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November 23, 2012

Rothwell, Sachems pull away for lopsided win

WEST NEWBURY — Pentucket, which suffered several frustrating losses along the way, ended its season in style yesterday.

Cody Rothwell scored three touchdowns and racked up 251 yards in his final game for Pentucket (6-5), while backfield mate Connor McGuirk added two more rushing TDs as the Sachems defeated Triton 41-12 on Thanksgiving Day.

Pentucket has now won eight of the last 10 Thanksgiving matchups between the teams and leads the all-time series, which began in 1975, 23-14-1.

“It was a good win, it’s always nice for the seniors,” said Pentucket coach Steve Hayden. “It was a nice way to end the year.”

The game began inauspiciously for Rothwell, who fumbled away the football on the first play of the game. He made up for it on the next drive, however, breaking a 60-yard run for the first of his three touchdowns.

Pentucket quarterback Ryan Kutcher would push the score to 12-0 with a 3-yard dive into the end zone midway through the second quarter.

With 1:26 left in the first half, Triton’s Luke Boyle intercepted Kutcher and returned the ball 76 yards for the touchdown, making the score 12-6.

“We got beat up but we never gave up and that’s important going forward,” said Triton head coach Patrick Sheehan. “I thought defensively we played one of our best halves of football all season long. We just stopped doing the things that made us successful in the first place.”

Triton began the second half with the ball, but a false-start penalty (one of four) forced a punt instead of a chance at fourth-and-short.

Rothwell then took his first carry of the half 40 yards for his second touchdown and what would ultimately prove the game-winner.

And while Rothwell was the source of highlight plays during the game (he had rushes of 60, 40, 34, 29, and 19), McGuirk also provided a steady stream of positive yards for the Sachems. McGuirk would score his first two touchdowns of the season in the third quarter as Pentucket began to pull away.

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