Friday, September 22, 2017

Marshfield Emphatically Ends Defending Champion Falmouth's Win Streak

Marshfield running back Jack McNeil rushed for 112 yards and two touchdowns on just four carries Friday night against Falmouth. The star senior added a receiving touchdown as well.   Photo courtesy of Victor Barrows.
By Tom Joyce (@TomJoyceSports)

MARSHFIELD - The Falmouth High football team is no longer on a 17-game winning streak.

The Clippers, who went undefeated last season, had not lost a game since November 6, 2015... Until Friday night in Marshfield. The Marshfield Rams (2-1) snapped that win streak, as they controlled the trenches all day. The Rams came away with a 57-6 home win over their Atlantic Coast League opponent.

“Well, the kids just came to play today,” Rams head coach Lou Silva said. “From the third play on, they did a great job on both sides of the ball and with the kicking game. Everything came together tonight.”

The Rams received the opening kickoff and it did not take them long to put up the game’s first score. On their third offensive play, running back Jack McNeil (4 rushes, 112 yards) punched in a 54-yard touchdown run, giving the Rams a 6-0 lead less than a minute into the game.

When the Clippers got the ball for their first possession, they were able to pick up a first down, but Marshfield continued its dominance in the trenches and forced the Clippers to punt.

Once again, the Rams stout offensive line was able to drive them downfield and they capped off their drive with a 17-yard touchdown on a screen pass from quarterback Jackson Phinney to McNeil. Phinney also punched in the 2-point conversion on the ground, giving the Rams a 14-point lead late in the first quarter.

In the second quarter, the Rams would score three unanswered touchdowns before Falmouth could find their way onto the scoreboard. First, a 61-yard end around run from Casey Phinney put the rams in the red zone and as they continued driving, Jackson Phinney punched on a 1-yard quarterback sneak. A successful PAT try gave the Rams a 21-0 lead.

Just a few short minutes later, the Rams struck again. This time, Nick Banks scored a 37-yard touchdown since Falmouth punted and touched the ball, but failed to down the kick.

On the following possession, the Clippers were able to drive the ball well--primarily handing it off to Gates Kelliher--but Marshfield got a stop just outside the goal zone and capitalized on the following possession.

After the Rams picked up a first down, Phinney connected with Danny Hickey on a 69-yard touchdown pass; a successful PAT try put the Rams up by 35.

With 35 seconds remaining in the first half, Clippers QB Kyle Connolly scored his team’s lone touchdown of the game on a 29-yard run. His score made it a 35-6 ballgame.

In the second half, both teams primarily ran with their second units. Even so, Marshfield added three more touchdowns: a 32-yard run from McNeil, an 11-yard run from Braden Killeens and a 22-yard score from Rob VIolessi.

Of course, the win snapped Falmouth’s win streak, but it also served as revenge for the Rams. After all, they fell to Falmouth, 20-14, last year in overtime, a loss that cost them the Atlantic Coast League title.

“We had chances last year in that game that we didn’t take advantage of,” Silva reflected. “We got inside of the 30-yard line several times and we didn’t take advantage of that. This year we wanted to make sure that we finished all our drives.”
Marshfield hopes to pick up another ACL win next Friday as the host Nauset.

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