IPSWICH — Hamilton-Wenham broke off a pair of long touchdown runs in yesterday’s 21-2 Thanksgiving Day win over Ipswich.
But the Generals really took control of the game with the play from their defensive line and defeated the host Tigers for the second time this season.
Led by seniors Alex Rogers (one and a half sacks) and Luke Sprouse (one sack) along with junior Nolan Wilson (one and a half sacks), the H-W (5-6) defensive front didn’t just stuff the Ipswich run game. They also used its length to bat down passes and keep Tigers signal caller Kyle Blomster and the Ipswich passing attack from ever getting into rhythm.
“We worked on that (getting hands up in the passing lanes) all week. The game plan was to make him (Blomster) throw through us so we needed our hands up because he is such a tremendous quarterback,” said H-W coach Andrew Morency. “Good football is good defense on Turkey Day and I thought our seniors and our defense took control.”
The Tigers (2-9) managed only one first down in the opening half and didn’t move the chains again until late in the fourth quarter. The Generals held the hosts to just 44-yards of total rushing yards and just 59 yards through the air. The Tigers didn’t find any success in the passing game until they started rolling Blomster out of the pocket as Rogers, Sprouse and Wilson batted four passes down at the line of scrimmage.
“Their d-line is outstanding and they’re very aggressive,” said Tigers head coach Greg Brotherton. “Their D-line was faster than our offensive line. We couldn’t establish the run. The wind wasn’t a concern because Kyle has a strong arm and our short passing game was there. We just have to be able to run the ball and we couldn’t.”