“We’ve done this is the past, taking running backs and putting them in at quarterback,” Flaherty said. “We like to run the ball with the Wing-T and need to threaten both flanks. We thought with a running back threat, it would help our trap and sweep game.”
Junior running back Derek Chamberlain hit the end zone in the third quarter for the Tigers’ final score. Chamberlain racked up a team-high 68 yards rushing for Ipswich.
The one thing the Tigers couldn’t do was stop Amesbury’s offense. The Indians (3-2) scored on three of their first five possessions, as quarterback Matt Talbot (6 for 9, 89 yards passing) threw three touchdown passes in the first half, two to Shawn Bannon and another to Tim Scanlon.
The Indians tacked on two rushing touchdowns in the second half, both of which came from midfield worth a combined 102 yards. Ben Cullen (8 carries for 89 yards) scored from 50 yards out, while Bobby Campbell hit pay dirt on his only carry of the game, good from 52 yards away.
“Their coaches had them prepared, and we weren’t,” Flaherty said. “It’s kind of confusing to me, but that’s what football is — you have to make adjustments and try to find a better way to peak at the right time.”