By Nick Curcuru
---- — The Manchester Essex football team hosted its Thanksgiving day rival Georgetown two months early on Friday night at Hyland Field.
The game still carried a big game feel with two rivals squaring off and it was the Hornets who took care of business with a 28-12 win. The win, the team’s second straight, moves Manchester Essex to 2-1 on the year while Georgetown falls to 0-3.
The teams will meet again on Thanksgiving morning, with that matchup being played in Georgetown.
“We played a pretty good football game,” Hornets head coach Mike Athanas said. “We were a little sloppy, there’s some things we will need to fix but we did some good things too and made some plays to get the win. We are always happy with a win over Georgetown.”
The Hornets got on the scoreboard early on an eight yard run from senior captain Chris Dumont. John Bruce would haul in the conversion on a pass from Craig Carter to make it 8-0.
Georgetown would respond on a 55 yard run from Colby Ingraham to make it 8-6. But that’s as close as the Royals would get as the Hornets defense and running game took over from there.
Senior captain Nate Riehl made it 14-6 Manchester Essex just before the half when he scored on a 30 yard run.
Carter added an insurance touchdown in the third quarter on a four yard run and Sophomore Chris Carr put the game away with a 32 yard fourth quarter scamper to make it 28-6.
Georgetown’s Cooper Martin scored a five yard run late in the fourth to make it 28-12, but it was too late as the Hornets were well on their way to a victory.
Athanas was quick to credit his team’s rushing attack as Dumont and Riehl each had big nights behind an offensive line that was opening up big holes all game.
“We really ran the ball and blocked well on offense,” Athanas said. “We kept them off balance with a few nice pass plays but it was the run game that did it for us tonight. The defense really settled in and played a good game after the first touchdown too. It was a solid team effort tonight. We did what we needed to do.”
At 1-0 in the Cape Ann League, Manchester Essex hits the road next Saturday at Lynnnfield (1 p.m.).