MANCHESTER — Manchester Essex quarterback Craig Carter found the end zone from a yard out in double overtime last night to give the Hornets a thrilling 26-20 victory over Ipswich.
Manchester Essex (3-3) rallied in the fourth quarter to force overtime after Carter hooked up with Liam Logue for a 19-yard touchdown pass on fourth down with under four minutes left to play in regulation. Chris Dumont rushed in the conversion to tie the game at 14-all.
“We just executed better (in the fourth quarter). We’re there, we just haven’t been able to plays when we need to and we were able to do that in this game,” said Manchester Essex coach Mike Athanas. “I’m proud of the kids, they played hard all game.”
In the first overtime period, Carter found Dumont in the backfield for a 12-yard touchdown pass on third down. The conversion pass was batted down, but the Hornets were able to stop Ipswich’s conversion attempt after the Tigers’ Curtis Levasseur had scored the game tying-touchdown on a one yard run.
Carter showed great pocket awareness all game, eluding Ipswich’s pass rushers and keeping plays alive with his feet. On a fourth down play in the second quarter he evaded the rush and hit Seth Cohen for a 41-yard pass down the five yard line, before Dumont punched in a two-yard touchdown run.
Levassuer rushed for a four-yard touchdown to open the second quarter and the Tigers scored again with five seconds left in the half after Kyle Blomster connected with Nate Glaster for a 24-yard touchdown pass to put Ipswich up 14-6 at the break.
Ipswichs’ offense sputtered in the second overtime and was forced to try a 24-yard field goal attempt, as kicker Alex Kuljic missed wide left. The Hornets took advantage and on the ensuing position on 3-8, Dumont rushed seven yards to the one-yard line, setting up Carter’s heroics.