WEST NEWBURY — With nothing left to play for after yesterday’s game, a pair of Sachem seniors led the way to victory with a punishing ground attack against the one-win Vikings.
Cody Rothwell scored three touchdowns and racked up 251 yards in his final game for Pentucket (6-5), while backfield mate Connor McGuirk added two more rushing scores as Pentucket defeated Triton 41-12 on Thanksgiving Day.
Pentucket has now won eight of the last 10 Thanksgiving matchups between the teams and leads the all-time series, which began in 1975, 23-14-1.
“It was a good win, it’s always nice for the seniors,” said Pentucket coach Steve Hayden. “I feel bad for the Triton kids. Any given day, different things can happen. It a was nice way to end the year.”
The game began inauspiciously for Rothwell, who fumbled away the football on the first play of the game. He made up for it on the next drive, however, breaking a 60-yard run for the first of his three touchdowns.
Pentucket quarterback Ryan Kutcher would push the score to 12-0 with a 3-yard dive into the end zone midway through the second quarter. It was Kutcher’s biggest contribution of the game. He attempted only four passes without a completion and threw one interception that gave the Vikings a glimmer of hope going into halftime.
With 1:26 left in the first half, Triton’s Luke Boyle intercepted Kutcher and returned the ball 76 yards for the touchdown, making the score 12-6. Smelling blood, Triton attempted and almost recovered an onside kick, but it failed and the teams went to the locker room separated by six points.
“We got beat up, but we never gave up, and that’s important going forward,” said Triton head coach Patrick Sheehan. “I thought defensively we played one of our best halves of football all season long. We just stopped doing the things that made us successful in the first place.”