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Divsion 3A

Thankfully, Ipswich stops 31-game losing streak

By Bob Holmes
Globe Staff / November 27, 2009

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Ipswich picked a perfect day to break a long, frustrating 31-game losing streak.

As the Tigers renamed their field in honor of 37-year coach Jack Welch, they recorded their first win since their Super Bowl victory in 2006, beating Hamilton-Wenham, 14-13, yesterday in a Cape Ann Small contest.

Nathaniel Bocko ran for a 10-yard touchdown and Brendan Gallagher connected with Aaron Jeffen on a 20-yard score in the third quarter. Andy Duval (25 yards) and Dylan Keith (35) ran for TDs in the fourth quarter for Hamilton-Wenham (2-8).

Ipswich’s last win was 7-0 against Cape Cod Tech in the Division 3A Super Bowl in 2006. Since then, Ipswich recorded seasons of 0-11, 0-10, and was 0-10 coming into yesterday.

Cape Ann (Small)

Newburyport 33, Amesbury 0 - The Clippers rushed for 344 yards while holding the Indians to 31. Kyle LeBlanc led the way with two rushing TDs and a 75-yard interception return for a score, and Josh Williams had 179 yards rushing and a TD.

Lynnfield 35, North Reading 14 - Gino Cohee threw for 127 yards and two touchdowns and Michael Pescione caught two scoring passes for the Pioneers. John Brooks led the Hornets with 171 yards passing and a touchdown. Lynnfield will face Austin Prep in Tuesday’s semifinals.

Catholic Central (Large)

Archbishop Williams 14, Cardinal Spellman 10 - Tom Fitzpatrick’s two first-half touchdown tosses gave the Bishops (4-6) all the points they’d need.

South Shore

Hull 15, Cohasset 7 - Dan Shea ran for 107 yards and a TD for the Pirates, and Mark Mainini scored on a 6-yard run for the go-ahead score in the fourth quarter. The loss was the first for Cohasset (9-1), which had already clinched the South Shore League title and a berth opposite Holliston in the semifinals.

Tri-Valley

Medway 49, Millis 33 - Ted Davenport, the Tri-Valley’s co-Player of the Year, scored five touchdowns in the shootout win. John Duffy, who shared the honor with Davenport, tossed three touchdown passes in a losing effort.

Norton 23, Bellingham 0 - Brendan St. Germain threw a pair of TD passes in the third quarter and Ryan Fleming contributed four sacks to pace the Lancers.

Nonleague

Manchester Essex 22, Georgetown 14 - Alex Carr ran 11 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter and Ben Kekeisen ran in the 2-point conversion to lift the Hornets. Carr also passed for a touchdown.

Mashpee 37, Cape Cod Tech 13 - Devin Andrade’s three touchdowns (two passing, one rushing) contributed to Mashpee’s 37-0 halftime lead.