MIDDLETON — The Northeast Knights ended their season on a high note Saturday, taking down the North Shore Bulldogs, 30-6, at Barry Field.
The Knights (7-4), who are out of playoff contention, handed the playoff-bound Bulldogs their most lopsided defeat of the season.
“We’ve lost before this game, and we’ve bounced back. And that’s just the way it is in football,” said North Shore coach Paul Worth. “Sometimes you win them and sometimes you lose them.”
North Shore (8-3) opted to limit its leading rusher, Ross Murphy, who had scored nine touchdowns in the last two games, to just six carries.
“I really made a concerted effort to throw the ball and we just didn’t catch it,” said Worth, whose team threw two interceptions. “We were open, we had receivers open all day. We just didn’t throw it well or catch it well,” Worth said.
The Knights had consecutive 1-yard touchdowns, from Christian Perez and Troy Tartarini, to take a 14-0 lead with eight minutes to play in the first half.
North Shore finally scored when quarterback Tim Anderson powered his way over center for a 1-yard plunge with just less than two minutes left in the half.
Northeast, using 10 different runners out of the backfield, dominated in the second half, with two touchdowns in the fourth quarter.
Senior Kenny Bartolo’s 3-yard TD put the Knights up, 22-6, with just more than eight minutes left in the game. Then the Knights recovered an onside kick, which led to Terrence McKoy’s 4-yard touchdown with 4:44 to play. Northeast finished with 334 yards rushing.
Northeast coach Don Heres was happy to send his seven seniors away with a win against one of its biggest rivals.
“[The seniors have] been involved with championships here,’’ Heres said. “When you’re playing a rivalry game against a team like that, you want to be successful. They’re going to the playoffs and we wanted to make our point known to everyone, too. All the best luck to my seniors, I love them to death and they played their hearts out tonight.”