The Generals had momentum on their side early on when captain Trevor Lyons (155 yards passing) found junior end Christian Ecker for a 15-yard scoring pass and a 6-0 lead. But Lynnfield responded with a 17-play drive that took nearly eight minutes to complete as Karavetsos scrambled in from five yards out to tie the game. He would lead all ballcarriers with 142 yards rushing Saturday.
On its next possession, Hamilton-Wenham fumbled the football away. “We needed points there. You could feel the momentum swing over to them at that point — and stay with them,” Morency said.
While the Pioneers didn’t score there, they did minutes later when Tyler Palumbo returned an interception 29 yards for a score, giving his club a 12-6 halftime lead.
When McGah took it in from a yard out three plays into the fourth quarter, the Generals had to modify their offense in an attempt to get back in the game. But another interception, followed by a 34-yard scoring run off a trap by McGah, gave Lynnfield a commanding 25-6 advantage.
“They ball controlled us,” Morency said. “They get (Karavetsos) and (McGah) going in sync and going downhill against you and just take the momentum from you.”
The Generals fought gamely, racing downfield behind six consecutive completions by Lyons culminating in a 9-yard scoring slant to Ecker. Pete Duval’s 2-point conversion catch cut the deficit to 11 points, but the Pioneers fell on the ensuing onside kick attempt.
Senior two-way lineman Matt Vogus had another outstanding day in the trenches for Hamilton-Wenham, which plays at 6-1 North Reading on Friday night (7 p.m.).