DANVERS-- The Thanksgiving Day turkey ended up being extra tasty for the Gloucester football team Thursday.
That’s because the team came away with a hard fought, hard hitting and well earned 28-19 win over rival Danvers on the road at Deering Stadium.
The Fishermen, who picked up their third straight win to finish off the year at 4-7, made several clutch defensive plays in the second half and built a comfortable 22 point halftime lead holding off a late Danvers (5-6) surge to preserve the victory, the eighth straight Thanksgiving Day win for the Fishermen.
“That was Fishermen football out there, just fighting until the end,” Senior captain Mark Horgan said. “It was a physical game, (Danvers) thought they were back in it early in the second half with a couple of breaks but we made plays when we needed to. It was a really physical game, lots of hard hits and lots of hits after the whistle.”
Ahead 22-0 after a dominant first half, the Fishermen looked to be cruising to a win, out-gaining the Falcons 250-55 at the break. Danvers, however, showed a lot of heart playing itself back into the contest.
Three fourth down stops in the last two quarters and a big interception by Horgan, however, kept the game in Gloucester’s favor.
Horgan’s interception at midfield with the Falcons moving and trailing 22-13 with 6:00 to go in the third proved to be a turning point in the contest as Gloucester followed it up with a score to take a 28-13 lead.
On the ensuing Danvers drive Jordan Pallazola came away with what could have been the stop of the game, a fourth and one stop with Danvers driving at the Fishermen 26 yard line. Danvers went for it again on fourth down in the fourth quarter but senior captain Santo Parisi scooped up a failed pitch attempt to thwart another Danvers drive.