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Georgetown defeats Amesbury in surprising fashion

Iain Kantorski tagged out at home by catcher Tim Gilleo
Garrett Sedgwick tagged out at 3B

(Amesbury MA) Georgetown certainly didn’t do it the easy way.

The Royals had two runners thrown out at home.

They had two others caught at third.

Didn’t matter, Georgetown still came away with a satisfying, 6-3, season-ending win over Amesbury on Tuesday afternoon.

The sunny skies at the start gave way to dark clouds, thunder, and then game-ending lightning as the Amesbury half of the sixth inning was about to start.

I usually talk to coaches and some players afterwards but not today.  That lightning changed my plans and had me and my camera equipment beelining it immediately for the AHS parking lot.

Ayden Kent was one of six Royals pitchers

Not only did Georgetown (6-10) run into outs on the bases but they also used a different pitcher in each inning. Those frequent pitching changes would seem to have been a recipe for disaster sooner or later but not on this afternoon.

We’ll never know what the Indians (8-7) might have done with two more innings of batting, however.  I’m betting though that we would have seen two more Georgetown pitchers.

The Royals had eleven hits, at least one in every inning, off Amesbury pitchers (Trevor Kimball & Josh Sorgini).

Georgetown got off to a great start with RBI doubles by Nick Gaeta (two hits) and Jack Lucido in the first inning.

That inning ended with Jack getting caught trying to steal third base.

Amesbury got a run back in their half of the first inning.  Jeremy Lopez (three hits, two RBI) doubled home Shea Cucinotta.

Drew MacDonald out stealing

Drew MacDonald was caught stealing in that inning.

Georgetown continued to hit during the next three innings but ran themselves into outs on the bases that kept them from scoring runs.

Great throws by LF Drew MacDonald (2nd inning) and RF Drew Scialdone (3rd inning) were key plays for the Indians in staying close on the scoreboard.

In the fourth inning, Garrett Sedgwick tried to go to third (from second) on an infield out but was thrown out at third on a good throw by 1B Tiernan Bentley.

I thought that the wasted opportunities might catch up to Georgetown, but it didn’t happen. 

2B Nate Giguere makes a play to first

New pitchers came and went each inning for the Royals, yet the one-run lead stayed in place.

The Indians loaded the bases against Ayden Kent in the third inning but a two-out liner by Trevor Kimball was snagged by 1B Nick Gaeta to end the threat.

The Royals finally scored more runs in the fifth inning.  RBI by Iain Kantorski & Carter Lucido finished starter Trevor Kimball’s afternoon. 

Josh Sorgini came on in relief.

Twice Georgetown, with runners on first and third, sent the runner on first and were able to score the runner from third and add two more runs to their total.

Amesbury did not recover completely from those four additional runs.  They did score two runs, however.

Jeremy Lopez had 3 hits and 2 RBI

Jeremy Lopez doubled to the rightfield corner sending home Drew MacDonald.  Later, Jeremy stole third and came across when the throw (from the pitcher) to third was wild.

That 6-3 score turned out to be the final as the threatening weather kicked in.

Everyone in Georgetown’s starting lineup had at least one hit.  Rob Popielski and Nick Gaeta each had two hits for the Royals.

Jeremy Lopez had a perfect day going three-for-three with two RBI.

Drew MacDonald and Trevor Kimball each had two hits for the Indians.

The Georgetown season ends on an upswing as they finished winning three of their last five.

Amesbury will be in the post-season tournament.  They suffered losses yesterday and today.

Amesbury defeated Georgetown, 5-4, in early May at Georgetown.

(All of the pictures above and below will enlarge considerably if you click on them.)

Ayden Kent caught off 3B by Josh Sorgini
Drew MacDonald – 2 hits and an outfield assist
2B Jake Harring tags out Nick Gaeta as a run scores
Shea Cucinotta, Jake Harring, and Trevor Kimball wait on a pitching change
Josh Sorgini pitched in relief
Rob Popielski scores a run for Georgetown
Nate Giguere slides in safely
Jake Gilstein
Carter Lucido pitched for Georgetown
Baserunner Iain Kantorski and SS Shea Cucinotta
Nice running catch by CF Carter Lucido
Shea Cucinotta heads for home
Nick Gaeta scores in the first inning
Trevor Kimball started for Amesbury
Coaches go over the rules pregame

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Amesbury scores ten runs in the first inning and defeats Ipswich 15-5

Shortstop Shea Cucinotta saw his first action today in Amesbury’s big win
Evan Stein scores the second Ipswich run

(Amesbury MA) Ipswich was coming off their first win.

Amesbury was coming off two tough late-inning losses.

Two teams trending in opposite directions.

And Ipswich kept trending in a positive direction with a three-spot in the top of the first inning.

But that’s where it ended for the Tigers.

Amesbury responded with ten runs in their half of the first inning and cruised from there to a 15-5 victory.

Luke Arsenault had 3 hits and 2 rbi

The mercy rule kicked in during the Amesbury fifth inning.

“We needed this after last week,” said AHS coach Joel Brierley afterwards.  “However, we didn’t plan on beginning the way we did today.”

“We started today thinking that we would win,” said shortstop Shea Cucinotta post-game.  “You just can’t take a team for granted.  But we did pull together and get a victory.”

Special game for Shea because it was his first of the season.  The Cape Ann League All-Star has been missed by the Indians (5-3) for sure.

“Now we have Shea back as well as our senior catcher (Tim Gilleo),” said Coach Brierley.  “So we have a couple of weeks to put everything together before the tournament.”

The Amesbury hitting has been good and continued to be just that today.

The Indians had fourteen hits to go with the fifteen runs in only 4+ innings.

Drew MacDonald started for Amesbury

Eight of the nine AHS starters had hits.  Luke Arsenault had three hits, while Trevor Kimball and Jake Harring added two hits.

The biggest hit in the game may well have been Jeremy Lopez’s in the big first inning.  The Amesbury senior cleared the bases with a two-out triple to right.

That opening inning had all sorts of nightmarish ingredients for the Tigers (1-8).  There were two outfield errors, two hit batsmen, and two walks.  That’s a mix that will get a team in serious trouble for sure………and it did in the visitors.

Ipswich was coming off an exciting 9-8, last-inning, win over Pentucket.  Their bats were still hot at the outset of today’s game. 

Two batters in they had a run after Finn MacLennon doubled and Evan Stein singled.  A few batters later Wes Smith drove in another run with a single.  A fielder’s choice (Jake Reily) led to the third run.

Jeremy Lopez drove in 3 runs and scored 2 runs

Great start for Ipswich but it didn’t continue.  AHS starter Drew MacDonald pitched clean innings in the 2nd and 3rd innings.  Tiernan Bentley took care of things in the 4th and 5th innings.

The Indians needed a run in their fifth inning to activate the mercy rule.  They got what they needed.  Will Arsenault doubled.  Josh Sorgini’s fielder’s choice moved Will to 3B.  Tiernan Bentley’s single brought home the game-ending run.

“We came out here and we wanted to have some fun today and that’s what we did,” explained Drew MacDonald.

Drew claimed that he knew the source of Amesbury’s good hitting.  “We’ve been having Jeremy’s older brother throw some BP.  I think he’s our good-luck charm now.”

Cade Wetter pitched for IHS

Shea Cucinotta was excited to be playing again after being injured playing football.  “It was great to go out there with the boys.  I missed it.  Getting in for the next half of the season is going to be real good.  I was a little rusty out there today, but it feels good to be moving again.”

Ipswich finished with six hits.  Wes Smith had two of them to go with an RBI.

The Indians added three runs to their ten runs in the second inning.  Jake Harring’s double brought in two of the runs.

AHS coach Joel Brierley

Ipswich had single runs in the fourth (Finn MacLennon rbi) and the fifth (Drew Lane rbi).

Jake Harring, Shea Cucinotta, Jeremy Lopez, Drew Scialdone, Aidan Donovan, and Luke Arsenault each scored twice.

Jake Reily started for Ipswich and gave way to Drew Lane in the first inning.

The weather was splendid.  Temperatures were in the 70’s with a nice breeze.

There will be a tournament at the end of the season.  “It will be different this year because any team, no matter what their record is, can be in the tournament,” said Coach Brierley.  “We want to be over .500 and deserve to be there.”

The tournament won’t START until June 15th.  Amesbury gets out of school on June 17th.  “Our guys are completely okay will playing after school is over,” said Coach Brierley.

Amesbury faced Ipswich at Ipswich a week ago.  Drew MacDonald pitched a complete-game three hitter with seven strikeouts.  AHS won, 11-0.

Nice running catch by Amesbury CF Cam Stanley.

(All of the pictures above and below will enlarge significantly if you click on them.)

Ipswich dugout
Tiernan Bentley did some late-game pitching and hitting
Donovan Landry pitched for AHS
Drew Scialdone had a hit and scored two runs
Amesbury dugout
Cam Stanley makes a nice catch in CF
Trevor Kimball had two hits and an rbi
Both teams wait for the new pitcher
Tim Gilleo
Drew MacDonald scores the 4th Amesbury run
Shortstop Nate Baise and baserunner Jake Harring
Shea Cucinotta
Shortstop Shea Cucinotta and baserunner Evan Stein

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Undefeated Newburyport gets 7-6 walkoff win over Amesbury

Amesbury catcher Will Arsenault can only watch as Luke Stallard crosses with the winning run
Clippers celebrate

(Newburyport MA) If it wasn’t for bad luck, they’d have no luck at all.

Nice song but today we could apply it to the Amesbury Indians.

Twice in three days Amesbury has been close to a win only to have their hopes dashed in the late innings.

On Thursday it was a loss in extra innings to Hamilton-Wenham.

Today, it was a, 7-6, walk-off loss to Newburyport at Pettingell Park.

The undefeated Clippers (7-0) are into a remarkable season.

“Our team never feels as if they’re out of any game,” said NHS coach Mark Rowe afterwards, “There is something special going on.”

This game definitely required some of that “special” stuff for Newburyport because Amesbury was up, 6-0, after 4 ½ innings thanks to a five-run fifth inning.

Jeremy Lopez had a solo home run

“The third time through the lineup we started hitting the ball and we scored some runs,” said AHS coach Joel Brierley afterwards.

Newburyport, however, answered with five runs in the bottom of the 5th.  Jake Buontempo’s 3-run, two-out homer was the big shot.

“I was down 2-2 so I had to protect the plate,” explained Jake.  “I choked up on the bat.  I think it was a fastball away.  I got all of it.”

“Jake’s homer was huge,” said Nick White.  “The momentum after a home run is like nothing else.  It gets the whole dugout fired up.”

The Clippers tied the score in the sixth.  Quinn Fortuna (two hits) started the inning with an infield single.  Freshman Connor Stick was inserted as a pinch-runner. Connor stole second and came home on Ryan Archer’s single up the middle.

Jake Buontempo (gold helmet) had a 3-run shot during the Clippers’ rally

The Indians (4-3) had the go-ahead run on second with one out in the top of the seventh, but reliever Charlie Forrest got a strikeout and a groundout to end the threat.

Newburyport won the game in their half of the seventh inning.

Luke Stallard singled off reliever Josh Sorgini and stole second.  Jake Buontempo walked.  Quinn Fontana’s deep grounder to short would have loaded the bases but a wide throw to second allowed Luke to score from second with the game-winner.

Charlie Forrest had the win in relief

“That last play was a hit,” recalled Coach Brierley.  “The throw probably should have gone to third base because it was in front of him.  He’s a good kid.  He’ll learn from it.”

Amesbury took a 1-0 lead in the 4th inning on a Jeremy Lopez home run over the rightfield fence.  It was the senior’s first varsity homer.

“Jeremy’s our leader on the field, on the mound, and at the bat,” said Coach Brierley.

The Indians had five runs in the fifth inning on five hits.  Tim Gilleo cleared the bases with two-out double.  Before Tim’s hit, Drew MacDonald had singled in a run.  After Tim’s hit, Trevor Kimball drove in a run.

Quinn Fontana had two hits

Amesbury looked in good shape, with a six-run lead, to pin a loss on Newburyport, but the Clippers rallied and remain undefeated.

“We have a lot of good hitters,” said Coach Rowe.  “I now kind of expect something good will eventually happen.”

Drew MacDonald and Trevor Kimball paced Amesbury with two hits each. Will Arsenault, Jeremy Lopez, Tim Gilleo, and Drew Scialdone each had a hit.

Quinn Fortuna led Newburyport with two hits.  He also got the “cooler” treatment after his single contributed to the winning run being scored. 

Tim Gilleo had a 3-run double

It was hot and humid enough that we all could have used some cooling off.

Newburyport’s other hits were by Jax Budgell, Tony Lucci, Luke Stallard, Jake Buontempo, and Ryan Archer. Jax, Luke, and Ryan each had an RBI.

Luke Stallard started for the Clippers and went 4 2/3.  Charlie Forrest took it from there.

Charlie came on in the fifth inning with two-on, two-out, and five runs already in for Amesbury.  He got a ground out to end the inning.

“It hurt us to leave those two runners on,” said Coach Brierley.

Jeremy Lopez went five innings for Amesbury.  Josh Sorgini followed and pitched into the seventh. 

“It was great to catch sophomore Charlie Forrest,” said Nick White.  “I think it was his first time pitching varsity.”

Nick will be attending Clemson in the fall.  He assured me that it had nothing to do with the weather!  “I have family down there, and they have a good business program.  I might try to play club baseball.”

Pickoff attempt

Jake will be playing baseball at Framingham State next year.  “I will be majoring in criminology,” he said.

Coach Brierley: “It wasn’t the outcome we wanted but we’ll bounce back.”

(All of the pictures above and below will enlarge significantly if you click on them.)

Luke Stallard started for NHS
Jeremy Lopez started for Amesbury
Aidan Donovan
Luke Arsenault chases a popup
Brady Ford chases a popup
Tiernan Bentley congratulated after scoring
Tim Gilleo scores as catcher Nick White corrals the throw home
SS Tony Lucci throws to first
Tyler Cowles
Ryan Archer scores
Jake Buontempo had a 3-run homer
Drew MacDonald swings
Connor Stick ties the game
Josh Sorgini
Celebrating the win begins for the Clippers

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Baseball is back

Newburyport’s Mark Rowe and Amesbury’s Joel Bierley meet pregame
Jack Fehlner started for Newburypot

(Newburyport MA) It’s been nearly two years for the Cape Ann League.

Today baseball resumed and I decided to catch a look.

Didn’t keep score because it was only a Friday afternoon scrimmage at Pettingell Field.

But it was high school baseball between familiar foes Amesbury and Newburyport.

The players were not in game shirts and the scoreboard was not being used. The atmosphere was relaxed.

The scrimmage was the first chance to get back doing something the participants, including the coaches, missed badly.

Jeremy Lopez was the Amesbury starter

Baseball in April around here?  You know the weather will be a factor!  Today, we had cloudy (Will it rain?) mixed with sunshine (Is it June?).  The wind didn’t disappoint.  Gusty at times, causing outfielders to misjudge flies in right field.  The Clippers, in fact, collected two runs on a wind-influenced single to right.

Without rosters I won’t attempt to put names to all the pictures.  I am, however, planning to post the pictures from this blog entry onto my Instagram site (@mcclellandmiscellanea) and if I get identifications, I’ll edit them into captions on this entry.  Give me some help, would ya!

(All of the pictures above and below will enlarge considerably if you click on them.)

Ryan Archer
Diving attempt by Jeremy Conlin
Shea Cucinotta
Killian Cronin questions the call after being picked off second by Tony Lucci
Best view
Drew MacDonald chats with a coach
Jack Fehlner throws to first
Nick White and Jake Buontempo listen to Coach Mark Rowe between innings
Clippers relief pitcher Owen Roberts
Amesbury shortstop Jaken Harring
Josh Sorgini and Cam Stanley in the Amesbury dugout
Amesbury relief pitcher Drew Scialdone
Will Arsenault reaches second
Newburyport shortstop Tony Lucci
Newburyport centerfielder Jax Budgell
Amesbury first baseman Tiernan Bentley
Amesbury catcher Connor MacDonald
Jaken Harring takes the throw as Finn Sullivan steals second

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Amesbury unveils more weapons in 22-0 win over Pentucket

Nick Marden brings Andrew Melone to a halt
Kyle Donovan follows blocker Jarrid Schwindt

(Amesbury MA) Amesbury is good and appear to be getting even better.

Today the Indians (4-1) made it look easy as they defeated Pentucket, 22-0, on Saturday afternoon.

The significant issue for Amesbury ahead is whether or not they will play another game.

Next Friday they were scheduled to face Newburyport but the Clippers, for Covid-19 reasons, have cancelled that game and therefore the rest of their season.

Amesbury will try to find an opponent to fill that final slot.

“It’s a shame what happened to Newburyport,” said AHS coach Colin McQueen afterwards.  “We just want to keep playing if we can.”

Kyle Heidt tackles Johnny Igoe near the Pentucket sidelines

The Indians might scare off possible opponents if the livestream of this afternoon’s game is seen.

Amesbury now has three straight shutouts and appears to be getting stingier each week.

“Our defense loves running to the football,” said Coach McQueen.  “They take pride in it.  They watch a lot of film and they understand the game.  They have a good idea what the other team is trying to do.”

I don’t keep “official” stats, but I think Pentucket had only one first down all afternoon.

Kyle Donovan powers toward a 2-point conversion

Five of the Sachems six series ended in punts.  The other series was done after a fumble.

“Amesbury was tough,” said Pentucket coach Steve Hayden postgame.  “It was what it was.”

The Indians scored on both possessions in the first half and were on the Pentucket two when the half ended.

Amesbury loves to run the ball and run the clock.  Teams that can’t stop the run are likely to get a non-stop dose of it.

That’s what happened to Pentucket early on. 

The Indians reached the Pentucket 32 on run after run (three first downs). 

JT Tilton on his way to the first Amesbury TD

A fake inside and JT Tilton went around the left side to open the scoring for his second TD of the season.

“That buck sweep today for the first touchdown may have been executed as well as we’ve done it during the four years I’ve been here,” said Coach McQueen.

“We kept on our blocks and the back let the blocks develop.  He cut up like he was shot out of a cannon!”

Senior Kyle Donovan plunged over right tackle for the 2-point conversion.  Amesbury was in front, 8-0, at 3:40 of the first quarter.

The AHS second touchdown drive was the one that surely would get a future opponent’s attention. 

The key to the second drive was the passing of QB Drew MacDonald.  Who saw this coming?  To date, the AHS passing attack had been as ineffective as the running game had been effective.

QB Drew MacDonald (10) has Tyler Mazzaglia (9) open

“Drew told us pre-game that he felt good,” said Coach McQueen.  “He played with confidence.  He threw some awesomely catchable passes.  It was certainly his best passing game.”

Completions to Kyle Donovan and Tyler Mazzaglia put Amesbury in the Red Zone.  Runs by JT Tilton, Jeremy Lopez, and Kyle Donovan (1 yard score) took it the rest of the way. This was Kyle’s sixth touchdown of this season.

Drew’s pass to all-alone Kyle Donovan gave Amesbury the 2-point conversion and a 16-0 lead with 4:24 to go in the second period.

“We wanted them to pass, and we made them go to the air more than they usually want to,” said Coach Hayden. 

Brady Dore follows Jeremy Lopez (2)

Unfortunately, for the visitors from West Newbury, the Amesbury passing game was very good on this afternoon.

“We did pass more than we usually do,” confirmed Coach McQueen.  “It’s all about what the defense will give you.  They were stout in the middle and were moving defensive linemen and slanting a little bit.  It was difficult at times for us to do what we wanted to do.”

The “difficulty” seemed a minor hindrance on an afternoon when the home team moved the chains twenty-two times, by my count.

The Pentucket defense had their best moments in the third quarter.  On Amesbury’s first second-half series, junior Will Sutton intercepted a pass at the goal line.  On AHS’s next series the Sachems were able to take over on downs.

Coach Steve Hayden and Joe Lynch at halftime

On Amesbury’s third possession of the second half, Pentucket wasn’t as fortunate. A heavy dose of Brady Dore’s running led to a score.  Brady ran for three first downs in the drive and finished the final eight yards on a sweep left for his second TD of the season.

The two-point conversion attempt was easily Pentucket’s best defensive effort of the day.  Drew MacDonald tried to roll right but at least five of the Sachems had the play figured out and drove him out of bounds with authority.

The Amesbury lead was 22-0 with 7:40 left in the game.

After Andrew Melone’s fifth punt, the Indians went heavily to their reserves.

“It’s the best when you can get everyone in,” explained Coach McQueen.  “We don’t have many bodies, so everyone is involved in some capacity.  They work and prepare just like the starters.  I’m proud to see how happy our team was to see them out there.”

Pentucket (0-4) will get another chance to get that elusive first win on Friday against Triton.

Derek Couture celebrates a fumble recovery

Pentucket had won six of the previous seven meetings against Amesbury.

Taking pictures of the Amesbury offense in action is particularly challenging.  There are often fake handoffs and many of those fakes worked against ME! 

I asked Drew MacDonald about the steady flow of deception, that he’s a big part of, after the game: “It is the whole point of this offense.  If the defense doesn’t know where the ball is, then they can’t stop it.”  Or get many good pictures of it…..in my case.

Pentucket fumbled on the first play of three drives and were able to recover two of them.

Derek Couture had a fumble recovery for Amesbury.

It was a cloudy day, but it didn’t rain.  Surprised a bit by the teams that opted to play in the bad weather of Friday night.

All of the pictures above and below will enlarge considerably if you click on them.

Runner J’Quan Neal faces tackler Frank Majewski
Tom Buetow runs for a big gain
Henry O’Neill follows blocker Jarrid Schwindt
Luke Arsenault (3) takes over at quarterback
Tremendous blocking for Kyle Donovan
Runner Jeremy Lopez faces tackler Will Sutton
Brandon Lee
Drew MacDonald scrambles for a first down
Brady Dore makes a sidelines catch
Pentucket sidelines
Kyle Donovan hands the ball over after scoring
Ball on the ground
Kyle Donovan pre-game

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Amesbury shuts down North Reading 20-0

Amesbury’s blocking gave running backs openings all afternoon
Kyle Donovan scored twice for Amesbury

(Amesbury MA) Amesbury got an early break.

A likely punt turned into a third-down retry.

Their opening drive, as a result, was kept alive, and a touchdown followed.

After that the Indians (3-1) were overpowering on both sides of the ball, registering a 20-0 shutout against North Reading on Saturday afternoon.

Amesbury struggled on their first possession.  A Zach Sampson sack and a Kyle Donovan fumble (recovered by Amesbury) had the Indians in trouble.  Their third-down play went nowhere BUT the whistle of a sidelines official had gone off enabling the home team to try that third down play again.  A first down resulted and Amesbury was literally off and running.

JT Tilton brought down by Robbie Tammaro

“If that inadvertent whistle doesn’t happen on their first drive, it’s fourth-and-four and they’d have to punt,” said North Reading coach Eddie Blum afterwards.

But the replay was rightly allowed, and Amesbury took full advantage cashing from the NR 37 with three minutes left in the first quarter.

Senior Kyle Donovan scored twice in the first half.

The first one went thirty-seven yards up the middle.  “I just shot the gap and was free,” said Kyle.  “One kid was there and I high-stepped by him.”

That TD was the longest AHS run of the day but certainly not their last run.

“We try to attack multiple gaps on either side of the football from a balanced look,” explained AHS coach Colin McQueen post-game.

Owen Delano and Ryan Perkins

“Their interior linemen took our traps away,” said Coach McQueen.  “When one thing is taken away, generally something else is there.  Today we moved the ball pretty well off tackle.”

The ball-handling of quarterback Drew MacDonald was impressive for Amesbury.  I will admit to following the wrong ball carrier on a number of occasions.  I am quite certain that I wasn’t the only one.

“Each guy on defense has read keys and responsibilities,” said Coach Blum.  “Amesbury is a senior-laden team that has been running that offense for a while.  Give credit to their offensive line and their blockers.”

The Amesbury defense, led by Nick Marden, made is tough for the Hornets (2-2) to put any drives together.

Drew MacDonald tacked a two-point conversion onto Kyle Donovan’s first touchdown and Amesbury led, 8-0, after a quarter.

Nick Marden ended NR’s first possession with a fourth-down fumble recovery.

Nick Marden (32) keyed the Amesbury defense

Nick came off the edge to give the Hornets trouble all afternoon.

Drew MacDonald had a TD and a 2-point conversion

“Nick is a physical specimen,” said Coach McQueen.  “Having him on the edge can be dangerous for the other team.”

Coach McQueen referenced former coach Geno Burnham who died this week.  “I coached with Geno and in our staff meetings he always wanted to ‘fire off the edge.’  We decided today that we were going to send a couple ‘off the edge’ today in Geno’s honor.”

Nick turned the ‘off the edge’ approach into run stops and sacks for the Indians this afternoon.

After Nick’s fumble recovery the Indians started at their own 46.  The rest of the drive was all runs with four first downs along the way.

Kyle Donovan hit the middle from four yards out and backed into the end zone for a second score.  The rush for two failed but AHS now led, 14-0.

Near miss for North Reading

The Hornets followed with a 40-yard kickoff (Robbie Tammaro) return to set them up at the Amesbury 35.  NR nearly got a score as Will Taylor ran a down-and-out into some serious open space, but Brian Heffernan’s pass sailed over his head.

Twice Amesbury ran their way deep into North Reading territory in the second half with nothing to show for it.  In both tries, fourth-down passes fell incomplete.

The Hornets had a 4th down converted but a fumble (recovered by Chip Kelley) gave the ball back to Amesbury with 4:43 left in the game.

Amesbury completed a pass to Tyler Mazzaglia for a first down and two more chain movers set the home team up on the NR four.

Jarrid Schwindt congratulates Drew MacDonald after his TD

QB Drew MacDonald faked a handoff up the middle and rolled left to score with a minute left in the game. 

“We had two TDs at the end of sustained drives,” said Coach McQueen.  “Our goal is to wear people down.  We want pads on pads and for our backs to run hard.”

Coach Blum: “Our defense battled all day.  You just have to turn the page after you learn what you can learn.  We’re on to Triton.”

Coach McQueen: “Kyle is a tough runner.  Any time we put the ball in his hands he has a chance to go.  It comes down to him getting the second and third level and making some guy miss.”

Kyle Donovan: “It was a great all-around team effort.  Our offense was at its finest and our defense held up.”

Tyler Mazzaglia caught an Amesbury pass

The weather was sunny and remarkable for early April.  Temps were in the upper 40s and I was over-dressed for sure.

The Amesbury ground game was so good that their passing game stood out as needing to improve considerably.  Of course, if the Indians can get early leads, they won’t be forced into any passing catch-up attempts.

The Landry Stadium scoreboard has a habit of not consistently working.  More of that today.

Is there a turf football field in Amesbury’s future?

All of the pictures above and below will enlarge considerably if you click on them. 

Deceptive Amesbury ball-handling
Ball on the ground. Chip Kelley (54) will recover.
Two Hornets bring down Kyle Donovan
Ryan McCullough
Brian Heffernan passes
Jarrid Schwindt waits for Will O’Leary
Tim Gilleo
Connor MacDonald
Jarrid Schwindt
Nice hole for JT Tilton
Kyle Donovan carries tackler
Kyle Donovan (11) away for first touchdown
Tyler Mazzaglia (9) ready to pounce on a NR fumble
JT Tilton (4) follows Derek Couture (56)
Derek Couture
Casey Birdsall
Braeden Zellen
Tony D’Arcangelo

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