Senior running back Chris Sudak got the ball rolling when he scampered up the right sideline for a 38-yard touchdown in the opening minute of play. The next time the Bulldogs got the ball, fullback Tyler Skane broke up the middle for an 18-yard TD run. Murphy then struck for two in a row, followed by a quarterback keeper by Tim Anderson, and another Murphy touchdown after Dan Bailey recovered a MV fumble.
“This was a big win for us because it’s our first league game,” said Anderson, who is from Beverly. He also made the biggest hit of the afternoon on Yosef Abuhasan to prevent a completion. “It’s a good start ... our offense was unstoppable, and emotionally a big win like this will help us.
“We’re a tight family already, and this just brings us closer. Everybody did a great job; this shows our younger guys what they’ve got to do to help us win.”
The Bulldogs rushed for 228 yards in the first half alone and finished with 291 total, even though the clock was running for the entire second half.
The second unit put together an 11 play, 63-yard scoring drive, capped by Ian LaFavour’s QB keeper from a yard out early in the fourth quarter. The NST/EA defense was dominant, holding the Eagles (coached by former Ipswich head man Rollie Hinckley) to only two first downs, and one came as the result of a penalty on North Shore.
The victory capped a big day for the Bulldogs, who started off with an alumni football game followed by a Powder Puff game between the senior and junior girls.