Amesbury scored three more times in the second quarter -- Cullen stormed into the end zone with a three-yard bolt for his second touchdown; Talbot connected with Connors for a nine-yard strike, and then hit Gobeil for a 54-yard score that gave the Indians a commanding 35-point lead at the half.
A 50-yard interception return from Connors to open the third quarter pushed the lead to 42-0.
“We wanted Amesbury to beat us throwing the ball and running out on the perimeter,” said Triton coach Patrick Sheehan. “Unfortunately, we had guys in positions to make plays, but we didn’t. To their credit, they did. Thom Connors is a tremendous coach and always has his team prepared.”
Triton fought through injuries and found a way to persevere, outscoring Amesbury by seven points in the second half. Whitman, who is evolving into one of the league’s better QBs, injured his back late in the second quarter, and bruising running back Justin Spillane was also forced to exit the game in the first half with a hip flexor injury.
“We’re a young team with a lot of skill in our sophomore and junior classes,” said Sheehan, “but we simply got beat today. We’re going to find out what type of team we are in practice this week and how we can respond.”
The Vikings fought back with two scores of their own in the second half. Freshman Nate Estabrook showed off his incredible speed, rushing for a nine-yard touchdown and having another 60-yard TD run called back by a disputed holding call. Triton found its way into the end zone on the same drive when sophomore Justin Cashman rushed for a seven-yard touchdown in the game’s final play.