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November 23, 2012

Hamilton-Wenham holds off furious finish by Ipswich

HAMILTON — No one was surprised to see the Hamilton-Wenham football team lean on its senior leader, quarterback Trevor Lyons, in the Generals’ Thanksgiving Day clash with Ipswich yesterday. And as expected, Lyons responded nicely with a pair of passing touchdowns and a rushing touchdown while making a handful of fine defensive plays.

But the biggest play in H-W’s 26-21 come-back win over the Tigers came from the Generals’ other senior captain.

After the Ipswich (2-8) defense got its first stop in four tries on fourth down late in the fourth quarter, the Tigers needed only a few first downs to churn down the clock and escape with a one-point road win. But on Ipswich’s first play, H-W (6-4) captain Matt Vogus ripped the ball out of Peter Moutevelis’ hands and fell on the pigskin to give the Generals the ball back on the Tigers 16-yard line with 5:30 left.

“I wanted to make a play for my team. I got my hand in there, felt the ball and just went from there,” said Vogus.

Five plays later freshman Cam Macri put the Generals on top for good with a 2-yard touchdown run. H-W head coach Andrew Morency has come to expect those types of plays from Vogus.

“That’s the type of kid Vogus is. He does those type of plays all year long,” said H-W head coach Andrew Morency. “He never gives up and always has his head in the game. He’s physical, he’s tough and we’re going to miss him next year. I’m very happy for Matt; he played well today.”

H-W came out throwing and Lyons connected with senior receiver Ben Kozlowski on a 20-yard touchdown, in which both Ipswich defensive backs followed Christian Ecker on a fly, leaving Kozlowski wide open up the middle. The touchdown pass was Lyons’ 15th of the season, giving him the single-season record for touchdown passes at H-W.

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