HAMILTON — There’s been one major question surrounding a Hamilton-Wenham football team that graduated such a strong senior class after losing the Division 3A Super Bowl last December.
With only one returning starter on the offensive line, do the Generals have the horses up front to compete for their third straight league title?
They answered the preseason’s biggest question on Saturday, beating Triton, 34-14, by churning out 265 rushing yards in the first three quarters.
“It’s all a learning experience, but it was a great first day. Some of these guys, it’s their first year playing,” said H-W senior captain and right guard Matt Vogus. “It was great to see everyone playing together, working together and moving the ball.”
The visiting Vikings took an early lead when signal caller Bradley Whitman took a QB read-draw 70 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter.
But the Generals settled down and, behind a big push from senior linemen Vogus, Liam Donovan and Nolan Wilson, scored twice before the half to retake the lead. Freshman running back Cam Macri (88 yards) scored from five yards out before senior captain Trevor Lyons connected with sophomore wideout Jimmy Campbell for a 12-yard touchdown.
“The line was able to come out and really do their job. Their gelling will be a huge key for us and what we can do this year,” said H-W head coach Andrew Morency, who also spoke about his squad’s ability to rebound from a sluggish start. “I like the fact that it’s early, but we were able to face a little adversity and lived to tell the tale. We have a couple guys who are new to the football scene, a couple key contributors and they settled in. The veterans brought their ‘A’ game, too.”