With every passing week, the machine that is the North Shore Tech football team just keeps getting stronger and stronger.
Senior running back Jesse Wilkins churned out 231 yards on a workhorse's 35 carries including three touchdowns as the Bulldogs' brutes up front helped Wilkins eclipse 2,000 yards in just eight games as North Shore pounded Mystic Valley 32-12. Wilkings now has 2,192 yards on the season while coach Paul Worth's Bulldogs are 7-1 and undefeated in the Commonwealth Conference Small (1-0) headed into a big week nine matchup with conference foe Chelsea Friday night.
Some well run counter plays out of the Wing-T had the Bulldog linebackers a little confused in the first half but senior captain defensive end Mike Wallis came up huge (three tackles for a loss) and helped minimize the damage. After some adjustments at halftime North Shore held Mystic Valley scoresless the rest of the way as Tyler Cook came up with a very athletic interception to kill a pomising Mystic Valley drive late in the game.
"Mike Wallis had his best defensive game of the year, He just did exactly what we told him to do and he read his keys," said Worth. "We adjusted (to the counters) at the half, but Mike Wallis saved us. He just gets better each week."
Pat Wood, who is on pace to throw for over 1000 yards in an offense predicated upon the ground game, continues to be a leader for the Bulldogs as the senior was 8 of 12 for 123 yards including a 13 yard TD strike to Tyler Suggs. Suggs, who was rock-solid at the other defensive end position, had his biggest effort of the season, hauling in five paases for 64 yards. Sophomore Tim Anderson added a touchdown late for North Shore when he broke a fourth quarter run 41 yards to pay dirt.