Practice fast. Produce. Keep your foot on the gas.
Three mantras for 2013 Marblehead football played a role in the Magicians’ 44-0 opening game win over the Danvers Falcons Friday night.
Marblehead controlled the line of scrimmage.
Its stable of running backs lowered their shoulders, crashing forward and pounding out extra yards after first, second and third hits.
And the Magicians defense stymied the Falcons offense.
The effort was there, reflected in the purposeful running by junior running back Brooks Tyrrell.
“Brooks Tyrrell was a horse ...,” Marblehead Coach Jim Rudloff said. “He made yards that weren’t there — running people over.”
He scored two TDs and gained well over 100 yards.
Quarterback Matt Millett played well, managing the offense in his first start at the position, the coach said.
The entire offensive line played strong throughout the game.
The team asks a lot of Liam Gillis. He plays guard on the O line and middle linebacker on D.
Friday the player answered the call, displaying a fast first step, something he has been working on, the coach said.
The Magicians defense kept up the pressure.
Even with five minutes to go in the fourth quarter, the Marblehead defense shouldered through the line, sacking Danvers' quarterback.
The coach was pleased with the persistence.
He said last year the team let the opposition back in the game late.
The goal this year is different.
“This is the time that we put the foot on the gas,” he said.
At practice the team is working faster and accomplishing more; and the faster pace carried over to the field Friday.
The coach thinks Danvers will have a good season, but this was Marblehead’s night.
"We came out ready," he said.