BYFIELD — The Amesbury Indians delivered a resounding statement in their opening Cape Ann/Northeastern Division III league game by going on the road and defeating the Triton Vikings, 42-13. For a team looking to capture the conference crown, this victory represented a powerful first step.
“We’re cooking right now,” said Amesbury (5-2, 1-0) coach Thom Connors, whose team has now put up a combined 85 points – while only allowing 25 – in its past two games. “We really tried to get points on the board early so we weren’t playing catch-up, and we were able to build a lead and didn’t lose our focus.”
As effective as Indians quarterback Matt Talbot was passing (7-11-138, 2 TDs), Triton (1-6, 0-1) could not contain the Amesbury running game. The Indians produced six runners with over 20 yards for a total of 135 yards off 34 carries. Trailing early, Triton was forced to abandon most of its running game and finished with just 43 yards off of 18 carries.
“We spent all week on our blocking,” said Connors. “We really thought winning the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball was the key for us, and we’ve got a nice stable of kids who can run. It starts with Talbot and our 220-pound tailback Perry Mroz, but it all comes down to blocking.”
Amesbury built its momentum as soon as the game kicked off.
After starting with the ball on their own 46-yard line and a 26-yard kickoff return by senior Tommy Connors, the Indians marched down the field for a 54-yard scoring drive on running back Ben Cullen’s one-yard run.
Following a pass from Triton’s Brad Whitman that popped off receiver Travis Kneeland, Mroz picked off the pass for an interception and a 16-yard return to Triton’s own 24. Talbot connected with wide receiver Devlin Gobeil for a 12-yard reception, and the Indians captured a 14-0 lead moments later when Talbot pounded the ball into the end zone from one yard out.