The game started with a bang for H-W as signal caller Trevor Lyons and junior wide out Christian Ecker connected throughout the first half.
The Generals took a 19-13 lead into the locker room after three touchdown passes from Lyons to Ecker which all came on the fade pass. Ecker hauled in touchdowns of 16, 35 and 16 yards all in the first half. On the first score, Ecker ripped the ball away from Evan Wade.
Wade suffered an injury on the ensuing kickoff and went H-W got the ball back the Generals went right after his replacement.
North Reading adjusted nicely putting Scott McDonough on Ecker in the second half and though it stopped the fade pass, Ecker did add his fourth receiving touchdown of the day on a 14-yard slant to make it 40-27 in the fourth quarter. Ecker appeared to fumble as he crossed the plane but officials ruled he was already into the end zone when the ball came out.
“We said they were going to come out firing on all cylinders. We just told ‘em (Hornets’ players) to weather the storm, settle down and play football,” noted North Reading head coach Jeff Wall,his team 7-1. “We switched and put a different kid on him (Ecker) and we hoped for the best really, that was a bout it. We did a lot of praying.”
North Reading hopes it will have similar fortune on its side on Thanksgiving when the Hornets will travel to face Lynnfield for the NEC/CAL Tier Four title.