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October 15, 2012

Amesbury takes apart limping Royals

HAVERHILL — When injuries decimate a roster as they have at Georgetown, a team is left with two basic choices: fold up the tent or turn the adversity into a learning experience.

Although yesterday’s 43-12 manhandling by Amesbury might not look like it on the surface, the Royals have chosen the latter option.

“We’re playing all youngsters now,” Georgetown coach Paul Sobelowski said. “It’s becoming tough. We’re playing a bunch of freshmen and sophomores right now on a varsity schedule. There’s no way we can be competitive with teams like (Amesbury). When you have nine guys out with injuries and only 45 players in the program, it gets tough.”

Things have gotten so bad for the snake-bitten Royals that sophomore running back Cooper Martens, who was starting because of injuries, was knocked out of the game with a concussion on his second carry of the afternoon.

Amesbury (4-2) took advantage of the youthful Royals early, scoring on each of its first four possessions — none of which lasted more than six plays — to take a 29-0 lead with 7:34 left in the second.

“We knew they had a couple of guys banged up from last week and before, but we don’t know who’s coming back, who’s going to step up or what type of game plan they’re going to bring,” Amesbury coach Thom Connors said. “We saw them on film playing Bishop Fenwick, and they showed that they are a very talented team, and coming into this week, they were putting the most points up in the Cape Ann League. They have the ability, and we weren’t about to underestimate them.”

“Hats off to (Amesbury) for not rubbing it in on us,” Sobelowski said. “It’s not fun for them either when they come in and can score at will.”

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