By Conor Walsh
---- — 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.”
agateText:Georgetown (1-10): 6 0 6 0 — 12
Manchester (3-8): 7 7 7 6 — 27
G — Jackson Fritz 2 run (kick blocked)
M — Cory Burnham 8 run (John Beardsley kick)
M — Beardsley 11 pass from Burnham (Beardsley kick)
M — Burnham 34 run (Beardsley kick)
G — Fritz 1 run (conversion failed)
M — Chris Dumont 1 run (conversion failed)
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.