MARBLEHEAD — It wasn’t the game plan that Marblehead practiced for. But it worked out even better than they could have dreamed.
With a steady wind ripping through Piper Field yesterday morning, the Magicians’ offense made some last-minute adjustments and decided to keep the ball on the ground as much as possible.
The plan paid off tenfold in the more-than-capable hands of Brooks Tyrrell. The junior tailback carried the ball 25 times for a staggering 300 yards rushing, including six touchdowns, to lead the Magicians to a 51-13 victory over arch rival Swampscott in their 105th Thanksgiving Day matchup.
”That was fun,” Marblehead head coach Jim Rudloff said of the monstrous victory. “We had a couple days off from practice after the Tewksbury loss (in the Division 3 North final) and we said as a coaching staff that we weren’t going to introduce anything new ... we just wanted to refine what we’ve done well all season. So we practiced plays 100 times until we got it right.”
The Magicians (9-2) handled each play with confidence, jumping out to a 32-0 lead by the end of the first half. Tyrrell found the end zone four times in that time, including a 68-yard run in the second quarter. Never in the long, illustrious rivalry has a Magician hit the 300-yard mark in a Thanksgiving Day game.
On Marblehead’s first possession Tyrrell went all 58 yards in six plays until he hit the end zone from 24 yards away. In fact, Tyrrell was the only rusher who touched the ball in the first quarter; he added scoring runs of 2 and 20 yards before halftime.
”He was huge today and really executed for us,” quarterback Matt Millet said of Tyrrell’s performance. “He’s the MVP of the Northeastern Conference and makes my job a lot easier.”
Millet threw for 91 yards in the victory, including a beautiful 78-yard touchdown pass to captain Jeremy Gillis in the first quarter.