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October 27, 2012

Offensive attack

AMESBURY — The Amesbury football team’s offense is becoming a scary proposition for future opponents.

The Indians (6-2 overall, 2-0 Cape Ann League) scored at least 35 points for the fifth game in a row last evening in a 35-7 victory over Winthrop (3-5, 1-2) at Landry Stadium.

Since Amesbury dropped to 1-2 with a 21-7 loss to North Reading Sept. 21, the team’s offense has been as efficient as any team in the 24-team CAL/NEC conference, with the exception of Beverly. Amesbury has averaged 38.4 points during the program’s first five-game winning streak since its Super Bowl season of 2008. Beverly (7-0), the class of CAL/NEC Divison 2 so far this season, has averaged 38.7 points per game on the season.

Last night, Amesbury opened up its passing attack with 6-foot-3 receiver Devlin Gobeil at full strength for the first time since suffering an injury in Week 2. Winthrop was unable to interrupt the connection between Amesbury quarterback Matt Talbot and Devlin Gobeil with man-to-man coverage in the first half.

Gobeil had six catches for 145 yards — all in the first half — before leaving the game for good with leg cramps during the opening series of the second half. Talbot didn’t stop passing, and his final line was 15 for 22 for 248 yards with two touchdowns and one interception.

“We decided to spread it out a little more than we had in the last few weeks,” Amesbury coach Thom Connors said. “That plan was successful.”

Amesbury led 14-0 at halftime, and it could have been worse for Winthrop. Talbot made his only major mistake late in the second quarter when he threw an interception to Winthrop defensive back Zach Deeb in the end zone.

Amesbury continued to move the ball at will in the third quarter, scoring touchdowns on its first two drives. By the middle of the fourth quarter, Connors substituted one defensive player after another in order to give his younger players varsity experience. Winthrop put its first points on the board with 0:22 remaining in the game.

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