Diaz steals show as Reggies hammer No. 1 Manchester Essex in North final

MANCHESTER — Manchester Essex head football coach Jeff Hutton could only tip his cap to Greater Lawrence after Friday’s Division 7 North Final.

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Royals dominate to cap turnaround season

MANCHESTER — Thursday’s Thanksgiving Day game between Manchester Essex and Georgetown appeared to be a good matchup on paper. Both teams came in with a winning record on the line. 
But Georgetown rolled past the Hornets 35-0 at Hyland Field. 
With the win, the Royals took home the Eric Dimao/Fran York Trophy and finish off the season at 6-4, their first winning season since 2008 and a huge jump from last year’s 1-10 record. The Hornets finish up at 5-6.
“Hats off to the seniors, we fought hard and wanted to make a statement,” Royals head coach Eric McCarthy said. “We were on the wrong side of the score last year so we wanted to make sure this year’s result was different. All the hard work that these guys have put in during the offseason paid off.”
The Royals led 14-0 at the break. 
In the third quarter, Mark Mansfield scored his second touchdown of the morning with a 9-yard run to give the Royals a 21-0 lead.
The Royals put the game away with two more touchdowns in the fourth quarter. Senior Jon Lavina scored on a 29-yard pass from Tommy Long and Cam Barnard scored from two yards out. 
The Royals’ first score came when the speedy junior Mansfield raced 73 yards to paydirt with 5:08 remaining in the first quarter. 
Midway through the second quarter, junior Anthony D’Amato ran 28 yards for a score. 
Manchester Essex’s best scoring drive of the game came at the very end of the first half but D’Amato picked off a Charlie Otterbein pass in the end zone.
“Georgetown is a good team and coach Eric McCarthy does a great job with them,” Hutton said. “You have to hand it to them, they played a great game.”

Georgetown 35, Manchester 0
Georgetown (6-4): 7 7 14 7 — 35
Manchester (5-6): 0 0  0 0 —  0
First Quarter
 G — Mark Mansfield 82 run (Jimmy Sherman kick)
Second Quarter
 G — Anthony D’Amato 48 run (Sherman kick)
Third Quarter
 G — Mansfield 8 run (Sherman kick)
 G — Sherman 32 pass from Tommy Long (Sherman kick)
Fourth Quarter
 G — Cam Barnard 4 run (Sherman kick)

RUSHING: Georgetown — Mark Mansfield 18-99; Tommy Long 5-29; Anthony D’Amato 3-15; Jim Sherman 1-5; Evan Guyer 1-3; Hunter Lane 1-3. Manchester Essex — Robbie Sarmanian 12-32; Jake Athanas 8-19; Charlie Otterbein 3-21; Danny Rodier 9-27
PASSING: Georgetown — Long 2-4-1, 43;  Guyer 1-1-0, 25; Manchester Essex —  Otterbein 5-12-1, 72
RECEIVING: Georgetown — Lavina 2-43; Colin Dow 1-25. Manchester Essex — Athanas 4-38; Sarmanian 1-4; Jackson Levendusky 3-30
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Manchester Essex too much for Royals

GEORGETOWN— Heavily favored Manchester Essex proved its dominance from the outset in a 39-8 win over Georgetown. Senior Chris Carr ran for 182 yards and three touchdowns to give him a season total of 1,016 yards. "Well, that's how you want to end it, right?" M-E head coach Jeff Hutton said. "We talked all week about playing our first full game of 44 minutes. To go as hard as we can go, give it our best and we did that today." The Hornets (6-4) struck first after recovering a fumble on the Royals 17. Carr ran it in on the first play of the drive. Later in the first frame Carr took it to the house on a 52-yard run to extend the lead to 13-0.   Manchester Essex used a little trickery to extend the lead early in the second quarter. Quarterback Charlie Otterbein threw a backwards pass to split end Jake Rich, who hit Evan Pennoyer for a perfectly executed 38-yard touchdown pass. Carr would add a third touchdown, this one from 11-yards out, to take the Hornets into the half with a 25-0 lead. The Hornets added two more scores in the third quarter, a two yard run by Jack Hennigan, and a Robbie Sarmanian eight yard pass from Cosmo Pallazola, before Jimmy Sherman got the Royals (1-10) on the board with a 13-yard touchdown catch from Nick Calvani in the fourth. "Obviously it wasn't the result we were looking for but it shows us where we are at," Georgetown  head coach Eric McCarthy said. "We need to get bigger and stronger for next year and work hard to get better. We have a lot of kids coming back so we're excited about that."

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Late fumble dooms Whittier

MANCHESTER — Trailing by three with two minutes to play, Whittier drove the length of the field before fumbling at the Manchester Essex 15-yard line, ending the comeback bid and giving the Hornets the 15-12 win.
Whittier led 12-0 at halftime after Hunter McKinnon rushed for a 46-yard touchdown midway through the first quarter, and then Shane Mambro added a 3-yard run with five minutes to play in the second.
Manchester Essex came back with a 20-yard touchdown in the third, and then with 5:02 to play in the fourth, the Hornets took the lead for good on a 30-yard run.
Whittier (2-7) hosts O'Bryant next weekend at a time to be determined.

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Manchester, Georgetown

MANCHESTER—The Manchester Essex Regional High School football team put Friday’s Cape Ann League Baker opener against Georgetown out of reach early. The Hornets came flying out of the gates with three, first-quarter touchdowns and that was more than enough to put away Thanksgiving Day rival Georgetown by a score of 34-0 at Hyland Field. With the win the Hornets improve to 2-1 on the season, 1-0 in the CAL while Georgetown falls to 0-3. Manchester Essex set the tone right off the bat, forcing a punt on the Royals’ first drive and responding with a three-play, 54-yard drive culminating with a Chris Carr 21-yard touchdown run. Jack Hennigan’s two-point conversion made it 8-0 Hornets just four minutes into the game. After forcing a three-and-out on the ensuing Georgetown possession, led by a sack from Andrew Hantzopolous and Noah Rawson, the Manchester Essex offense went right back to work. This time it took seven plays to drive 62 yards and a Nick DiPietro 7-yard run extended the lead to 14-0 in the middle of the opening frame. The Hornets got the ball back again late in the quarter and scored again, this time on a 28-yard pass from quarterback Charlie Otterbein to Jake Rich in the back of the end zone on 4th-and-9 to make it 21-0 after the opening frame. The Royals, however, made some strong defensive adjustments making it tough on the Manchester Essex offense from there. Skyler Odle and Daniel Lavelle led the Georgetown defense. Manchester Essex did not score again until the fourth quarter when Hennigan punched it in from two yards out to make it 28-0 with just over seven minutes to play. Rob Sarmanian capped off the scoring in the middle of the fourth quarter with a 39-yard touchdown run to make it 34-0. The Hornets are back in CAL Baker action next Saturday when they travel to Hamilton-Wenham (2 p.m.). It’s been a frustrating beginning to the 2015 season for the Royals as the team has failed to be competitive in each of its first three games. Georgetown will look to improve this Friday night when it hosts Amesbury (0-3).

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Lydon interception lifts Royals

MANCHESTER — The final score (Georgetown 26, Manchester Essex 14) doesn’t tell the whole story of the Thanksgiving showdown at Hyland Field.

With just over two minutes left in regulation, the hosts trailed 20-14 and were on the Royals’ 15-yard line. Craig Carter threw to a receiver for what looked to be a tying score. But the ball hit off the receiver’s hands and helmet and bounced right into the hands of 5-10, 138-pound Georgetown defensive back Liam Lydon.

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Georgetown with stunning win in final seconds; first league win since 2010

  HAVERHILL – It was a long time coming for Georgetown, which beat Manchester Essex 14-13 in a thrilling fourth quarter comeback to claim the program’s first win of the season and its first conference victory since Thanksgiving of 2010.   Down 13-6 with three minutes to play, quarterback Cooper Martens and the Georgetown offense drove the length of the field. After Nick DePasquale came up just short of the pylon on a diving rush to the outside, Martens pushed his way in to pull the Royals within one with 10 seconds to play.   Faced with a decision of playing for the tie with an extra point, or going for two and the win, first-year coach Justin Spurr decided to lay his cards on the table and go for the win right there.   “You don’t get many chances like that,” Spurr said. “We felt like the kids were hungry and ready to do it. We knew that they had it burning inside.”   Despite a false start penalty that pushed the Royals back five yards, Georgetown wouldn’t be denied. Martens fired a short pass over the middle to tight end Nick Calvani, who caught the pass to give Georgetown the lead and the win.   An elated Spurr said after the game, “They’ve been through a lot of hard years. And it’s not about me or the coaching staff, I’m here for the kids and they deserve this win. It’s their win.”   Coming into the game, Georgetown had struggled mightily in its first two matchups, losing by four touchdowns to both Cathedral and Greater Lowell. Manchester Essex hadn’t fared much better.   That changed in the second quarter, when Manchester Essex running back Chris Carr found the end zone twice to give his team the lead. The junior tailback opened the scoring with a goal line touchdown run on fourth down early in the second quarter, and then he repeated the fourth down feat from seven yards out on the next possession after the Royals fumbled away the ensuing kickoff.   “It takes a lot out of us on defense when at halftime it’s 31-17 in plays,” Spurr said.   DePasquale cut the lead to 13-6 when he got to the edge on a sweep and scored from 13 yards out.   The Royals made the biggest defensive stand of the game when they halted a Manchester-Essex drive that would have iced the game.   The Royals, who went 2-9 last year, came up with a fourth down stop in their own territory with three minutes to play. The front seven hung tough against Carr, who ran for over 100 yards on the day, and got the stop to set up the game’s dramatic finish.  

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Dumont's 5 TDs pace M-E over Royals

—— — The Manchester Essex football team came into Thursday’s Thanksgiving Day clash against rival Georgetown with laser focus on the goal at hand; picking up a sixth win and clinching the program’s first winning season since 2009.

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Greater Lawrence stumbles in home opener

ANDOVER – Yesterday afternoon’s first half proved a bad-news-good-news situation for Greater Lawrence.

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Heikkinen, Scarpa lead Andover to blowout

ANDOVER — At 6-foot-1 and 195 pounds, Will Heikkinen is an appealing target in any situation.

When he is matched up against a defensive back standing approximately five inches shorter playing soft coverage, he was downright irresistible for Andover quarterback C.J. Scarpa.

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Strong second half gets Hornets past Royals

GEORGETOWN – Manchester Essex’s defense looked mighty suspect on the first play from scrimmage but was impenetrable after that.

The Hornets held Georgetown to just seven points in a 28-7 Thanksgiving Day victory.

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North Reading posts 2nd shutout of season

NORTH READING — North Reading head football coach Jeff Wall called yesterday’s Northeastern Conference/Cape Ann League Division 4 matchup with Manchester Essex a grind. Fortunately for Wall’s squad, they were right in their element as they controlled the clock on offense and controlled the line of scrimmage on defense en route to a 14-0 win on homecoming. The win, North Reading’s fourth straight, moves them to 5-2 on the season. It has been quite a turnaround from 1-9 seasons in 2009 and 2010. “This game was a grind,” Wall said after his club’s second shutout of the gall. “(Manchester Essex) is a scary team, they’re tough and they’re big, but we executed and made plays on defense when we needed to make them. We bent a little bit but we didn’t break.” Manchester Essex (3-5) had it’s chances twice driving into North Reading territory late in the first half and late in the fourth quarter. North Reading, however, stopped the visitors on downs in the first half and came away with an interception late in the fourth. The Hornets were led by bruising running back Carl Lipani, who ran for 179 yards and a touchdown on 33 carries. Lipani, who also added a fourth quarter interception, now has 1,225 yards and 15 TDs this season. The junior wore down Manchester Essex, picking up several key third-down conversions. On the game North Reading converted eight of 11 third-down opportunities, which may have been the difference. The biggest came on North Reading’s first drive of the game when CJ McCarthy took an inside handoff 50 yards on third down and 10 for a touchdown and a 7-0 North Reading lead. North Reading can clinch its third winning season in the last dozen years with a win next Saturday at Hamilton-Wenham.

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Coke, Zavrl power Andover to romp over Gloucester

GLOUCESTER— Andover coach E.J. Perry said the game plan was to take it to Gloucester physically.

As it turned out Perry’s squad executed the game plan to perfection as a power running game led by senior captain Andy Coke’s 198 yards and dominating play from the offensive line resulted in a 33-16 win at Newell Stadium.

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Despite fast start, Whittier falls short

HAVERHILL — The game could not have started any better for Whittier, scoring a touchdown just 50 seconds into play.

Unfortunately, the Wildcats found little offense after that, falling to Manchester Essex 15-6 yesterday afternoon.

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Defense dominates in Greater Lawrence win

ANDOVER — Despite the presence of one of the state’s most prolific running backs, the Greater Lawrence defense is what has the Reggies excited.

One week after shutting out South Boston, Greater Lawrence stifled another opponent yesterday afternoon with a convincing 18-6 victory over visiting Manchester Essex in the Commonwealth Conference Large opener for both schools.

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