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December 8, 2008

Hornets Big Three comes through again

FOXBOROUGH — As they have all season, the three big playmakers on the Manchester Essex football team came up with huge games once again in the Hornets' 36-6 victory over Tri-County in the Division 4 Super Bowl at Gillette Stadium.

Ben Kekeisen, Pat Orlando and Brian Ciccone carried the Hornets offense.

Early in the game it was Kekeisen making the plays as he caught two passes on the first drive of the game and scored from 10 yards out after breaking five tackles. Once the defense keyed in on Kekeisen, Ciccone made big plays hauling in a 43-yard catch and leading the Hornets in rushing with 65 yards. Ciccone and Kekeisen combined to gain 205 yards of total offense.

"You can't stop us both," Kekeisen said. "Early on I got some yards and Brian did it later in the game. (Ciccone) is so fast, once he gets a seam he is gone."

Orlando, of course, also did his part, throwing for 172 yards and three TDs.

Kraft loves Super Saturday

Patriots owner Bob Kraft is responsible for getting the high school Super Bowl games at Gillette Stadium the last two years. Kraft is a big fan of the system and hopes to have the games there for years to come.

"Our family is thrilled to have the High School kids play here," Kraft said. "They will establish memories they will take with them for the rest of their lives. The games are recorded and will be on file at Patriots Place so these kids can come down 20 years from now and watch the games."

With its Super Bowl victory, Manchester Essex will now have a team jersey enshrined in the Patriots Hall of Fame for the next year. That was also a nice touch from Kraft.

Circus catches a plenty

The Hornets also brought their hands to Gillette Stadium, coming away with three memorable circus catches.

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