PINGREE 52, HOLDERNESS 27: The sophomore connection was working in full force for Pingree as quarterback Griffin Beal hooked up with classmate Justin Assad for three scores Saturday night in South Hamilton.
Beal threw for 228 yards and five TDs, including strikes to Johnnie Spears and Kyle Lentini as well. Spears had a game-best 134 yards rushing and a TD, and Pingree (6-1) scored a defensive TD with Kevin Moyette bringing an interception back for six-points.
Griffin played really well coming off a week when he was hampered by an injury. It’s amazing what a week can do,” said Pingree coach Chris Powers, whose team played under portable lights. “It was a terrific atmosphere and a huge crowd for us.”
Tom Zaleski also had a rushing TD for Pingree, which led 32-21 at halftime and scored 50-plus points for the fourth time this fall. Nino Leone and Sal Fazio also had strong games for Pingree, which can clinch a prep school bowl bid with a win next week.
IPSWICH 40, SAUGUS 39: Nate Glaster scored three touchdowns, including the game-winner in the fourth quarter, as the Tigers (2-6) tasted victory on the road for the first time this season. Glaster caught three passes for 83 yards and a 55-yard score, ran in a TD from 12 yards out and returned a kickoff 85 yards for another touchdown.
Robbie Glavin added a touchdown catch for Ipswich and returned a punt 38 yards for a second TD. Eddie Flaherty also ran for a touchdown while quarterback Kyle Blomster was 6 for 11 passing for 137 yards and two scores. Derek Chamberlain rushed for 101 yards on 11 carries as well.
SWAMPSCOTT 54, ARLINGTON CATHOLIC 40: The Big Blue (2-6) had their highest point total of the season as Brendan McDonald and Desmond Wilhelmsen each rushed for three touchdowns.
Wilhelmsen had 122 yards on just nine carries and scored three straight TDs in the second quarter as Swampscott built a 27-12 halftime lead. AC (1-7) trailed 40-12 in the third quarter but found their stride on offense and kept pushing Swampscott at Blocksidge. Maleek Newsome had a 22-yard TD run to help the Big Blue stay ahead. McDonald threw for 141 yards and a second-half TD to Cam Frary in addition to his 80 rushing yards and three scores.
The 54 points were the most scored by a Big Blue team since 2009, and the 94 total points were the 7th highest scoring game in North Shore history. It’s the second 2013 Swampscott game in the top-7 all-time, along with its 64-39 (103 total points) loss to St. Mary’s in September.
PENTUCKET 32, HAMILTON-WENHAM 0: The top-seed Sachems showed why they earned the No. 1 spot in the Division 4 North quarterfinal romp over the Generals, who dipped to 3-5. Pentucket (6-1) ran for 300 yards while holding H-W to 60 yards on the ground and the Sachems also forced three turnovers.
Quarterback Jack Clay threw for 151 yards for H-W and Christian Ecker had six grabs for 76 yards. Cam Macri had four catches for 24 yards and also carried twice for 30 in his return from injury. Ian Dickey ran hard for the Generals, toting the mail 15 times.