After forcing the Wildcats to punt on their first, second-half drive, Marblehead turned to Tyrell (19 carries for 123 yards), who rushed the ball eight times on the very next drive capping it with a six-yard touchdown run. Tyrrell did a good job of finding the seams, squirting through them and then always falling forward. He averaged just under seven yards per carry on that drive alone.
After a Wilmington fumble was recovered by Liam Gillis, Millett took the next play 25-yards for a touchdown run of his own to make it 27-7 Marblehead early in the third quarter.
“They were more physical overall,” observed Wilmington head coach Mike Barry. “We like to run the ball and when we can’t it’s tough. The score is indicative of the second half.”
One of the big reasons the Wildcats couldn’t run the ball in the first half was senior linebacker Ben Anderson, who recorded a pair of tackles for a loss along with a sack in the first two quarters alone. The senior was rewarded in the fourth quarter with a six-yard TD-run after Tyrrell went to the sideline following a 62-yard reception.
The other big factor for the Magicians was the home-field advantage. Piper Field can be a tough place for visitor to play especially when the Marblehead fans pack the place like they did last night.
“I don’t think Marblehead is a great place to play for visiting teams. It’s like Miller Field in Winthrop,” said Rudloff. “It’s (Piper Field) tucked away back in the corner, it’s dark and we had a great turnout. The town’s really responded to the football team.”