Monday Morning Blitz: Triton freshman make immediate impact for Vikings

Triton freshman Chris Colby had five catches for 139 yards and a touchdown in his debut.

Fresh faces

Triton football didn’t get the opening night breakthrough it was looking for after last fall’s winless season, but there was plenty of room for optimism. For one, the Vikings showed noticeable improvement on defense, keeping Newburyport from gashing it with the big plays that Triton surrendered with regularity last fall. The unit also benefited from a couple of freshman who look ready to make an immediate impact this season.

Freshman edge rusher Ashton Wonson, for instance, was a monster in his debut. The 6-foot-3, 205-pound lineman made a touchdown saving tackle on a Newburyport punt return early in the game, followed that up by blocking a Walker Bartkiewicz field goal, and generally made his presence felt rushing against a talented Newburyport line.

Joining him on defense was fellow freshman Chris Colby, who got the start at cornerback and frequently matched up against veteran Newburyport receivers Trevor Ward and Bartkiewicz. Colby also might already be one of the area’s top receivers, making five catches for 139 yards and a touchdown in his debut while also going a perfect 2 for 2 on extra-point kicks.

Sophomore Seth DeLong also flashed when handed the ball later in the game, rushing for 42 yards on seven carries to lead the Viking running backs.

Player of the Week

Coming off a record-setting junior season in which he rewrote the Georgetown High passing record book, Georgetown quarterback Stephen MacDonald picked up right where he left off on Friday. The senior tri-captain picked apart an overmatched Tech Boston defense, going 21 for 29 with 288 yards and three touchdown passes in a 26-8 win over Tech Boston. Two of his touchdowns went to receiver Matt Galley, who led the area in receiving this week with 10 catches and 160 yards.

Turnover time

Defense was on full display this week as local players combined to force seven turnovers on opening night. Newburyport had two players nab interceptions against Triton, starting with Jacob Buontempo and then later Nicolas Collela, and Georgetown players recorded three interceptions while recovering two fumbles. The Royals’ interceptions came courtesy of Anthony Plumb, Dylan Angelopolus and Troy Forgitano, and Conor Young and Jared Graf recovered the fumbles.

Week 1 Results

Newburyport 38, Triton 14

Ipswich 25, Amesbury 24

Georgetown 26, Tech Boston 8

Week 1 Leaders

Rushing

Name School C Yds TD

C. Cahalane Nbpt 13 92 2

M. Armata Gtwn 20 85 1

E. Swanton Gtwn 10 81 0

J. Lopez Ames 8 61 1

J. Tilton Ames 5 54 1

Passing

Name School Com. Att. Yds TD

S. MacDonald Gtwn 21 29 288 3

T. Hamel Ames 5 7 175 1

K. Odoy Tri 5 11 139 1

C. Cahalane Nbpt 8 19 120 1

Receiving

Name School C Yds TD

M. Galley Gtwn 10 160 2

C. Colby Tri 5 139 1

T. Ward Nbpt 4 94 1

E. Swanton Gtwn 5 82 0

K. Donovan Ames 3 77 1 

CAL Standings

Kinney Division

Team Overall CAL

Newburyport 1-0 1-0

North Reading 1-0 0-0

Pentucket 0-0 0-0

Masconomet 0-1 0-0

Triton 0-1 0-1

Baker Division

Team Overall CAL

Ipswich 1-0 1-0

Hamilton-Wenham 0-0 0-0

Lynnfield 0-0 0-0

Amesbury 0-1 0-1

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