HAMILTON — There is nothing fancy about what the Lynnfield High football team does.
The Pioneers alternate running the ball between shifty Kyle McGah and their elusive quarterback, Mike Karavetsos, mixing in the occasional out pass. Defensively, they’re tough as nails and have a front seven that makes it very difficult to run against.
And oh yeah, they win quite frequently, too.
That was the case once again Saturday afternoon as host Hamilton-Wenham scored early but couldn’t find the scoreboard again until late in the contest, falling 25-14 to the Pioneers.
“They deserved to win,” Hamilton-Wenham head coach Andrew Morency said of Lynnfield, which had three times as many rushing yards as his team had Saturday and a large advantage in time of possession. “They’re tough, and like any good football team, they capitalized on our mistakes.
“They limited us on plays that can sometimes go for 10 or 15 yards. They’d give us five yards here, seven yards there, but never let us break a big one.”
The loss, Hamilton-Wenham’s third in eight games this season, dropped them to 1-1 in Northeastern Conference/Cape Ann League Tiger 4 play heading into Friday’s game at North Reading (6-1 overall, 2-0 league).
Trailing by six points (12-6) at halftime, the Generals ran just three offensive plays in the third quarter as Lynnfield dominated the ball and the clock. That continued into the final stanza; with less than five minutes to play, Hamilton-Wenham had still only had the ball for eight offensive plays in the half.
“Every year they have a good team and it’s a battle every time we play them,” said Lynnfield head coach Neal Weidman, his team 2-0 in Tier 4 and 6-2 on the season.
“The game plan against them has to be contain them on offense and keep it out of 12’s (Lyons’) hands. That’s how you have to beat them; eventually, (Lyons) will do something great with the ball if you give him enough chances.”