Manchester Essex Hornets Football '08

Hornets dominate Cougars for Division 4 Super Bowl title

Manchester Essex's Brian Ciccone breaks several tackles as he runs the ball during their Super Bowl game against the Tri-County Cougars at Gillette Stadium on Saturday.18 Photos

FOXBOROUGH— In the Division 4 Super Bowl against Tri-County, the Manchester Essex football team did what the New England Patriots couldn't do in Super Bowl XXXXII vs. the New York Giants last February.

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Football, 12/06/08 » 4 Comments & 0.0 Stars


Playoff-bound Hornets can knock Georgetown out of postseason by winning. A Royals victory could create a three-team tie for top of the CAL Small.

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Football, 11/26/08 » 1 Comment & 0.0 Stars

Round 3 in Battle of the QBs

For the third straight year, pregame Georgetown-Manchester Essex talk centers around the QBs: Royals senior Joe Esposito and Hornets standout Pat Orlando.

This time around, though, the matchup won’t decide the Commonwealth Small title. Manchester, 10-0, already has that sewn up, while 8-1 Georgetown has moved on to the Cape Ann League.

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Football, 11/26/08 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Manchester Essex's Orlando steals the show

MANCHESTER — There were two bits of bad news for the Georgetown High football team yesterday.

First, unbeaten Manchester Essex blitzed the Royals 40-21 in a showdown boasting two of the most acclaimed quarterbacks in Eastern Massachusetts.

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Football, 11/12/08 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Kekeisen's five-TD night lifts Manchester Essex to another win

 GLOUCESTER - According to Manchester Essex head football coach Mike Athanas, the team's offense has been so effective because they have so many weapons. When opposing defenses key in on one player, the Hornets aren't hesitant to go to another.

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Football, 10/26/08 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Whittier can’t keep up with Hornet passing

HAVERHILL — Whittier players could be heard repeating the same line throughout yesterday’s game.

“This isn’t us.”

After grabbing an early lead, the Commonwealth Conference Large Wildcats were plagued by penalties and turnovers and struggled against the high-powered Manchester Essex passing game, falling to the CAC Small-leading Hornets 43-16.

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Football, 10/19/08 » 2 Comments & 5.0 Stars

Hornets stay dominant, roll past Greater Lowell

 TYNGSBORO - Manchester Essex's game against Greater Lowell Tech on Saturday looked a lot like the Hornets' other four this season.

Another win, and another blowout.

The Hornets (5-0) disposed of the Gryphons 34-18 despite losing quarterback Pat Orlando to an ankle injury on the second drive of the game. Backup quarterback Alex Carr came in to relieve Orlando and the team didn't miss a beat putting up 28 first half points and executing a balanced offense.

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Football, 10/13/08 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Hornets finally defeat Shawsheen with strong defensive effort

 BEVERLY - Saturday's game with Commonwealth Conference large powerhouse Shawsheen Tech was supposed to be Manchester Essex's first big test of the season.

The Hornets had not beaten the Rams since 1999, and many of those losses were not even close.

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Manchester Essex steamrolls CAC small rival Minuteman

WOBURN - The Manchester Essex football team has gotten used to two things this season. The first is playing in bad weather, as the Hornets have played in the rain for two of their first three games.

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Football, 09/29/08 » 0 Comments & 5.0 Stars

Hornets Make Quick Work of Mystic Valley

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BEVERLY - Manchester Essex head football coach Mike Athanas said Saturday's game against Mystic Valley demonstrated his team's character. The Hornets were playing a Mystic Valley team that is not one of the stronger teams in the Commonwealth Athletic Conference. While some teams would fall into the trap of playing a weaker opponent, the Hornets came out with the focus and intensity of a big game en route to a dominating 35-8 win over the Eagles at Endicott College in Beverly. The Hornets, who improved to 2-0, were lead by a 35-point first half, and saw the backups play the entire second half.

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Football, 09/22/08 » 0 Comments & 5.0 Stars