HAMILTON –The Hamilton-Wenham football team’s coaching staff challenged its players to put together a complete game and the Generals delivered.
After the defense stopped Winthrop inside the 10 on the opening series, the Generals’ offense went to work and the hosts came away with a 35-7 victory in a non-playoff game on Saturday at home.
“Our goal is to finish the season strong and to put together a complete game,” said Hamilton-Wenham senior quarterback Ian Coffey, who completed 15-of-21 passes for 299 yards and four touchdowns (1 interception) and rushed for 76 yards and one touchdown on 15 carries.
Three of Coffey’s touchdown passes went to junior Ryan Monahan (9 catches, 180 yards). Chris Domoracki caught the first one, a 10-yard scoring play, with 3:41 left in the first with his feet just inside the left pylon of the goal line.
Monahan caught his first with 2:43 left in the second quarter, when he caught the ball in the middle of the end zone for a 7-yard score.
Tristan McCarthy set up the Generals’ third touchdown when he picked off a pass and returned it to the Winthrop 49. Eight plays later, on the final play of the half, Coffey found Monahan again for a 19-yard touchdown pass. On the conversion, Coffey threw to Colby Cala to make it 21-0 at the half.
“It was good play calling,” said Hamilton-Wenham coach Jim Pugh, whose team improved to 3-5. “But Ian creates a lot of our offense and he’s been doing it all year.”
Said Coffey, “The offensive line gives me a lot of time and the receivers catch the ball. My job is easy. The line gives me the time and the receivers catch it.”
In the second half, Coffey scored himself on a 9-yard keeper around the left end and threw a 34-yard touchdown pass to Monahan to cap off the scoring with 9:18 left in the fourth quarter.
“Coffey is one of the best players we’ve seen all year,” said Winthrop coach Jon Cadigan. “We play in a tough league, but he’s as good as we’ve seen and they’re a playoff team. Jim does a very good job coaching them.”
Winthrop (2-6) got on the board after Bobby Hubert recovered a fumble on the opening series of the second half at the H-W 36. Seven plays later, Hubert (13 carries, 91 yards) ran up the middle from the 10 for the touchdown.
The Vikings threatened three other times in the game but the Generals stopped them on fourth down on the game’s opening drive and picked off passes in the end zone twice.
At the start of the game, Winthrop drove from its own 35 to the Hamilton-Wenham 9 on 10 plays, all running. On fourth and 2 at the 9, Colby Cala stopped Hubert for a 3-yard loss.
“It just came down to heart,” said Hamilton-Wenham senior linebacker Finn Brophy, who made seven tackles unofficially. “The seniors stepped up. The underclassmen stepped up.”
With H-W up 28-7, the Vikings made it to the Generals’ 4 before McCarthy made his second interception of the day in the end zone.
After Coffey’s final touchdown pass to Monahan, Winthrop made it to the 11 but Monahan made the pick in the end zone.