EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

November 23, 2012

Red zone woes costly for Royals

By Conor Walsh
sports@eagletribune.com

---- — MANCHESTER — Georgetown picked a bad day to face a Manchester Essex team that saved its best performance for Thanksgiving.

The Hornets put together their most complete performance of the season, riding strong defense and the play of co-captains Cory Burnham and John Beardsley to a resounding 27-12 victory.

The Royals (1-10, 0-5 NEC/CAL Tier 4) forced Manchester Essex to go three-and-out and got on the board first with a touchdown run by quarterback Jackson Fritz early in the first quarter.

But that was one of the few Georgetown highlights as the hosts improved to 3-8.

The Royals did have some chances.

A 60-yard touchdown reception by Colby Ingraham (157 total yards) was overturned after he stepped out of bounds at the 5-yard line, and the Royals were unable to punch in from there.

Another red zone trip for Georgetown was washed away when John Beardsley intercepted a pass in the end zone.

Behind the play of Burnham (203 total yards, three touchdowns), Beardsley (40 receiving yards, touchdown) and Chris Dumont (45 rushing yards, touchdown), the Hornets notched a touchdown in each quarter to cruise to a decisive season-ending win.

“I liked the way our kids played,” Georgetown coach Paul Sobolewski added.

“It’s been a tough year and we’ve had a lot of injuries, but they battled this team. We played a complete game, but they were the better team.”

Manchester-Essex 27,

Georgetown 12

agateText:Georgetown (1-10): 6 0 6 0 — 12

Manchester (3-8): 7 7 7 6 — 27

First Quarter

G — Jackson Fritz 2 run (kick blocked)

M — Cory Burnham 8 run (John Beardsley kick)

Second Quarter

M — Beardsley 11 pass from Burnham (Beardsley kick)

Third Quarter

M — Burnham 34 run (Beardsley kick)

G — Fritz 1 run (conversion failed)

Fourth Quarter

M — Chris Dumont 1 run (conversion failed)

INDIVIDUAL LEADERS

RUSHING: Georgetown — Colby Ingraham 7-61, Tom Zargaj 12-58, Alan Navarro 1-9, Alex Baumann 3-8, Fritz 12-0; Manchester — Burnham 8-114, Dumont 6-45, Nate Riehl 6-26, Beardsley 1-5, Jack Hennigan 1-2.

PASSING: Georgetown — Fritz 7-17-1, 141 yards; Ingraham 0-1-0, 0 yards; Manchester — Burnham 6-13-2, 89 yards

RECEIVING: Georgetown — Colby Ingraham 3-96, Navarro 2-47, Pat Bjork 1-5 Argaj 1-4; Manchester — Beardsley 5-40, McAuliffe 1-49.