By Dan Harrison
---- — 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.
For Lyons, the win was far more important.
“It felt good, but nothing compares to the win on Thanksgiving with my team,” explained Lyons. “I couldn’t have asked for a better group to
do it with. Breaking the record is cool, but beating Ipswich three years in a row to end my career feels a lot better.”
After rushing for a 1-yard touchdown in the second quarter, Lyons added another touchdown pass in the half when he connected with Kozlowski for a 26-yard touchdown pass that came on fourth-and-25 late in the second half.
The score proved to be a big one.
After Lyons’ rushing touchdown put H-W ahead 14-0, Ipswich senior captain John Elnagger took the ensuing kickoff 86 yards for the touchdown to give the Tigers life before the second half.
Ipswich continued to carry the momentum, and the football in the second half as Moutevelis (14 rushes, 51 yards) and fullback Derek Chamberlain (9-88) came alive behind a determined Ipswich offensive line.
Chamberlain scored second half rushing touchdowns of 38 and 19 yards, the latter giving the Tigers a 21-20 lead in the fourth quarter.
“We really didn’t find any rhythm in the first half. We didn’t get a lot of possessions offensively and the few we had there were some
mistakes, so it wasn’t like they were beating our blocks,” said Flaherty. “We cleaned it up at halftime. We came out and stuck to our guns, fixed those two or three mistakes and we moved the ball the way I thought we could. It was spectacular, I love how the line blocked for ‘em. It was how we choreographed it all week. Pound ‘em with 20 (Moutevelis) and 40 (Chamberlain).”
Ipswich moved the ball on the ground and through the air on its final drive thanks to a pair of first-down catches by Nate Glaster, who burned the Generals on two nice slant routes. Ipswich had first-and-10 on the H-W 11-yard line with over a minute to play, but after
Chamberlain was stuffed up the middle on first down the Tigers went back to the slant pass.
H-W defended it well the first two times before defensive lineman Nathan Rawlins batted down a fourth-down pass to seal the game. Lyons and Vogus each had a tackle for a loss while Lyons added an interception.
Hamilton-Wenham 26, Ipswich 21
Ipswich (2-8) 0 7 7 7 — 21
Hamilton-Wenham (6-4) 7 13 0 6 — 26
HW-Ben Kozlowski 20 pass from Trevor Lyons (Adam Penner kick)
HW-Lyons 1 run (Penner kick)
I-John Elnagger 86 kickoff return (Kyle Barber kick)
HW-Kozlowski 26 pass from Lyons (kick failed)
I-Derek Chamberlain 38 run (Barber kick)
I-Chamberlain 19 run (Barber kick)
HW-Cam Macri 2 run (pass failed)
RUSHING: Ipswich — Derek Chamberlain 9-88, Peter Moutevelis 14-51, Henry Sacco 3-9; Hamilton-Wenham — Trevor Lyons 16-50, Cam Macri 10-44, Steve Turpin 3-0.
PASSING: Ipswich — Kyle Blomster 4-12-50-0-1; Hamilton-Wenham — Lyons 12-21-173-2-0.
RECEIVING: Ipswich — Nate Glaster 2-29, Sacco 1-14, Robbie Glavin 1-7; Hamilton-Wenham — Peter Duval 5-67, Ben Kozlowski 3-57, Christian Ecker 3-34, Ian Dickey 1-15.
you ought to know "I've been playing with these people for five years. They are great and I couldn't ask for anything better. You can look at any other team and I guarantee you will see no other team that keeps its head up and plays like a team like we do," Ipswich senior captain John Elnagger said about his team's camaraderie. H-W ran 31 first half plays on offense to Ipswich's 13. The second half told a different story as Ipswich grinded out first downs and held a 25-19 advantage in offensive plays ran. Freshman Cam Macri had four kickoff returns for 75 yards for Hamilton-Wenham, which finished 3 for 4 on fourth down in the game. H-W head coach Andrew Morency on Lyons, who leaves H-W with the single season passing touchdowns and rushing touchdowns records after just two seasons under center: "Trevor left his mark for sure. It's pretty amazing. I said at the rotary (club) banquet (earlier this week), Trevor is one of, if not the greatest players to ever play (at HW). Trevor put everything on the line today. He deserves it." Needing stops in the second half, the Ipswich defense stepped up huge, allowing just 15 H-W rushing yards on 11 attempts.