Fishermen haul in last second victory

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David Cox

Quarterback Mike Cody (8) completes touchdown pass to Alex Militello (24) on the final play of Friday night's game

RACHEL ALEXANDER and MIKE CODY

Friday night at Newell Stadium was a nail biter to say the least. The Gloucester Fishermen football team won a hard fought game against Beverly, with a final score of 19-15. With three seconds left, the Fishermen scored with a seven yard pass to senior Alex Militello from senior quarterback Mike Cody.

It was a night that will go down as one of the greatest wins in GHS football history. It was a revenge game for the Fishermen after facing a 34-0 defeat to the Panthers in week two of the regular season.

Andrew Amaral, who played the first half of the game with a broken arm, helped the team jump out to an early first half lead. The kid was a warrior.

“I do it for the skettis,” said Amaral.

The defense played stellar football all night, with big stops against a highly prolific Beverly rushing attack. The team contained Beverly’s talented running backs, and Gloucester’s defensive line and linebackers stopped the run all game.

Defensive tackle Jake Emerson and safety Andrew Latassa led the Fishermen in tackles.Every play there was a swarm of crimson helmets surrounding the Beverly ball carrier.

There were also key plays in the secondary, with big pass deflections on third and fourth downs. It was a team defensive effort where everyone did their own job.

The offense played well for the win. Not only did they put together a game winning drive with just one minute and ten seconds left, but they also posted two one hundred yard rushers.

Juniors Christian “Brucie” Sanfilippo and Jermaine Edwards had over 100 yards on the ground.

The offensive line performed at a high level, opening up huge holes for ball carriers to run through. It was a game about revenge and toughness, and the Fishermen put it all together.

“We knew it would be different this time around,” said senior captain Alex Enes. “I’ve never seen a team want something as badly as we wanted this game.”

The Fishermen will quickly shift their focus to round two of the playoffs where they are to meet the number one seeded team, Marblehead, on Friday at 7pm at Pike Field. Both teams have a record of 7-1 and won their respective part of the Northeastern Conference.