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September 28, 2013

A path to the postseason

Newburyport delivers statement win against North Reading

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“I think their line won it in the trenches,” North Reading coach Jeff Wall said. “They stayed low and fired out hard. They always have a good line. Whenever we think of Newburyport, we think of a big line that fires out. We were fighting uphill all night.”

An uphill battle is not the type of game North Reading is built to win with its single-wing option rushing attack. The Hornets do not have a passing game, and that made their 28-7 halftime deficit seem all the more daunting. Despite the lopsided halftime score, North Reading did not attempt a pass all game.

“Physically, we really came on and did a great job,” Gaudiano said. “They’re a big, physical team that plays big, physical football. This is the best win we’ve had around here in a while, I think.”

It could prove to be a monumental win in Newburyport’s pursuit of a playoff berth. Because North Reading is a Division 4 North foe, the Clippers will receive 10 points for beating the Division 4 North foe and an additional three points for every win North Reading earns this season.

Newburyport 35, North Reading 7

World War Memorial Stadium, Newburyport

North Reading 7 0 0 0 — 7

Newburyport 14 14 0 7 — 35

First quarter

N — Drew Bourdeau 85 kick return (Brandon Trego kick), 10:52.

NR — Ryan Sanborn 15 run (Angelo DiSanto kick), 7:48.

N — Michael Shay 8 run (Trego kick), 5:13.

Second quarter

N — Jonathan Bajko 51 reception from Shay (Trego kick), 8:46.

N — Ethan Northey 57 reception from Shay (Trego kick), 0:22.

Fourth quarter

N — Trevor Bradbury 5 run (Trego kick), 7:03.

Individual summary

Rushing: N – Bradbury 11-65-1; Jacob Timony 3-19; Shay 4-34-1; Northey 3-30; Cameron Beaulieu 1-2. NR — Charles McCarthy 22-81; Matthew McCarthy 6-24; Sanborn 5-22-1; John Merullo 4-30; Blake Tamlyn-Hayden 2-12; Nicholas Copelas 2-7; Nicholas Colangelo 1-4; Michael Cresta 1-2; Joseph Lennon 1-(-5).

Passing: N — Shay 6-12-165-2-2; Bourdeau 0-1-0-0-1.

Receiving: N — Northey 3-76-1; Bajko 2-80-1; Tyler Therrien 1-9.

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