AMESBURY — Veteran Amesbury coach Thom Connors called Saturday’s 37-24 win over Hamilton–Wenham perhaps his club’s best victory of the last two years.
It’s safe to say he will get no argument on that point from the Indians’ offensive of line or, for that matter, the plethora of Amesbury backs who ran for a country mile behind them.
Amesbury (2-2) racked up a whopping 302 yards on 51 carries and when you add that gaudy total to a proficient passing attack and an opportunistic, bend-but-don’t-break defense, the Indians were all smiles after this impressive matinee performance at Landry Stadium.
“This was a game that we needed to play and our best game by far,” said Connors who saw his team rally from a pair of touchdown deficits in the first half to outscore the high octane visitors, 23-8, the rest of the way behind its proficient front seven which is anchored by senior tackle and captain Curran O’Connor.
Amesbury QB Matt Talbot (15 rushes, 113 yards, TD) and junior back Ben Cullen (14 rushes, 90 yards, TD) were the big beneficiaries of the seven-valve blocking machine up front, but so too was the Amesbury defense as the Indians controlled possession.
H-W’s dynamic QB Trevor Lyons still managed to light the Indians up to the tune of 309 yards in the air and another 53 on the ground. Two interceptions, especially Perry Mroz’ pick in the end zone to seal it with 1:34 to play, proved costly for the two-time reigning CAL/NEC Tier 4 champs.
Lyons (18-for-31, 309 yards, 2 TDs, 2 INTs) and the Generals wasted little time getting on the board first as the all-league QB connected on four of his first five passes, including a 23-yard scoring strike to lanky 6-foot-3 wideout Jimmy Campbell, who had a field day in the first half against a smaller Amesbury secondary.