The Generals youth football D team gave the undefeated Newburyport squad all they could handle, falling 12-6 on Sunday.
The Generals forced Newburyport to punt on its first possession on fine plays by Erik Fotta, Colby Cala, and William Jones. The Generals then marched down the field as Patrick Nistl ran behind the blocking of Fotta, Jones, and Cala to take a 6-0 lead. That score marked the first time all year that the Newburyport defense let up a touchdown. Newburyport answered quickly as a reverse worked to even the score. Newburyport then got the ball back on a controversial missed call, and found pay-dirt to take a 12-6 lead. The Generals came right back and marched down the field on nice runs by Nistl, Cala, and Clayton Booma, but turned the ball over just short of the goal line as time expired at the end of the half.
In the second half, the Generals defense dominated Newburyport, allowing a mere first down. The Generals offense, although owning a significant time of possession advantage, were unable to get into the end zone. In the end, it was an outstanding effort put forth by the whole Generals' squad, playing with only 14 players versus Newburyport's 30 plus players.
Generals JVC Team Outlasts Masco, 8-6
The Hamilton-Wenham Generals youth football JVC team started its game against Masconomet on Sunday by driving 80 yards on a series of great plays featuring runs by Jake Harrison, and passes between the tandem of quarterback Billy Whelan and Anthony Pallazolla. After punching in a touchdown on their opening drive, however, the Generals owed all the credit to their staunch defense.
Leading 8-0 in the fourth, the Generals failed to convert on a fourth down on a gutsy call by the coaching staff. Following the turnover on downs, Masco marched the length of the field, ultimately scoring on a one-yard play. Playing for the tie, Masco went for two, but this time the Generals defense held, behind a great stand by Evan Bucci, Will Brown, Peyton Yerkes and Jack McQuirter which gave the Generals the lead with two minutes to play. Closing out the game was a solid dose of Sam Webber – the Generals’ version of Larry Csonka – who pounded the ball relentlessly against a fatigued Masco defense. The win was the second on the year for the JVC team, which looks to improve upon that record in the final two games of the season.
Generals JVA Team 36, Marblehead 12
The Hamilton-Wenham Generals youth football JVA Team defeated Marblehead 36-12 on Sunday. Zack Willwerth, Alex Winch, Chris Baras, Daniel Parr and Hunter Smith were outstanding at running the ball into Marblehead's secondary.
The Generals quickly took the lead with great offensive blocking by Briane Ruane, Will Vanier, David Rowse, Griffin Ward, Jack Wosepka and Parker Addis. On special teams, Josh Libelo set the tone with strong kickoffs to give the Generals great field position. Marblehead had a few break away runs that were stopped by Mason Craig. The Generals defense, aided by Colin Hubbard, Jared Munoz, Lee Drinkwater, Cameron Morin, Brendan Cuddy and Marcus Calder held the Marblehead Magicians to two touchdowns.
Tim McKenna racked up several sacks and Joe Lattanzi impressed with back-to-back defensive plays to block both a third down pass and the subsequent punt. Quarterback Hans Fotta led the team on a long touchdown drive in the fourth quarter for the Generals victory.