SOUTH HAMILTON — Lynnfield won its fifth straight Cape Ann League Baker title and locked up the fourth seed in the Division 3A North playoffs with a 32-7 win over host Hamilton-Wenham on Saturday afternoon.
In driving rain, junior Matthew Mortellite (9-of-15 passing, 192 yards) tossed a pair of TD passes to junior Nicholas Kinnon, including a 97-yarder for a 12-0 lead in the second quarter. Kinnon added a 3-yard TD rush in the fourth quarter. The Murphy brothers, Anthony and Tyler, powered the ground game, each scoring a touchdown and combining for 148 yards.
On a team loaded with sophomores and juniors, the Pioneers (4-2, 4-0) lacked experience early in the season.
“I think a lot of people thought that maybe this team wouldn’t be able to do it,” said coach Neal Weidman. “I’m happy for them and I’m proud of them.”
Facing a high-powered passing offense, the Lynnfield defense gave little open space, forcing the Generals to punt on their first two drives.
“Coaches said this week, ‘This is the best pass attack we’re going to see,’ ” said senior captain Louis Ellis. “Two good receivers [Cam Peach] and [Jake Lanciani]. Our corners, our safeties, our backers, we did what we had to do — we covered everyone.”
Anthony Murphy registered an interception midway through the fourth quarter, setting up his brother, Tyler, with the game’s final score, an 11-yard run. H-W dropped to 3-4, 2-4.
“Great feeling, everyone said we were going to be undersized, not good enough anymore,” said senior captain Michael Stellato. “We came out, we proved everyone wrong today.”Lenny Rowe can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.