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September 30, 2013

Amesbury no match for Lynnfield

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All told, the Pioneers and their no-huddle offense finished with 328 yards on the ground and 472 total yards of offense on Saturday.

“We were ready for their offense. We practiced for it all week, and we had no problems making adjustments and getting our calls in,” said Connors of facing Lynnfield’s hurry-up attack. “They just have a great offense with some really skilled players. I don’t think it would have mattered what (type of offense) they were running. They’re just a great team right now. They’re well-coached, and they’ve been the class of the league for the past few years. They’re on a roll.”

The long touchdown pass that briefly put Amesbury ahead was the one major highlight of the day for Connors and his squad. Cullen was able to get behind the Lynnfield defensive backfield and hauled in a perfect laser from Short. Cullen then raced down the sideline untouched for the Indians’ only points.

“We just sent (Cullen) deep and he beat the cornerback. I figured it was a good time to do that,” Connors explained. “After they scored on us (to open the game), I thought the opportunity was there to go deep and it worked.”

Along with McGah’s three touchdowns, a one-yard scoring run by Jake Rourke and a 43-yard TD pass from backup QB Jake McHugh (114 yards rushing) to Anthony Costa in the final seconds of the first half helped the Pioneers to a commanding 34-7 lead at halftime.

Playing many of its backups in the second half, Lynnfield tallied one more time when McHugh rambled 69 yards on a QB keeper with 8:17 remaining in the final period. Also included in the Pioneer scoring were three PAT kicks by Drew Balestrieri and a two-point conversion pass from starting QB Dan Sullivan to Costa.

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