By Gianna Addario
---- — HAMILTON — The Hamilton-Wenham football team is in somewhat of a quandary this season.
While the Generals return seven starters on offense and nine starters on defense, there’s a huge void in the lineup after graduating their starting quarterback from last year, Trevor Lyons.
“It’s an interesting situation,” explained head coach Andrew Morency. “We lose a kid like Trevor, who’s been historically good, but we only lost seven seniors off a team of 49. I think it’s a good problem to have in the sense, it makes the kids who have experience prove that they can win without a Trevor. I think the kids have really embraced it.”
Morency, now in his eighth year as head coach, has two seniors vying for the starting quarterback position — Jack Clay and Ian Dickey.
With 13 seniors on the team, Peter Duval and Christian Ecker were elected team captains for this season. Duval and Ecker are the only returning starters left from the 2011 team, which lost in the Divsion 3B Super Bowl. Ecker, meanwhile, returns as the leading receiver (404 yards, 9 TDs) for Hamilton-Wenham.
“We have a great offensive line this season, with a bunch of senior starters,” noted Duval. “All the experience that we have back, gives us a lot of potential and a lot of leadership— so we should be good.”
Another giant impact player, sophomore Cam Macri will be back at running back. Last season, Macri ran for 452 yards a freshman and ran in the game-winning touchdown against Bishop Fenwick in overtime.
“Besides Trevor, he was that go-to guy last season,” Morency said. “Cam is someone with explosive speed and always a winner when it comes to football, he’s just that type of kid. Going into this season, he’s the feature back for us, he knows it and he’s embracing it. The sky’s the limit for Cam’s abilities and he’ll be fun to watch this fall.”
With the new playoff system, Morency feels like the Generals have a better chance at getting back to the postseason. With their eyes on the prize, they’re a confident group led by their senior class.
“If you take care business and win the games, it’s all going to end up where you would’ve been anyway,” Morency said. “We’re a confident group with a lot of seniors who have experience and can show the younger kids what it takes to be a champion.”
The Generals dropped traditional regular-season foes Newburyport and Triton from their schedule, but continue to play Bishop Fenwick, Amesbury and North Reading.