Gobeil added another dimension to the Amesbury offense from the opening drive, when Talbot connected with him on a 31-yard completion on third-and-10. Winthrop had Amesbury on the brink of opening the game with a three-and-out, but Gobeil’s diving catch in traffic kept the drive alive.
That catch also set the tone for the way Amesbury attacked Winthrop. Talbot threw deep to Gobeil often, whether the receiver was covered or not. Nearly every time, the receiver won a jump-ball situation, coming down with first-down catches.
“He wasn’t back at full strength until tonight,” Connors said. “This was really his first night back. I’m not sure if they saw him or expected him. That was part of our game plan, and we executed it well.”
Connors called on his fullback, Perry Mroz, to finish drives inside the 10-yard line. The 215-pound ball-carrier had seven carries for 63 yards and two touchdowns. The coach’s son, Tommy Connors, continued to put up big numbers. He had six catches for 70 yards and a touchdown. Talbot continued to serve as a dual threat behind center. He added 54 rushing yards on nine carries to his 248 passing yards. He also had a 7-yard rushing touchdown to complement his two touchdown passes.
The Amesbury defense had somewhat of a bend-but-don’t-break performance, allowing 182 yards of total offense. However, the Indians had a shutout until the final seconds of the game. Amesbury’s Pat Scanlon had an interception to go along with a 4-yard touchdown reception. Gobeil also had an interception on the defensive side of the ball.
Amesbury 35, Winthrop 7
at Landry Stadium, Amesbury
Winthrop — 0 0 0 7 — 7
Amesbury — 7 7 14 7 — 35
A — Perry Mroz 4 run (Mac Short kick), 2:29
A — Tommy Connors 16 reception from Matt Talbot (Short kick), 7:28