Newburyport fell short in its bid for a repeat CAL Division 3 title. A season that started with a lingering shoulder injury to Wile, which sidelined the record-setting quarterback for the first six games, also ended with a devastating injury to a key player. With 2:42 remaining in the fourth quarter, Francis had his legs cut out from under him on a 3-yard run up the middle. He remained on the turf for several minutes after being tackled, and was eventually helped off the field by two teammates. Upon the presentation of the J. Walter Chase Trophy to Amesbury, the annual prize for winning the rivalry game which dates back to 1891, Francis could be spotted on crutches on the outskirts of the ceremony. Francis is also an All-League lacrosse player for Newburyport, a team coached by Gaudiano.
“The trainers are saying a couple of things,” Gaudiano said of Francis’ injury. “I’m not sure. We’ll wait until he sees the doctor on Monday. Hopefully it’s nothing serious.”
Newburyport still holds the all-time series lead with Amesbury, 47-37-6. Yesterday’s game drew the largest crowd of any football game in the area this season, as both bleacher sections at Landry Stadium were filled to capacity, and much of the perimeter of the field was lined with fans.
In a show of how many spectators made their way to Amesbury yesterday, the game’s 50/50 raffle offered a winning prize of $1,355.
Amesbury 13, Newburyport 10
at Landry Stadium, Amesbury
N — 7 0 3 0 — 10
A — 0 7 3 3 — 13
N — Sam Francis 15 run (Connor Wile kick), 3:54
A — Perry Mroz 11 run (Mac Short kick), 7:14
A — Short 27 field goal, 7:01
N — Wile 26 field goal, 1:11
A — Short 32 field goal, 5:55
Rushing: N — Francis 11-85-1; Colton Fontaine 11-71; Tyler Cusack 10-25; Wile 3-20; A — Matt Talbot 15-32; Mroz 7-41-1; Ben Cullen 3-17; Bobby Campbell 1-5; Tommy Connors 1-0.
Passing: N — Wile 4-10-48-0-0; Talbot 9-18-124-0-1.
Receiving: N — Fontaine 3-39; Evan Habib 1-9; A — Devlin Gobeil 3-34; Cullen 3-20; Connors 2-51; Pat Scanlon 1-19.