Short­handed Har­bor­men back on roll

Boston Herald - - NHL SCOREBOARD - By GREG DUDEK Twit­ter: @GDudek10

HINGHAM — In­juries have cer­tainly cre­ated their share of ad­ver­sity for Hingham.

First, start- ing quar­ter­back Jack John­son suf­fered a bro­ken col­lar­bone, then two-way stand­out Jonathan Bear­den was forced to the side­lines with an undis­closed ail­ment.

The Har­bor­men were also dealt their first loss last week, but they re­ceived the per­fect dose of medicine last night from a stel­lar rush­ing at­tack and suf­fo­cat­ing de­fense.

Led by Kevin Shea’s three to­tal touch­downs, Hingham ran for nearly 200 yards and forced three turnovers to dom­i­nate Ply­mouth North for a 34-8 Pa­triot League win.

“Just stick­ing to­gether as a team has done us the best,” Shea said. “It’s plain and sim­ple. We’re do­ing what we usu­ally do just mi­nus two guys.”

Hingham’s ground-and­pound of­fense flexed its mus­cles with three dif­fer­ent run­ning backs find­ing the end zone.

It started early when Hingham (4-1) ex­e­cuted a 10-play, 69-yard drive capped by an 11-yard touch­down from Char­lie Egan (eight car­ries, 65 yards). Owen O’Brien added the two-point con­ver­sion for an 8-0 lead late in the first quar­ter.

Hingham then forced fum­bles on back-to-back pos­ses­sions for Ply­mouth North (4-2). The Har­bor­men cap­i­tal­ized on the turnovers with Shea (12 car­ries, 58 yards) scor­ing on a 6-yard run be­fore catch­ing a pass along the side­line, break­ing a tackle and tip-toe­ing in for a 16-yard touch­down and a 20-0 half­time lead.

“(Shea’s) been a dy­namic run­ner for us,” said Hingham coach Jim Con­nor. “That’s what our of­fense is. We got four run­ning backs in­clud­ing the quar­ter­back. When we can get all of it work­ing and keep it in check, then it frees up big­play op­por­tu­ni­ties for guys like Kevin.”

While Ply­mouth North scored in the third quar­ter on a 35-yard pass from Austin Lit­tle­wood to Johnell Fil­lip­pini, the Blue Ea­gles only mus­tered 91 yards of to­tal of­fense.

Hingham’s de­fense rou­tinely cre­ated great field po­si­tion, as its of­fense started five drives in Ply­mouth North ter­ri­tory with Grady Har­ring­ton fin­ish­ing one with an 8-yard TD run.

A Jack Clougherty in­ter­cep­tion set up Shea’s fi­nal score, a rush from 3 yards out, to cap Hingham’s im­pres­sive per­for­mance.

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