, Salem, MA


October 22, 2012

Bulldogs win rout in record-setting performance

MIDDLETON — School records were falling like colorful leaves off the trees Saturday at Barry Field.

The North Shore Tech/Essex Aggie football team set a school record for most points in a half, biggest margin of victory over an opponent and its biggest shutout ever in throtting Mystic Valley, 60-0.

The offense clicked on all cylinders and the defense made big play after big play as the Bulldogs scored 30 points in the first quarter and 24 more in the second stanza in their Commonwealth Conference Small opener.

The Bulldogs (5-2) could do no wrong, scoring on the first six possessions. The defense then recorded a safety when Bryan Jackson tackled Mystic Valley’s Amro Ali in the end zone, and on the ensuing kickoff Yordany Sanchez returned it for a 45-yard score and 54-0 halftime lead.

“We played precision football and executed very well,” said North Shore Tech/Essex Aggie coach Paul Worth, whose team has won four of five games at home this season. “Honestly, I’m a little surprised at the score because Mystic Valley played Whittier very tough last weekend.

“What happened today was because of the quality opponents we play. Those games prepared us well, and in the second half we were able to get a look at a lot of young kids. For many of them, this was their first taste of varsity action.”

It was the second-most ever scored in one football game by the Bulldogs, surpassed only by their 2004 game against Manchester Essex, a 63-32 triumph.

The Bulldogs were hungry, coming off a tough loss to Shawsheen in overtime last week. They quickly put that behind them with a punishing running game on Saturday led by junior Ross Murphy, who had touchdown runs of 14, 47 and 5 yards. By halftime he had rushed for 127 yards on seven carries before Worth went with the backups the entire second half.

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