PEABODY — All night long Trevor Lyons had been carrying the load for Hamilton-Wenham, but with the game on the line in overtime coach Andrew Morency called on freshman Cameron Macri on first down from the 10-yard line. The ninth grader sliced his way into the end zone to give the Generals a hard fought 14-8 victory and hand host Bishop Fenwick it’s first loss.
The game was all tied up at 8-8 at the end of regulation after a great defensive stand by the Crusaders, stopping Lyons from the one yard-line twice in the final seconds after he had completed a nine-yard pass to Ben Kozlowski to set up a second-and-goal from the one.
In overtime each team gets the ball at the 10-yard line and has four plays to score. Fenwick went first and ran four running plays. Rufus Rushins, who had 25 carries for 159 yards, picked up five to set up a fourth-and-one at the one but was stopped inches short of the goal line.
Hamilton-Wenham then had four plays from the 10, but needed only one as the hard running Macri broke up the middle to end the game.
“We needed something to get the heat off Lyons because Fenwick was keying on him,” said Morency, his team now 3-2. “Football is a game of inches, and we came within inches of scoring right at the end. Then Rushins was very close to getting in when Fenwick got the ball (in overtime).
“Give Bishop Fenwick a lot of credit because they were very tough defensively. What a great game between two very competitive schools. This is always a great rivalry.”
Both teams had several chances to get on the board in the first half, but fumbles, interceptions, or big fourth down defensive stands kept it a scoreless game until the third quarter when Lyons took his team down the field on the opening drive.