Another red zone trip for Georgetown was washed away when Beardsley intercepted a Fritz pass in the end zone.
And the Hornets’ highlight of the season — the second of Beardsley’s negated touchdowns — was inadvertently blown dead.
On that play, Burnham dropped back, bounced a lateral pass to running back Chris Dumont, who scooped the ball up and heaved it to Beardsley.
Were the play not called an incomplete pass by the officials — when, in reality, the ball was still live since it wasn’t a forward pass — it would have been a highlight-reel 66-yard touchdown.
Despite the bizarre nature of the game, though, the Hornets (3-8, 2-3 NEC/CAL Tier 4) were able to stay consistent. Behind the play of Burnham (203 total yards, three touchdowns), Beardsley (40 receiving yards, touchdown) and Dumont (45 rushing yards, touchdown), the Hornets notched a touchdown in each quarter to cruise to a decisive season-ending win.
“Couldn’t have gone better,” Burnham said. “Everybody did their jobs. We just went all out, that’s what it’s all about. Thanksgiving, we’ll remember this one forever.”
“I liked the way our kids played,” Georgetown coach Paul Sobolewski added. “It’s been a tough year and we’ve had a lot of injuries, but they battled this team. We played a complete game, but they were the better team. I give credit to Manchester Essex and Coach Athanas. It’s a good rivalry and we’ll be back for them next year.”
At the end of the day, it was the perfect send-off for the Hornets’ seniors. The disappointment of the season washed away by a win in the finale, the Hornets were all smiles as they gathered with friends and family in the end zone, together as a team for the final time.
And while they savored their final moments together, there was already a feeling that the Hornets were looking ahead to next season.
“It’s great that we won, but it’s also sad,” Beardsley said. “Never going to be on this field with these guys again, so that kind of stinks, but hopefully they can come out next year and do better than we did this year.”