GLOUCESTER — It seemed this could be the year Danvers finally turned the page on what has become a one-sided Thanksgiving Day rivalry with Gloucester.

But behind a 137-yard, two-touchdown performance by running back Kyle Lucido, Gloucester got the better of the Falcons, 35-20, for their sixth Thanksgiving win in a row.

"It's a great way to end the season," first-year Gloucester coach Tony Zerilli said. "We started with a really young team and to win the last two out of three, it's a good way to end on a high note."

With two teams largely dependent on their ground game, yesterday's contest quickly developed into smashmouth, drag-out field position battle.

Following an early Gloucester score, Danvers (4-7) capitalized on an interception by senior co-captain Nick Valles and a 64-yard run by Valles' brother, Alex, to set up a 1-yard TD plunge by quarterback Paul Nicolo. That Falcons' score cut the Gloucester lead to 7-6 and built momentum heading into halftime.

"We started off a little slow," Nicolo said, "But going into halftime, we had a lot of momentum."

With Danvers set to receive the ball at the start of the third quarter, it seemed likely they'd have a chance to ride that momentum and take control of the game. It all sputtered out, though, when their ensuing two drives ended in fumbles, and Gloucester (2-9) had no problem translating those turnovers into two quick scores.

"Definitely a smashmouth football game," Danvers coach Sean Rogers said. "We started the second half with a turnover; that stopped the momentum."

And while Danvers made a worthy attempt at a comeback behind a career day by Nicolo — who finished with 141 yards and two TDs through the air and 31 yards and a score via the ground — the cushy lead they'd handed Gloucester to start the second half proved too much

In typical Gloucester style, it wore the Danvers defense down and grinded out the clock in the second half with an unrelenting running attack. Paced by co-captain Lucido, Gloucester finished the day with 234 yards rushing.

"We limited our mistakes on offense and we forced two big turnovers on defense," Zerilli said. "It wasn't just the turnovers, it was capitalizing on them afterward."

The Falcons boarded their bus back home with the disappointment of another loss and of a season they felt could have been far more successful.

"I think that our record doesn't indicate how good of a football team we are," Rogers said. "Not the season that we wanted for the talent that we had."

Gloucester 35, Danvers 20

at Newell Stadium, Gloucester

Danvers (4-7)0668 — 20

Gloucester (2-9)071414— 35

G - Devin Hemeon 3 run (Dan Gonzales kick)

D - Paul Nicolo 1 run (kick blocked)

G - Hemeon 1 run (Gonzales kick)

G -Kyle Lucido 39 run (Gonzales kick)

D - Alex Valles 5 pass from Nicolo (pass failed)

G - Lucido 1 run (Gonzales kick)

G - Matt Taormina 26 pass from Lenny Taormina (Gonzales kick)

D - A. Valles pass 6 from Nicolo (Nick Valles rush)

INDIVIDUAL STATS

RUSHING: Danvers — Alex Valles 6-70, Nick Valles 10-35, Paul Nicolo 5-31, Jake Palazola 7-21, Alex Grant 3-9; Gloucester — Kyle Lucido 19-137, Mark Horgan 6-37, Hemeon 12-34, Nick Taormina 5-21.

PASSING: Danvers — Paul Nicolo 7-17-141-2-0; Gloucester— L. Taormina 4-10-65-1-2.

RECEIVING: Danvers — Anthony Garron 3-78, A. Valles 3-43, N. Valles 1-20; Gloucester — M. Taormina 2-44, Zach Smith 1-21, Horgan 1-18

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