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September 7, 2013

Up tempo offense sends Marblehead soaring past Danvers in season opener

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As a result, there were gaping holes for Tyrrell, Ben Anderson (45 yards and a TD on 6 carries) and Millett (44 carries on 5 attempts) to run through. “Brooks was a horse; he made holes that weren’t there before he slipped through them,” said Rudloff.

When Millett dropped back to pass, he was given plenty of time to set up and find Jeremy Gillis, wideout Brian Daly (4 catches for 74 yards and 2 scores, including a 54-yard TD pass from backup Spencer Craig) and Will Millett (1 catch, 9 yards).

The Magicians equaled both their largest ever margin of victory over Danvers and largest shutout in the series by either team; they bested the Oniontowners by the same score in 1944. Marblehead has now won eight straight in the overall series, which they lead 47-34.

“We hung tough for the first half, but there were a lot of mistakes,” admitted Danvers head coach Sean Rogers. “It’s the tackling, it’s the blocking, it’s running the correct routes.

“We were prepared; we just didn’t respond.”

Including sacks, Danvers had just 68 yards of offense on the night. Junior quarterback Nick Andreas found senior captain Anthony Cordoba on all but one of his six pass completions, good for 32 yards.

Tyrrell’s 3-yard plunge and a Jeremy Gillis conversion rush made it 8-0 Marblehead after one quarter. Millett hooked up with Daly (6 yards) and Jeremy Gillis (34 yards) on pop passes to make it 22-0 at the half. Tyrrell (2 yards) and Anderson (3 yards) added rushing touchdowns in the third quarter before Craig found Daly alone down the left sideline in the fourth for the game’s final score.

“Tyrrell runs hard; he makes the first guy miss and then always surges forward after he’s hit, getting more positive yardage,” said Rogers. “And (Millett), we challenged him to throw into man coverage and, to his credit, he made the plays. No. 23 (Gillis) also made some great catches in tough coverage.”

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