“We really worked the spread at practice, knowing they realize we defend the Wing-T well and would have to go to something else,” said Zerilli.
Gloucester scored early and often. Quarterback Ian Kennedy capped off a six-play, 53-yard drive on Gloucester’s first possession with a 4-yard score. Senior captain Drew Shairs, a 290-pound lineman, added the conversion to make it 8-0.
The Falcons defense forced a punt on the next drive, but Gloucester answered by forcing a 3-and-out and partially blocked a Danvers punt, thus setting up shop at the Falcons’ 24. Two plays later, Conor Harris took a double reverse 24 yards for a touchdown, Shairs would add another conversion to make it 16-0.
Things went from bad to worse for Danvers from there. After yet another 3-and-out the snap went over the Danvers punter’s head and was downed at the 3-yard line. Jordan Pallazola scored from a yard out and another Shairs conversion made it 24-0. Jon Good added a 12-yard score on the ensuing drive before Danvers captain Alex Valles found the end zone from 28 yards out after the Fishermen fumbled a punt, making it 30-6 late in the first half.
But just before the break Kennedy hit Harris with a 19-yard pass and Shairs plunged in from a yard out with a half-second remaining, giving the Fishermen a 37-6 halftime lead.
John Curcuru raced 43 yards for a score to open the second half and Kennedy capped the scoring for the hosts with a 55-yard touchdown to make it 49-6 after three.
Danvers added a pair of fourth quarter scores on a 20-yard TD run from Valles and a 9-yard run from junior Chris Behen.
“The seniors have a lot to be proud of,” said Rogers. “They’ve done a lot to get better each year and won a championship in their last year. They have a lot to be proud of.”