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Generals Youth Football Finishes Season with Dramatic Goal Line Stand vs. Ipswich

Two Generals youth football teams are headed to post season games this week as the regular season comes to an end.

Hamilton Wenham Generals’ JVC Team Completes a Successful Season with a Dramatic Goal Line Stand Against Ipswich; 8-6

The Generals JVC team completed a fantastic season on Saturday with an impressive win over league-rival Ipswich. Comprised of mostly first-year players, the JVC team demonstrated consistent improvement all season, culminating in an impressive team effort to beat Ipswich 8-6 on Saturday.

Offensively, the Generals were powered by great line play by Evan Bucci, Jack McQuirter, Pierson Tocci and Will Brown that allowed Anthony Pallazola to run for 112 yards in the game’s first half.

Led by another solid performance by quarterback Billy Whelan, the Generals moved the ball when they needed to, relying on a steady change-up of Sam Webber up the middle and Jake Harrison around the end that proved too much for the Tigers to stop.

While the offense scored enough points to win, the story of the day, however, was the Generals defense. For three and a half quarters the Generals defense led by Michael Moynihan, Cam Guyer, Peyton Yerkes, Tyler Santos and Jared Fravel kept the Tigers from mounting any significant drives.  Following a late turnover, the Tigers scored to make the game 8-6 with a minute to play.  With a packed home crowd cheering them on, the Generals rose to meet the challenge, stopping the Tigers two-point conversion, and sealing the win.

Following the game, the Generals coaches lauded the play of the entire team, not just during the game, but over the entire season. They look forward to building on this year’s success when the team reports to camp next August.   

General’s A Team Defeats Ipswich to Finish Regular Season Unbeaten

The Generals youth football A team captured its ninth straight victory to remain undefeated on the season with an impressive 28-0 victory over Ipswich last weekend.

The win was sparked by solid defense, a pounding, ball-control offense and great teamwork across the board.

Offensively, the Generals were sparked once again by Cam Macri, who broke two long runs in the first half. They also benefitted from a terrific fumble recovery by Jake Merrill that stopped an Ipswich drive deep in Generals territory.

Leading 14-0 at the half, the Generals opened the second half with a 55-yard touchdown from Macri. The Generals capped the day’s scoring with a fourth-down scoring play from Nick Spofford, making it 28-0.

The Generals now enter the playoffs and will play Wednesday evening, and potentially in the Cape Ann Youth Football League Super Bowl next Sunday.

Hamilton-Wenham Generals JVA Team Outscore Masco 32-8; Advance to Super Bowl

The Hamilton Wenham Generals JVA Team beat Masco 32-8 on Nov. 6, closing its regular season out with a record of 7-2 and earning themselves a spot in the Nov. 13 JVA Super Bowl game.

The Generals came out strong in the first half with two touchdowns by running-back Alex Winch. Conversions on both plays by Hunter Smith added four more points to the board. Masco responded with an 80 yard kick-off return to score, but the Generals defense shut down their offense for the remainder of the game thanks to outstanding play by Joe Lattanzi, Chris Baras, Marc Calder, Lee Drinkwater, and Mason Craig.

In the third quarter, a hand-off to Daniel Parr resulted in a Generals touchdown and another successful two-point conversion by Zack Willwerth. The offense continued to drive the ball down field with impressive blocking by Josh Libelo, Tim McKenna, Brian Ruane, Matt Manfra, Will Vanier, and Cameron Morin. Quarterback Hans Fotta ran the ball seven yards into the end zone late in the fourth quarter, and Jared Munoz closed the game out with the final two point conversion.

The team is led by coaches Sid Jenkins, Steve Craig,and Paul Riordan, and will play next against the Danvers Falcons this Sunday at North Reading High School at time to be announced.

The Generals D Team Plays Ipswich to a 0-0 Tie

The Hamilton-Wenham  Generals youth football D team tied Ipswich 0-0 in a defensive battle last weekend.

The undermanned Generals received gutsy performances from running backs Jake Brainard, Clayton Booma, Harrison Wilson and Colby Cala but were unable to get into the end zone as result of a few untimely turnovers.

The offensive line played very well, especially the right side of the line manned by Erik Fotta, William Jones, Colby Cala and center Costas Savignano. The Generals also received solid contributions from players who played positions for the first time on Sunday, namely Ben Harres, Peter Goeben, Michael Rowse, Wilson and Booma.

The Generals continued their remarkable defensive play as they kept yet another opponent out of the endzone. Standouts were Fotta, Savignano, Jones, Cala, Will Frain, Thomas Kain,and Brainard. Also deserving special recognition were Peter Goeben, Jackson Sanford and Conor Wosepka.

Despite giving up a few pounds, inches, and year or two to their opponents, they played very hard with determination and will and made solid contributions all year.

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