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November 9, 2013

Indians fall in "track meet"

North Reading rushes for 448 yards in 1st win in Amesbury

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North Reading rushed for 448 yards in total.

“They didn’t do anything we weren’t prepared for,” Amesbury coach Thom Connors said. “We just couldn’t stop them. When we did, we couldn’t convert it into points. We were in a track meet, and they had some breaks that hurt us.”

Amesbury made it a game in the third quarter, when defensive lineman Sam Springis recovered a stray snap in the North Reading backfield and ran 52 yards for a score, closing North Reading’s lead to 26-21. McCarthy took over on the ensuring possession, and scored his fourth of five touchdowns four snaps later.

Amesbury trailed by no fewer than 13 points the rest of the way. Amesbury quarterback Mac Short completed 12 of 21 passes for 144 yards and a touchdown, but he did throw three costly interceptions.

“Our line stepped up and took it upon themselves,” Wall said. “We’d never won in Amesbury before, so I know our kids were fired up for that.”

North Reading 42, Amesbury 28

James J. Landry Jr. Stadium, Amesbury

NR 6 20 8 8 — 42

A 0 14 7 7 — 28

First quarter

NR — C.J. McCarthy 6 run (run failed), 4:03

Second quarter

NR — Blake Tamlyn-Hayden 45 run (McCarthy run), 8:55

NR — McCarthy 1 run (kick failed), 4:20

A — Ryan Foley 12 run (Mac Short kick), 2:57

NR — McCarthy 3 run (run failed), 1:06

A — Ben Cullen 7 reception from Short (Short kick), 0:00

Third quarter

A — Sam Springis 52 fumble return (Short kick), 6:43

NR — McCarthy 2 run (McCarthy run), 4:53

Fourth quarter

NR — McCarthy 6 run (McCarthy run), 9:33

A — Short 4 run (Short kick), 4:25

Individual Statistics

Rushing: NR — McCarthy 32-264-5; Tamlyn-Hayden 11-142-1; Ryan Sanborn 11-25; Nicholas O’Connell 2-7; David Smith 1-6; A — Cullen 12-60; Short 5-18-1; Foley 2-13-1.

Passing: A — Short 12-21-144-1-3.

Receiving: A — Cullen 5-51-1; Pat Scanlon 3-67; Foley 3-17; Ray Melis 1-9.

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