  A one-goal game and anything can happen.  Two goals and a team has to sustain some offense.  On this day, Amesbury (8-5-4) was content to try for the home-run play and just couldn’t get a long pass to connect.  Amesbury’s best scoring chances were in the first half.  Janine Fatal drilled a shot from the middle over the top of the net and 5 ½ minutes later Hannah Zannini picked up a Lilly Donovan drop but couldn’t finish with a shot on net.

Hannah Martin (15) threatens with header.

The Clippers had good chances in both halves.  Two of the better ones were Hannah Martin’s header that went just wide in the first half and Jaycie Triandafilou nearly getting off a shot when she was in close in the second half.

The Newburyport win avenges a loss to Amesbury (1-0) at Amesbury on September 21st.

Since that loss thirteen games ago, Newburyport has been 10-1-2.  Amesbury since then has been 6-5-3.

Both teams are tourney bound.  They will each finish their regular season on Monday (October 31st).  Newburyport hosts Ipswich while Amesbury travels to Tewksbury for 3:45PM games.

Amesbury had plenty of speed while Newburyport had plenty of size.

Erin Leary

Erin Leary may well have been Amesbury’s best player in this game. The junior turned back numerous Clipper threats.

Whitney Whitlow was introduced but wasn’t at the game.  She is a captain and a returning CAL All-Star.

With Game Seven of the World Series tonight and a significant snowstorm scheduled for tomorrow night there was plenty of additional excitement in the air.

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Amanda Martin & Nicki Galer

Jaycie Triandafilou looks to head as goalie approaches.

Meghan Corbett

Nicki Galer

Sarah Abraham

senior signs

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Jake Stelline Key in Triton’s 2-0 Win Over Ipswich in Boys Soccer

Greg Gallagher (13) and Demitri Tzitzon (12) congratulate Jake Stelline (10) for his goal while Ipswich goalie Erik Fyrer looks away.

Demitri Tzitzon nails second half penalty kick.

(Byfield) The Triton boys soccer team, led by Jake Stelline, defeated Ipswich, 2-0, Tuesday afternoon at sunny/windy Triton.

Now both teams have four wins. And in a season in which wins are scarce, Triton (4-11-1) has to be pleased to now have won three of their last five matches. On the other hand, Ipswich is on a losing streak that has reached six.

Ipswich (4-11) gave up both goals in the second half.  Viking senior Jake Stelline was a factor in both scores.  He set up the first goal by drawing a pull-down penalty (on Kyle Cantrell) that led to Demitri Tzitzon’s successful penalty kick.  Later in the half, Jake beat Tiger goalie Erik Fyrer to a 50/50 ball and put a quick shot past him.

I’ve been to a few outdoor events at Triton and the way the soccer field is set up makes one end a lot less appealing to defend than the other. If the wind doesn’t get you, then the sun will.  And also the later in the day it is, the worse those two can be.  The Ipswich captains won the toss and surprised everyone, including their coach, by choosing to put their goalie (Erik Fyrer) in the position of facing the sun/wind in the second half.  Unfortunately (for Ipswich), the crosswinds of the first half changed in the second half to blow strong and straight at their goal.

Triton goalie Dalton Tzitzon stunned by hard Ryan Law shot late in the game.

The elements aside, this was an even match with both teams getting numerous scoring opportunities.  Even against the wind Ipswich had several in-close direct kicks in the second half that missed the net entirely or were kicked right at Viking goalie Dalton Tzitzon.  The Tigers best shot of the day was in the last minute when Ryan Law’s blast actually spun Dalton around as he caught it.  But on this day he made all the stops getting his third shutout of the season.

I was down the far end for both goals.  That actually gave me a better look at Demitre’s penalty kick (5:30 of the second half).  My picture shows Tiger goalie Erik Fyrer flinch right as Demitre hit’s the shot to Erik’s left.

The next twenty-five minutes Ipswich had six shots by my count but had trouble getting a clean look as Triton defenders, particularly John Mills, cleared threatening balls away.

The second goal (31:30 of the second half) was harder to see than the first from long distance.  The ball appeared to be a high bouncer that the Ipswich defense was slow getting to.  Jake Stelline took full advantage as Erik came out belatedly to try and get control.  The next thing I knew the ball was in the Tiger net.

Erik Fyrer (bright orange) leaps to catch a second half Triton shot.

Erik Fyrer was run into by Mark Schwarz legally in the first half and was down on the ground for a while.  Dalton Tzitzon made a nice leaping save in traffic late in the game.

One player was given a card for wearing jewelry.

A cross country meet between Pentucket and Triton was run during the soccer game.  The result was that cross country spectators were standing along the goal line of the soccer game with their backs to the soccer game while it was going on.  I couldn’t help but think that this had the makings of an accident waiting to happen.

The foliage in the distance at Triton outdoor events this time of year is truly remarkable.  The Creator has an eye for beauty!

Triton’s last game will be hosting Pentucket at 3:45PM on October 27th (Thursday).  Ipswich will be at Hamilton-Wenham same day, same time.

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Dalton Tzitzon

Dalton Tzitzon between John Mills (11) and Chris DiNocco (6)

David Dick

Demitre Tzitzon

Gabe Marcolini (17) gets off shot

Matt Jaeger (18) & Mike Mulkern (23)

Ryan Law (11) & Matt Velonis (22)

Zach Eliopoulos (4) & Peder Franson (7)

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Georgetown Girls Soccer Team Tested by Triton 3-2

Ten Georgetown Royals are in the goal area trying to hold off Triton in the last minute of the game.

Kristin Hogan (20) defended by Ashley Ross (10) had a goal and an assist for the Royals.

(Byfield) The Triton girls soccer team lost, 3-2, to Georgetown on a nice Monday afternoon at the Central Street Athletic Field in Cape Ann League play.

This game was as close as the final score indicates and the talented Royals were fortunate that this one didn’t end in a tie or even worse.

And who could see such a competitive game coming?  Triton loses to Masconomet, 7-1, while Georgetown ties them.  Triton loses to Lynnfield, 7-0, while Georgetown beats the Pioneers, 4-1.  The Vikings had won only one game (Rockport 3-1) all season and had been outscored, 25-4, since then.  Do you get the picture??

Things were going just about as figured through thirty-nine of the first forty minutes.  The Royals had two goals and looked to be in command.  But a last-minute long shot from the right by Viking Mackenzie Snow sailed over G’town goalie Jamie Block’s head to give the Vikings a goal….and hope.

Mackenzie Snow (8) returns to midfield after a goal in the first half. She had two for the game.

I couldn’t help but overhear Georgetown coach Colleen Gibbs getting all over her team during halftime.  She wasn’t pleased with the concentration or effort.  I’m sure that the last minute goal was part of the frustration.

Second half Georgetown dominated early on.  Their passing was noteworthy in the midfield area.

Kristin Hogan registered a goal for the Royals five minutes into the second half with a left-footed shot after a run along the left sidelines nearly to the corner.  The shot went over Viking goalie Elizabeth Benoit’s head.

Down 3-1, you set yourself for more Royal goals but they never came.  There was pressure in the Triton end but the Royals didn’t have their finishing shoes on over the last thirty-five minutes.

Triton got the goal back at 23:10 after Mackenzie Snow advanced the ball down the right sideline and later put the finishing touch on from in close to make it 3-2.

Kristin Hogan had several good looks for Georgetown right after the Snow goal but the Triton defense held.

Over the last ten minutes the Vikings really put the pressure on Georgetown.  You started to wonder when they would tie the score not if.  I counted at least five Triton shots that all had a chance.  The picture at the top shows how frantic things got in the last minute.  I see nine Georgetown players in close to goalie Jamie Block with six Vikings in the area.  I also see the ball just going wide right as a Viking dives after it.

Nicole Holland (17) credited with two goals. Rachel Williamson (21) defends.

Close, very close, but at game’s end the Royals (7-2-4) had earned 2 points and qualified for the tournament while Triton (1-10-3) had yet another loss.

The Royals did not play badly.  There were lengthy segments in both halves where they put on a clinic of ball control with pass after pass.

Nicole Holland scored the first goal – left foot, left side – after a pass from Kristin Hogan at 14:25.

Nicole was credited with the second goal at 36:40.  The way I saw it, an Ashley Mueskes corner kick went over goalie Elizabeth Benoit’s head and deflected in off of teammate Ashley Ross.  Nicole was closest to where the ball was when it was inadvertently deflected in.

I thought the game was at Triton High School.  Wrong.  The boys soccer team was playing North Reading there.

The Central Street Athletic Fields have two soccer fields so both the varsity and JV games went on together.

Triton goalie Elizabeth Benoit was run into at least four times yet held on.

Kelly Chickering

Kelly Chickering was terrific… usual.  Her speed and ability to control the ball are eye-catching.  I try to imagine what she might be like in the attack zone.

A big advantage for Georgetown was the lengthy goal kicks by Jamie Block.  The distance is impressive as well as the height.

No one was on hand to chase balls going out of bounds.  The clock ran as players chased errant shots and passes.

Triton next game is tomorrow (Tuesday October 25th) at Ipswich at 6:30PM.

Georgetown gets Amesbury at Georgetown tomorrow (Tuesday October 25th) at 3:45PM.

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Kristin Hogan (20) & goalie Elizabeth Benoit

Ashley Mueskes

Triton goalie Elizabeth Benoit

Jen Migliaccio (18) & Shannon Dube (2)

Jessica Bannon (19) & Ashley Federico (12)

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Newburyport Dominates Tewksbury 2-0 in Girls Soccer

Jaycie Triandafilou (19) fires shot that resulted in the second Clipper goal.

(Newburyport)  The Tewksbury girls soccer team has already qualified for post-season play in 2011 but they didn’t get any of the 18 points they needed (2 for a win – 1 for a tie) from Newburyport.  On Saturday night, the Redman were defeated by the Clippers for the second time this season.

First half action in front of Tewksbury net.

This was non-league play (Tewksbury is from the Merrimack Valley Conference) but against a worthy 9-4 opponent (now 9-5),  the home team looked awfully good under the lights at World War Stadium on Saturday night.

The final score was 2-0 but, as is the case in many low scoring soccer games, that final score was not indicative of how the game went.  To nutshell it: Newburyport dominated the first half with no scoring to show for it.  In the second half, Tewksbury was more competitive early on but when the Clippers tallied twice in 3+ minutes, between 15:15 and 18:30, the win/loss part was settled.

Newburyport (11-2-2) short-passed the visitors to death.  The Clippers were willing to pass laterally to keep control rather than forcing “home-run” long passes where opponents were set up.  Tewksbury, on the other hand,  had little success putting passes together especially in the first half but they did have elusive Alyson Spencer and Nicole Chaet (both MVC 2010 All-Stars) to impress with one-on-one maneuvers.

Hannah Martin (15) and Nicole Chaet (17)

Nicole unleashed the Redmen’s best shot, 6 ½ minutes into the second half in a tie game.  Her well-struck bullet from the middle cleared the crossbar above NHS goalie Lilly Donavan’s head by about a foot.  The Redmen had other chances but none as dangerous as that one.

As I wrote earlier, the Clippers were not lacking in scoring chances whether from in close or long range during both halves. Their scoreboard changers came in the second half.

The first Newburyport goal (15:15) was on a header by senior Meghan Corbett.  The scoring play started with sophomore Carly Brand taking a corner kick from the Tewksbury goalie’s right.  The Clippers who had gathered back away from the goalie broke to a variety of places as Carly’s kick was in the air.  The kick sailed into the middle above the penalty kick spot.  Meghan was there uncovered and directed a header past the goalie’s left.

Carly Brand – her corner kick set up first goal.

3+ minutes later the Clippers added their second goal.  It won’t be one that Tewksbury goalie (Rebecca Davies – MVC All-Star in 2010 – six shutouts in 2011) remembers fondly.  Newburyport had dangerous Hannah Martin taking a direct kick. Her kick produced a juicy rebound for Jaycie Triandafilou beyond the penalty shot area.  Jaycie left her feet and blasted a left-footed, one-hopper that went through Rebecca’s legs.

Those two goals were enough in this one.

With the win Newburyport bounces back from a 3-2 loss to Georgetown in their previous game.  The Clippers next game is versus Masco (3:45PM) on October 25th (Tuesday) at Cherry Hill.

Watching a soccer game at World War Stadium has plenty of advantages.  First, the elevated sight line is better than looking over or around folks standing next to you along the sidelines.  Second, there is an active scoreboard to keep everyone aware of time and score.  Third, on this evening, the announcer gave goal scorers – that sure helped me on the Clippers’ two goals!

NHS senior Hannah Martin continues to impress.  She controls the ball so much in the midfield area.  Any direct kicks she takes are dangerous.  I have also noticed that anytime she dribbles left in goal-scoring areas she has the strong left foot to fire a shot back to the goalie’s far side.

A junior varsity game preceded the varsity game.  It was refreshing to see/hear the Tewksbury varsity players in the stands actively cheering on their less-experienced teammates.

Tewksbury’s next game is October 25th (Tuesday) hosting Dracut at 3:30PM.

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pressure on Tewksbury goalie

blurry view of first Clipper goal

pregame stadium sky

Caitlin OConnor (16)

Shannon Tinkham (27) & Meaghan Bouthot (7)

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Ipswich Girls Run Undefeated Streak to Eleven with 2-1 Soccer Win Over Masconomet

Tigers rush to goalie Molly Markos after 2-1 win over Masco.

(Boxford) One girls soccer team was undefeated in its last ten games and the other in its last eight games.  It figured to be a good match….and it was as Ipswich defeated Masconomet, 2-1, before a good crowd at Senior’s Day at Masconomet on Friday afternoon.

Hannah Weagle – goal and assist

2010 Cape Ann League Division 2 Player-of-the-Year Hannah Weagle was huge for Ipswich (10-1-3).  The talented senior scored a goal in the first half on a direct kick and then earned the assist on teammate Sam Brown’s game winner in the second half.

Hannah was also very active in the midfield area and part of an Ipswich defense that gave Masco limited scoring chances during most of the game.

The Chieftains (9-4-2), however, rallied late in the first half on a scramble in front to tie the score (Mia Farnham from Leah Connerty) and put their best sustained effort into the opening ten minutes of the second half.  During that hectic ten minutes, Masco took six shots, including two direct kicks and a corner kick, but the Tiger defense led by junior Courtney Long and goalie Molly Markos held on.

Hannah set up the game-winner seventeen minutes into the second half.  She broke away from a sideline battle for the ball and took a hard shot toward goal from the left.  Sam Brown raced in from the right and put a foot on the ball redirecting it on goal and into the net past Masco goalie Kendal Pratt.

The Tigers had three golden chances in the first half and cashed in on one of them.

The first chance was a goal from in close by Katie Monahan that was called back because of an offsides after nineteen minutes.

Hannah Weagle delivered on the second chance. First she drew a Masco violation with some penetrating dribbling.  Then she took the resulting direct kick and beat goalie Kendal Pratt with a shot into the upper left-hand corner of the net with twenty-three minutes played in the first half.

Six minutes later Hannah was back with the Tigers’ 3rd scoring chance with another direct kick attempt. This time goalie Kendal Pratt made a fabulous stop diving for the near post to deflect the shot out.  This was the stop of the game.

Leah Connerty (10) about to get an assist.

The Chieftain’s broke through at 38:07 after a direct kick by Paige Pratt.  From where I was (the other end of the field) it looked as if Leah Connerty got a foot on the ball to put it up in the air and Mia Farnham followed with a header past the Ipswich goalie.

This was my second time seeing Masco – I saw them play a 1-1 tie with Georgetown.  Paige Pratt is an excellent defender.  Mia Farnham and Taylor Evans create real problems on the scoring end because of their strength and persistence.  They both had pretty good scoring chances versus Ipswich.

The Ipswich/Masco JV game was played right beside the varsity game.  I suspected that whistles and stray kicks might be a problem but they weren’t.

Sam Brown (12) congratulated after game winner

I saw Ipswich in tournament play last season and Courtney Long is terrific as the last defender.  The sophomore has a strong kick with either foot and doesn‘t panic with the ball.

Hannah Weagle was all over the field.  Most high scorers in soccer don’t offer much in the way of defense but Hannah was active at midfield and in the box during corner kicks.

Ipswich (11-7-4 in 2010) made the D3 North Finals last season while Masco (17-2-2 in 2010) ) made the D1 North Finals.  They will be in the tournament again this year.

Hannah Weagle (6) contests with Masco goalie Kendal Pratt

Next for Ipswich is Triton under the lights in Ipswich on October 25th (Tuesday). Masco travels to Andover for a 5PM game on October 24th (Monday).

Further ahead, Ipswich has back-to-back road games with Newburyport (October 31st) and Georgetown (November 1st).  Those should be very competitive matches.

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Courtney Long (24) defends Taylor Evans (27)

Mia Farnham (29) shoots

Hannah Weagle (6) & Courtney Long (24)

Taylor Evans (27) and Shannon McFayden

goalie Kendal Pratt

Mia Farnham

Sam Brown

goalie Molly Markos

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Newburyport Recovers to Defeat Ipswich 34-14 in Football

Peyton Primack (62) takes a recovered fumble into the end zone for a first play score for Ipswich.

QB Connor Wile was sacked on the first play but recovered to throw three TD passes and a 2 point conversion.

(Newburyport)  One play in the Newburyport Clippers didn’t know what hit them…………especially quarterback Connor Wile.  The Clipper QB ended up on all fours as the visiting Ipswich Tigers celebrated in the end zone.

That was the start but thereafter the Clippers straightened out their pass protection and scored at will to defeat Ipswich, 34-14, at War Memorial Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

But if you want to lose a quarterback, allow a full-speed defender a clean shot from the QB’s blindside as he‘s back to pass.  But that’s what happened and the hit caused Connor to fumble. Tiger Peyton Primack found the loose ball and took it 25 yards into the end zone.  Brenden Gallagher’s extra point kick (Nick Andreas hold) put Ipswich (1-4) in front 7-0.

This all turned out to be very misleading.  The thoughts that Newburyport might be less inclined to pass or that their offense would be limited, vanished by halftime.  For by then the Clippers (4-2) had put up four touchdowns – two on the ground and two in the air – and were in command, 27-14.

Tyler Martin (32) goes 47 yards for first quarter touchdown.

Connor’s protection was superb after that first disastrous play and the only times he went down were when he decided to scramble.

Newburyport operated out of the shotgun most of the time and spread the field with receivers (Brett & Colton Fontaine, Ian Michaels, and Jimmy Conway) that every scout (I saw Triton in the stands) is well aware of.  When Ipswich over-concentrated on pass defense the Clippers ran speedy Tyler Martin up the inside.  On this day, Ipswich was seriously burned by both forms of attack.

Tyler Martin got them first.  On a 3rd-and-21 from the Ipswich 47, NHS sent Tyler up the middle on a draw play.  Tyler stayed in the middle briefly and then cut right and sped to the end zone.  Brandon Trego’s kick was good (Tyler held).  So 3 ½ minutes into the first quarter, the Clippers were even.

Clear sailing for Brett Fontaine (3 TD catches) as Tiger defenders Louis Galanis (10) and Pat Curran collide.

Next possession, Newburyport struck through the air.  A harmless looking pass in the flat to Brett Fontaine did the trick.  The Tigers’ first defender (John Elnagger) missed the tackle and the next two defenders (Pat Curran and Louis Galanis) took each other out – Louis slipped into Pat.  Brett ended up with a clear 65-yard route to the end zone.

Brandon Trego’s kick was wide but Newburyport was ahead, 13-7, with 4:19 left in the first quarter.

Next possession, Newburyport moved deep into Ipswich territory early in the second quarter.  They reached the Tiger 7 before a Connor Wile pass intended for Brett Fontaine ended up in defender Nate Glaster’s hands.  Off the fast sophomore went down the left sideline on a 93-yard TD run.  Brenden Gallagher’s kick gave Ipswich a shocking, 14-13, lead with 9:10 left until halftime.

Nate Glaster (80) finishes a 93 yard interception return touchdown.

The thought at the time that Newburyport was just overly pass happy and needed to shelf that attack never seemed to be a consideration for the NHS staff.

The Clippers moved back down the field with a collection of passes and rushes.  A pass interference call helped greatly.  Tyler Martin provided the finishing touch with a 6-yard burst up the middle.  The kick was missed but Newburyport was ahead, 19-14, with 5:43 until the half.

A bit of trickery by Ipswich (fake punt by Louis Galanis) got them into Newburyport territory but the defense refused to give up any big plays from the line of scrimmage and the Clippers took over late in the half.

Again it was passes that quickly moved the Clippers close.  Connor Wile connected with Brett Fontaine for the score on the right side in the last minute from 8 yards away.   The pattern looked a lot similar to the one that had resulted in an Ipswich interception (TD) at the start of the quarter.

The Clippers went for two points.  They faked Tyler Martin up the middle (I was fooled by it!) and then Connor hit a very wide open Jimmy Conway in the right corner of the end zone.  This gave NHS a 27-14 lead at the half.

The second half started with turnover, turnover, and turnover.  Connor Wile was intercepted (Nate Glaster) while Ipswich fumbled twice.  The second Tiger fumble was recovered by Tyler Souther at the Ipswich 12.  Way too delectable field position for the Clipper offense on this day.

Brett Fontaine catches TD pass despite face mask infraction in third quarter.

NHS struck quickly as Connor hit Brett in the end zone.  Brett hung on despite suffering one of the more blatant face mask penalties you’ll ever see.  Brandon Trego kicked the extra point to put the Clippers further ahead, 34-14, with 7:34 left in the third quarter.  And that turned out to be the final score as a lot of clean jerseys were seen the rest of the way.

Credit Newburyport for sticking with a passing attack throughout the game.  Credit center Kyle Monahan for enabling the Clippers to function out of shotgun formation with a game of clean snaps.

Connor Wile might be a little tougher than your average high school quarterback.  In the winter he’ll be seen playing hockey and in the spring catching for the NHS baseball team.  Point?  He’s no stranger to contact!

The weather was full of surprises.  A half hour before game time it was pouring.  Thereafter we saw clouds and even some sun………only in New England.

The Clippers face Saugus at NHS next on Friday night (7PM).  Ipswich gets Lynnfield at home on the same night.  The rest of the way the games are league games.

Quarterback Nick Andreas sits on sideline with trainer Nicole Tougas and IHS coach Ted Flaherty.

Tiger freshman quarterback Nick Andreas was hit hard in the third quarter and didn’t return.  Sophomore Kyle Blomster took over the rest of the way.

Clipper junior Tyler Cusack was hit hard during kickoff coverage in the second half and didn’t return.

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Newburyport sky

Brenden Gallagher (13)

Brett Fontaine (10) and Chris Desmond (50)

Louis Galanis (10 and Trevor Pituck (55)

Jimmy Conway flies after hit.

Peter Moutevelis (20)

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