NEWBURYPORT — It was a battle of running games and time possession at World War Memorial Stadium yesterday. Trevor Bradbury took over for the Clippers, rushing his team to a Thanksgiving victory against rival Amesbury.
If you blinked, you likely missed Newburyport’s 21-7 victory yesterday, for the clock rarely stopped ticking. Running was the focus and there was plenty of it as a swirling wind restricted each team’s opportunity to pass the football.
Lucky for both teams, that was not an issue as both squads have players who are tops in the league at their respective positions. The Clippers rely upon Bradbury, their senior running back, and their junior quarterback Michael Shay, while the Indians let loose a standout senior running back of their own in Ben Cullen to help senior quarterback Mac Short.
It did not take long for Newburyport to display its game plan, as the Clippers didn’t pass one time on their opening possession. Instead, Newburyport opted to utilize several different players to move the ball down field on the game’s opening drive. Assisting Bradbury in the rushing attack was Jacob Timony, Peter Greene, Ethan Northey, Chance Carpenter and Shay. While the opening drive would come to a screeching halt at the Amesbury 12-yard line on a failed fourth down attempt, the Clippers showed that they have the opportunity and the ability to run their way to victory.
Shay finished his day 7 for 10 for 69 yards and an interception. He also ran the ball for 23 yards on nine carries. All three of Newburyport’s touchdowns came by rushing the ball, two by Bradbury, who finished the day with 118 yards on 16 carries.
“It’s honestly one of the best feelings I’ve ever had to come up big for my team today,” Bradbury said.
Newburyport was uncertain about the availability of its star running back and defensive captain until just recently. Bradbury separated his shoulder in his game against Bedford two weeks ago. Yesterday was his first game back.