Georgetown Royals Football '08

Fri, Nov 14, 2008 07:00 PM @ Newburyport
Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Final
Georgetown 7 13 6 0 26
Newburyport 7 6 7 7 27
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Clippers nip Georgetown in thriller

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Friday, November, 14 By Dave Dyer
Staff writer

NEWBURYPORT — Newburyport sophomore Andrew Sokol earned some redemption last night to throw the Cape Ann League Small division up for grabs.
Burned on an 83-yard Georgetown TD pass, from Joe Esposito to Anthony Conte on the first play of the game, Sokol made a marvelous 39-yard scoring catch in traffic with 1:02 to play, and then clinched the victory with an interception in the closing seconds to provide a heart-stopping 27-26 victory.
The win puts Newburyport (5-5, 5-0) in the driver’s seat in the CAL Small. It can clinch the title with a Thanksgiving win at Amesbury. The Indians (8-1, 3-1) can throw the division into a three-way tie with Georgetown (9-1, 4-1) if it beats the Clippers.
“I feel good for Sokol,” said Newburyport coach Ed Gaudiano, a resident of Methuen. “He was kicking himself after falling on that first play, but I told him that he had to keep his head up, that we were going to need him later.”
Kyle LeBlanc kicked three extra points for the Clippers, and that ultimately made the one-point difference. Esposito narrowly missed one extra-point kick and another was foiled when a high snap necessitated a desperation pass that was intercepted.
“This is what high school football is all about,” said Georgetown coach Matt Bouchard. “Our kids played their hearts out, and we had opportunities to win, but I give them credit.”
The Royals held a 26-20 lead and had the ball and a four downs with 3:20 to play, but they failed to gain a first down. Then, after Georgetown buckled down on defense and forced a fouth-and-9, Clancy threw deep into the end zone to Sokol, who snuck between two defenders to make the grab.
“If we had just gotten one first down, it probably would have been the game, but we just couldn’t get it,” said Bouchard.
Until then, both teams moved the ball effectively for more than three quarters in what was an impressive offensive display.
Following the Esposito to Conte bomb to open the game, Newburyport scored on two TD passes from Joe Clancy (14-25-2, 288 yards) to Kyle LeBlanc, but the Royals scored twice more, on a 9-yard pass to Conte and a 39-yard burst by Jaymie Spears to grab a 20-13 halftime lead.
A 61-yard heave from Clancy to LeBlanc on the second play of the second half tied the score, but an 8-yard pass from Esposito to Spears late in the third quarter gave Georgetown the lead until the final minute of the game.
Esposito finished with 85 yards rushing and 139 yards passing to go over 1,000 yards in both rushing (1,082) and passing (1,054) for the second year in a row, while Spears enjoyed a fine overall game with 76 yards rushing on six carries, two receptions for 33  yards and an interception.
For Newburyport, Clancy now has 21 touchdown passes, which leads Eastern Mass. in Division 3A, and LeBlanc has 14 TD receptions and 101 points.
“I can’t remember a game with so many playmakers,” said Gaudiano. “They’re a great offensive team and I was saying during the week that we’d need to score 28 points to win the game.”

Game Statistics:

First Quarter

G — Anthony Conte 83 pass from Joe Esposito (Esposito kick), 9:37

N — Kyle LeBlanc 25 pass from Joe Clancy (LeBlanc kick), 4:51 

Second Quarter

G — Anthony Conte 9 pass from Esposito (kick failed(, 6:53

N — LeBlanc 2 pass from Clancy (kick failed), 1:46

G — Jaymie Spears 39 run (Esposito kick), :39

Third Quarter

N — LeBlanc 61 pass from Clancy (LeBlanc kick), 9:01

G — Spears 8 pass from Esposito (pass failed), :36

Fourth Quarter

N — Andrew Sokol 39 pass from Clancy (LeBlancl kick), 1:02



RUSHING: G (24-161) — Joe Esposito 18-85, Jaymie Spears 6-76; N (24-78) — Joe Clancy 5-12, Andrew Sokol 3-8, Kyle LeBlanc 4-11, David Freeman 12-47

PASSING: G — Esposito 7-17-1, 139; N — Clancy 14-25-2, 288

RECEIVING: G — David Kenneally 1-12, Spears 2-33, Conte 4-94; N — Matt Mattola 1-13, Andrew Sokol 5-131, Kyle LeBlanc 6-118, David Freeman 2-26

4 Story Comments

0         IndianFan26

Wow that's awesome. Better luck next year Georgetown. All Amesbury has to do is beat NBPT by 2 points and they're off to the playoffs again. Newburyport has really improved this season; what a Thanksgiving game THIS one will be!

Report! #1 11/15/2008 07:10 AM

0         Football Fan

Yes, you are right. This was an unbelievably FUN game to be at. Newburyport has really gotten their act together; as we all figured they eventually would....they always do. And Thanksgiving is going to be a ZOO again like last year. There were more Indians in the crowd last night, than there were Royals or Clippers. Gtown beats Amesbury by 1 pt - Nbpt beats Gtown by 1 pt- under the head-to-head tiebreaker rule, all Amesbury has to do is beat Nbpt by 2 pts. Not that it will be any small task - it's going to be CLOSE either way. Good luck to both teams on turkey day!

Report! #2 11/15/2008 07:26 AM

0         BIG ROYALS FAN

just wait until thanksgiving this thing aint over. both teams got explosive offense and thats what the royals need

Report! #3 11/17/2008 06:06 PM

0         IndianFan26

You are absolutely right Big Royals Fan. Not only does Amesbury have to BEAT them, but they have to keep them under 26 points; or, we could get Gtown to playoffs....just as Gtown put us back in the running last weekend. Who'd have thought that a team w/a record as POOR as Newburyport's could cause all of this!!! LOL I have faith in the Indians....they aren't 9-1 for nothing, that's for sure. They have slaughtered division 2 large schools; they can do it; and they kepy the Gtown QB down to 15 points!!! No one else could do that.....they'll do it; just like the past two years.

Report! #4 11/18/2008 09:30 PM