, Newburyport, MA


September 21, 2013

Pentucket opens with convincing win over Amesbury


“He’s a kid that’s worked really hard,” Hayden said of Porter. “We’re all happy with what he’s done.”

For Amesbury’s part, despite the discrepancy in the final score and total yardage, the Indians hung in there until the fourth quarter, taking a 21-7 deficit into the final period.

“I’m not discouraged,” Connors said. “We still have a long way to go in the season. The problem is we don’t have depth. We got a little banged up, and the next thing you know, we had five or six sophomores on defense. By the time this is all done, we’ll be a pretty good football team.”

Amesbury will play at Lynnfield (1-0) Saturday at 1 p.m. Pentucket will play its home-opener Saturday against Triton (2-0) in what suddenly seems like a huge game in the Cape Ann League Large.

“We had the longest preseason in our history,” Hayden said. “We had four weeks of preseason. It’s good to play a game finally.”

Pentucket 42, Amesbury 7

Landry Stadium, Amesbury

P — 14 7 0 21 — 42

A — 0 7 0 0 — 7

First quarter

P — Jeff Porter 61 reception from Ryan Kuchar (Nick Zaia kick), 10:44.

P — Kuchar 1 run (Zaia kick), 6:05.

Second quarter

A — Ben Cullen 1 run (Mac Short kick), 7:02.

P — Porter 19 reception from Kuchar (Zaia kick), 0:10.

Fourth quarter

P — Kuchar 10 run (Zaia kick), 10:55.

P — Chris Croteau 80 run (Zaia kick), 7:55.

P — Kyle Messier 60 run (Zaia kick), 2:33.

Individual summary

Rushing: P — Darren Engelke 9-54, Porter 9-41, Croteau 5-91-1, Kuchar 4-11-2, Messier 2-66-1, Noah Malhi 1-11, Nick Arcadipane 1-8, Brennan McGuirk 1-1. A — Cullen 9-17-1, Short 7-14, Alex Mercier 4-11, Doug Masi 4-7, Brad Kelleher 2-11, Spencer Fournier 1-4, Rey Melis 1-2.

Passing: P — Kuchar 5-8-101-2-0. A — Short 6-13-77-0-1, Kelleher 0-1-0-0-1.

Receiving: P — Porter 2-80-2, Engelke 2-13, Liam Corkery 1-8. A — Pat Scanlon 4-73, Cullen 1-4, Ryan Foley 1-0.

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