Hornets can't slow down Northeast offense

Desi Smith/Staff PhotoJake Rich had a touchdown reception against Northeast on Saturday.

The Northeast Regional football team continues to have Manchester Essex's number.

On Saturday the Golden Knights pushed their winning streak over the Hornets up to seven games with a 48-25 win in the Division 5 North consolation round.

With the loss Manchester Essex falls to 1-7 on the year and will play its second consolation game next Saturday at old Commonwealth Athletic Conference rival Shawsheen (2:30 p.m.).

Saturday's loss was a mixed bag as the Hornets showed signs of life, especially on the offensive side of the ball. But mistakes and big plays cost them.

"We did some good things, it was a showing of what we can do at times," head coach Mike Athanas said. "Then we did some things that we've been doing all year and can't correct. Missed assignments, bad tackling, big plays."

The Golden Knights, who moved to 4-5 on the year with the win, jumped out to a 21-0 lead and that proved to be too deep of a hole for Manchester Essex to climb out of.

Led by quarterback Craig Carter, who threw four touchdown passes, the Hornets made it a one-score game in the third quarter, but Northeast dominated the fourth quarter to come away with the 23 point win.

"They got up on us early but we did a nice job to fight back and stay in the game for a while," Athanas said. "Then they hit a few big plays late and ran away with it. We threw some nice balls, made some nice catches but there were too many little mistakes that keep adding up."

Jake Rich, Hunter Flood and Jack Hennigan each had touchdown receptions for Manchester Essex and Athanas also praised the play of senior captain Brett Williams on the defensive line.