The Hamilton Wenham Youth Football program hosted Lynnfield on Sunday as teams from nearly each division took the field against the Pioneers in key division match-ups.
Across the board there was great play at all levels, as the boys displayed great sportsmanship and hard work.
“We are tremendously proud of the efforts put forth by all our teams,” said Co-Commissioner Doug Smith. “The teams have really faced some challenges this past week with limited practice times (due to the Mosquito threat) which was not easy for any of the youth programs – or families -- in town. To face that adversity and to be able to respond to it so positively against a tough opponent was really nice to see.”
A Team Defeats Lynnfield
The Hamilton Wenham Generals Youth Football A Team defeated Lynnfield 12-0 on Sunday. The Generals kicked off on-sides and recovered the ball to start the game on offense. The team scored two touchdowns in the first half with strong plays by Jack Wosepka , Hunter Smith, and Marcus Zegarowski and solid blocking by Matt Manfra, Max Zegarowsky, and Brody Fuller. Impressive play by Joe Lattanzi and Daniel Parr was topped off by a fourth quarter interception by Will Bargerhuff to close out the second half. Great teamwork by both the offense and defense held the Pioneers scoreless throughout the game. The A Team faces Newburyport next Sunday at home.
C Team Ties Lynnfield
In the C team game the Generals played Lynnfield to an 8-8 tie. The Generals opened the game with a nice opening drive resulting in a touchdown by Henry Schibli, who would also convert on the two point conversion. The Generals held an 8-0 lead going into the half, and opened the second looking for more only to be stopped by Lynnfield, who also broke a long scoring run to knot the game 8-8 late in the third. From there, the game became a defensive battle with the key series being a goal-line stand by the Generals to keep the Pioneers from taking a potentially decisive lead in the games final minutes. The goal line stand led by Sam Webber, Will Brown, Henry Smith, Peyton Yerkes, Quinlan Kelly, Robbie Harrison, Evan Bucci and Michael Moynihan, prevented a potential loss and showed the Generals’ true grit as a team. Offensively, Billy Whelan, Cam Guyer, Jake Harrison and Paul Horgan all had solid efforts. The Generals are now 1-3-1 on the season and will host Newburyport in another tough Kitchin division game next weekend.
Generals JVC Bests Lynnfield
The JVC Team defeated Lynnfield 26-14. The Generals scored 2 first half touchdowns behind long runs by Patrick and Aidan Nistl. Lynnfield came right back to score twice on long passes to knot the score at 14 at the half. In the second half, the Nistl brothers and Henry Jones found room to run behind the outstanding blocking of Costas Savignano, Erik Fotta, William Jones, Matt Fields, and Harrison Wilson to take a 26-14 lead. The defense took over from there as Linebacker Colby Cala was all over the field and Jones, Fotta, Wilson, and Patrick Nistl controlled the line, while defensive backs Calvin Dalton, Aidan Nistl, Henry Jones, and Thomas Kain prevented big gains. Coach David Jones also applauded the efforts of Neikko Louissaint, Filip Soderlund, Max Lech, Ethan Moynihan, and Caleb Christian.