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THANKSGIVING FOOTBALL | IPSWICH 36, HAMILTON-WEHNAM 0

Ipswich dominates Hamilton-Wenham, clinches share of Cape Ann Baker League title

HAMILTON — In the 44th installment of its Thanksgiving rivalry, Ipswich ran over Hamilton-Wenham, dominating from start to finish in a 36-0 victory on Thursday.

“This was an exciting experience,” Ipswich coach Kevin Fessette said. “Hopefully we can use this as a platform to get better.”

Ipswich improved to 21-23 in the annual game and clinched a share of the Cape Ann League Baker title with Hamilton-Wenham.

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“Being league champs is huge,” Fessette said. “These types of wins are huge and its just an exciting day.”

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The Tigers (8-3) scored on their second play of the game when junior back Cam James took a handoff 62 yards to the end zone. After Ipswich recovered the ensuing onside kick, senior quarterback Ben Yanakakis found receiver Isaiah Morrissey across the middle for a 42-yard touchdown and the Tigers were off to the races.

“By getting up early, it kind of made [Hamilton-Wenham] one-dimensional,” Fessette said. “It worked out.”

Yanakakis led all players with 118 total yards (61 passing, 57 rushing), finishing his Ipswich career with a win.

“This is something I really wanted to do,” Yanakakis said. “I just can’t ask for anything better.”

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Ipswich racked up 243 rushing yards, and Yanakakis was aided by sophomore Josh Mallette (76 yards, two TDs), whose third- and fourth-quarter touchdown runs of 17 and 38 yards slammed the door.

“Those were some tough runs,” Fessette said. “He obviously came to play.”

Fessette was proud of his team winning a rivalry game and a getting a share of the division title on the same day, but he had something else on his mind too, drawing a phrase from one of his assistants.

“The win makes the turkey taste better,” Fessette said.

Jake Caccavaro can be reached at jake.caccarvaro@globe.com.