The Manchester Essex football team came into yesterday’s Thanksgiving Day clash against rival Georgetown with laser focus on the goal at hand: picking up a sixth win and clinching the program’s first winning season since 2009.
Led by senior captain Chris Dumont’s five touchdowns, the Hornets put on an offensive clinic on the road, picking up a 38-25 win over the Royals at Georgetown High School.
With the win, Manchester Essex completed its goal of a winning season in impressive fashion.
“It’s a nice accomplishment for these kids and they did it playing a good game today,” Hornets head coach Mike Athanas said. “It’s Thanksgiving, both teams came to play, but we did a good job on both offense and defense today. It was a nice way to end a good season.”
The Hornets (6-5) made it a point to establish an efficient running game early, riding senior captains Dumont and Nate Riehl down the field on the opening drive, which culminated with a Dumont touchdown to make it 6-0 Hornets.
Georgetown, however, came back on the ensuing drive, taking advantage of a slip by a Hornets defensive back, which led to a long touchdown pass and a 7-6 Royals lead.
But Dumont and Riehl picked up right back where they left off on the Hornets ensuing drive, once again marching the team down the field for another Dumont score and a 14-7 lead.
Dumont would add a third score late in the first half to make it 22-7, but Georgetown would once again answer back with a touchdown of their own to cut the lead to 22-13. The Royals looked to have some momentum heading into the half, but Manchester Essex took it right back when Dumont intercepted the two-point try and took it back the other way to give his team two points and a 24-13 halftime lead.