High flying Marblehead (5-0) has scored at least five touchdowns in each of its game this season. Headed into Hurd Stadium for tomorrow’s 2 p.m. kickoff, why should the Magicians be concerned offensively?
Mostly because Beverly’s historically been one of the better defenses against the spread under coach Dan Bauer. Over the last three seasons, the Panthers haven’t allowed more than three touchdowns in a game against either Marblehead or Swamspcott, the area’s premier spread offenses.
In fact, Beverly (1-3) has held Marblehead to 14, 13 and 14 points in the last three meetings, though the Magicians scored 39 and 33, respectively, in the two meetings prior to that. Swampscott hasn’t hung more than three TDs on Beverly since 2007.
Magicians QB Matt Millett had done an excellent job reading defenses so far this year and leading running back Brooks Tyrrell certainly adds a dimension beyond the passing game. Beverly has always had a knack for matching the pre-snap movements of any spread offense, and that’s the “game-within-the-game” to keep an eye on tomorrow afternoon.
Ex-Marblehead linebacker Josh Freedland, now a junior at Bates, had a game-winning interception in his own end zone last weekend to seal the Bobcats’ win over Williams.
It was his second career interception and made a memorable end to a game in which he recorded the first two sacks of his college career and also forced a fumble.
Freedland was one of the starting linebackers on Marblehead’s first Super Bowl team back in 2009.
The last time Danvers beat Lynn Classical was back in 2005, and ironically that was the also the last time the Falcon football team earned a conference championship. Those two things accomplishments could go together again this season should Danvers top the Rams tonight at Manning Field.
Both teams are unbeaten in league play and the winner would be the only Northeastern Conference South team without a league loss.