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October 29, 2012

Quicker to the draw

Clipper start stymies struggling Vikings

NEWBURYPORT – It may have been a slow start to the season for Newburyport after going 3-3 through their first six games, but the Clippers have found the right time to get off the snide as they’ve opened league play with two straight wins following a 35-15 drubbing of Triton Saturday morning.

The Clippers were given a nice lift from Tyler Cusack (12 rushes, 108 yards, 3 TD), as the senior captain found the end-zone in each of Newburyport’s opening three drives to start the game with a 21-0 lead.

“They’re a dangerous team, and I think it was important for us to go out there and jump on them early and establish the tempo of the game,” Newburyport coach Ed Gaudiano said following the game. “For what they do offensively, they have the capability of scoring from anywhere on the field, and I think we kind of took that away from them.”

Following a three-and-out in the Vikings opening drive, it took the Clippers just seven plays to march 73 yards en route to Cusack’s first strike of the day.

After another stalled drive from the Triton offense, a hook-up from Connor Wile (8 for 9 passing, 155 yards, 2 TDs) to Ian Michaels helped set up a second score from Cusack from 15 yards out.

The Clippers were then given a gift on a fumbled snap that set them up on the Vikings 33-yard-line. The botched snap ultimately led to Cusack rumbling in again to get the Clippers in front 21-0 at the midway point of the second quarter.

“He runs tough every week,” Gaudiano said of Cusack. “This was a game where I saw him kind of get his extra yards on efforts from the line of scrimmage. A lot of times you see him fight real hard on the line and bust it, but today I think he had some good support.”

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