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November 1, 2013

Moving the Chains: Dickey, Hamilton-Wenham excited for playoffs


Dickey had a career-high 239 yards in the win over Georgetown that clinched the playoffs. He’s run for 100 yards or more in five straight games, and says his strategy is simply to look for daylight behind his offensive line.

“It was a little unexpected at first, but I always prepare for each week and try to do my best. I’ve got a great line in front of me helping the whole time,” said Dickey. “I think a lot of it was just me getting used to playing the position, getting used to reading the blocks and understanding my role.”

H-W’s line is led by stalwart Nolan Wilson, a converted tight end, at tackle. Senior leadership and toughness have played big roles on the interior line, with guards Andrew Cavanaugh and Luke Sproce opening holes and center Drake Little making calls. Sophomore James Craig has been solid at the other tackle spot.

They’ll need to be on thier game against a physical Pentucket team that wants to control the pace and the football. Signal caller Ryan Kuchar had thrown for 563 yards and 6 TDs and the Sachems’ lead rusher is Jeff Porter (372 yards, 6 TDs).

“It’s a team typical of coach (Steve) Hayden, with a bevy of running backs, a disciplined line and some good tight ends,” said Morency. “The thing that really stands out is they have a really good quarterback. He looks like one of the tougher guys around.”

Generals QB Jack Clay can move the chains, too, with 880 yards passing and two big targets in Christian Ecker and Jimmy Campbell. H-W is also hoping Macri, who has been cleared to practice and figures to be a game-time decision, can contribute.

The Generals started the year 0-2, and have won three of their last five to get to 3-4. By winning the tiebreaker to finish second in the Cape Ann League’s Baker Division, they earned an automatic qualifier into the playoffs.

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