IPSWICH — The Ipswich High football team picked up its first win under head coach Greg Brotherton last night in a 14-0 shutout win over visiting Georgetown.
The victory meant even more to Brotherton, a former Tigers star and first-year head man, considering that legendary Ipswich coach Jack Welch — who coached Brotherton in the 1990s — was in attendance for the win. Immediately after the game, the two men embraced on the sideline.
“Doing it in front of him was special. He was my high school coach and role model growing up,” said Brotherton of Welch. “He gave me a hug on the sideline, and the hair on the back of my neck was sticking up”
The Tigers (1-3) saw senior quarterback Kyle Blomster really begin to grab hold of the offense. Instead of relying on his go-to receiver, Nate Glaster (1 catch for 18 yards), Blomster was making the right reads in the pocket and hit five different receivers in the game. He finished 13-of-17 for 121 yards and a 20-yard touchdown pass tom Aleks Kuljic in the third quarter..
Blomster also had a team-high 79 yards rushing on just five carries, including a huge 48-yard touchdown run on Ipswich’s opening drive to give the hosts a quick 7-0 advantage.
“You can’t lock in on one guy. Kyle was making the right reads,” explained Brotherton. “We threw the ball 17 times and I’d say on 14 of those, he made the right read.”
Junior Eddie Flaherty continues to be the do-it-all man for the Tigers. After his 14-tackle performance last week against Hamilton-Wenham, Flaherty was once again a force on defense in making a pair of tackles in the backfield in the second half. After Georgetown (0-4) recovered a whacky onsides kick to begin the third quarter, Flaherty intercepted Royals’ signal caller Daniel Lambert on fourth down. On offense, Flaherty rushed for 22 yards on seven carries and had four catches for 28 yards.