said after Friday night’s win over Winthrop. “Nick wasn’t even on the depth charts last year, and he wasn’t even on the depth charts this summer. I had no expectations of Nick helping us out this year ... maybe a little on special teams. But now he’s starting for us both ways and he’s just been phenomenal.
“We’ve had kids step up for us that are doing things for us that we never in a million years expected.”
Rudloff hopes his team continues to grow throughout the next stretch of non-league games against Minnechaug, Newburyport and Malden Catholic.
Minnechaug was a late addition to the schedule after there was a mixup with a game Marblehead believed it had scheduled with Hingham.
Minnechaug, a Division 1 team from Western Mass., is a bit of an unknown. According to masslive.com, the Falcons are 3-0 and like to play at a fast pace. Quarterback Alan McDonald has thrown for over 500 yards and four touchdowns so far, and running back Ben Sheehan has rushed for 393 yards and six touchdowns. K.J. White and Joshua Henry
are two of McDonald’s favorite targets.
“We have two Div. 1 opponents in the next four weeks (plus) Newburyport, so it’s a tough road ahead,” Rudloff said. “We could get thumped pretty hard. It’s good to get this phase of the season over with; now we’re going to go up against some guys that can really put a hurt on us if we don’t get better.”
According to Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School records, Trevor Lyons’ 91-yard touchdown pass to Christian Ecker last Saturday broke a six-year-old record, besting a 90-yarder thrown by John Mattook
Even though it happened in Week 3 and wasn’t a league matchup, Hamilton-Wenham’s 12-7 victory over Newburyport was huge.