By Dan Harrison
---- — HAMILTON-The Hamilton-Wenham football team didn’t know if a win Saturday against Georgetown would be enough to ensure the Generals a playoff spot.
But the team went about its business, downing the Royals 27-6 and with a little good fortune, qualified for the Division 4 playoffs.
“The kids knew that with Amesbury losing Friday night (to Manchester Essex) it opened the door for us. We needed to come out and get the job done,” said H-W (3-4) head coach Andrew Morency, who found out yesterday that his Generals will be the seeded eighth and play at Pentucket this coming Saturday.
“It feels great. I let the captains and coaches know and the kids are excited. Everyone is psyched and looking forward to the challenge.”
On Saturday, as he’s done all year, Ian Dickey put the H-W offense on his shoulders. The senior, who was a backup to starter the season, tied the school record for carries with 31, a mark he set earlier in the season.
After Georgetown (0-7) broke a scoreless tie on a 15-yard touchdown pass from Pat Bjork to Sean Swanton to make it 6-0 Royals, Dickey found the endzone from two yards out to end the first quarter. He finished with 239 yards adding a three-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.
“Ian’s been pumping out 100-yard games,” noted Morency. “He’s got the speed to bounce it outside and he’s been doing a good job for us. With Cam Macri hopefully coming back this week, we like where our running game is.”
Dickey also hauled in a pair of interceptions in the second quarter helping shut down the Georgetown passing attack.
The Generals also had Christian Ecker (three rushes for 86 yards) score a 49-yard touchdown on a counter and sophomore Jimmy Littlefield found the endzone on a 17-yard run to make it 27-6.
Littlefield had fumbled earlier in the redzone earlier in the game and Morency was glad to see his youngster rebound with poise.
“Jimmy felt bad he fumbled. He’s an intense kid and he was devastated,” said Morency. “It was good to see him (get in the endzone). He had a kick in his step.”