By Dakota Antelman, Editor-in-chief
HUDSON – The Hudson Hawks football team saw their playoff push come to an end on the road against Bishop Fenwick on November 12.
After the game, coach Dan McAnespie remained positive about a season still on the way to his Thanksgiving final against Marlborough.
âWe’re having a good season right now,â McAnespie told the Community Advocate after a 42-13 loss. âWe just got beaten by a good football team. But we are still having a good season.
Playoffs end at Peabody
Hudson worked his way into a clash with Bishop Fenwick by first upsetting sixth-placed Austin Prep in this year’s first round. MIAA qualifiers.
The victory came as a triumphant return to the playoffs for a team that had spent several years away.
âIt’s a great feeling for our kids,â McAnespie said after the game. âWere excited. Hudson is excited right nowâ¦ It’s a really good program win for us.
As they traveled to Peabody on November 12, the Hawks quickly saw the Crusaders take a quick lead.
Bishop Fenwick quarterback Stephen Woods threw four touchdown passes against Hudson. The Crusaders’ defense continued to keep the pressure on as the Hawks looked to respond, with the defensive line frequently sending Hudson quarterback Jake Attaway scrambling for open space.
âTheir defensive line was really good,â McAnespie said. âThey put some pressure on us.
Despite all the pressure, Attaway managed to connect with his receivers on a number of big plays against Bishop Fenwick.
âOur kids were opening up,â McAnespie said. “We dropped a few balls but our kids were opening as we wanted.”
âIt’s a great comfort to know they’re out there,â Attaway said of his receiving body.
Thanksgiving hawk eye
Hudson maintained a high energy level despite the deficit, adding a 3-yard touchdown on the final play of the game when Jacob Rudd slammed into a crowd of Bishop Fenwick defensemen on the goal line.
Moments earlier, after a Hawks defenseman dealt a particularly brutal blow to an opponent of Bishop Fenwick, one of the people running the first chains of the game remarked that the Hawks were indeed hitting hard.
“This is what you have to do,” assistant coach Jake Wardwell said in response.
With Nov. 12 behind them, the Hawks are now focused on their Thanksgiving game against Marlborough.
After a period of Panther domination in a more than century-old rivalry, Hudson is hoping for a victory in front of a hometown crowd at the Morgan Bowl.
âWe’re going to be getting together over the next two weeks and we’ve had a big one for Thanksgiving,â McAnespie said.
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