It all came down to the numbers yesterday morning. The Sandwich Blue Knights had the roster numbers, and when it came to the final score it was all Knights as they came away with a 41-6 Thanksgiving Day victory over visiting Mashpee, bringing the Cranberry-Friendship Trophy back to Sandwich after it spent the last five years in Mashpee.
“We haven’t beaten Mashpee in five years,” Sandwich coach Bill Luette said. “It feels good.”
The Falcons took the field this year with an already depleted squad, thinned further by injury. After stopping the Knights on their first possession, the Falcons were unable to hold Sandwich back a second time as the Knights got the ball with less than two minutes to play in the opening quarter and scored on an Adam Billard pass over the middle to Kenny Grady from 35-yards out. Pat Kane split the upright with the point after and Sandwich took a 7-0 lead.
The Falcons fumbled the ball early in the second quarter and Nick Manning fell on it, setting Sandwich up at midfield. A tackle for a loss by Mashpee’s Ethan West forced a Sandwich punt. Good runs by West and Dominic Cassel moved the ball, but a bad snap on a fourth and 12 punt by the Falcons gave Sandwich the ball on the Mashpee five-yard line with 3:48 to play in the half. A minute later Billard found Jake Kangas in the left corner of the end zone for a second SHS touchdown. The PAT sailed wide, leaving the Knights up 13-0.
The Blue Knight defense forced Mashpee to punt on their next possession. Taking the ball over at the MHS 45-yard line with 1:48 on the clock, the Knights went after the endzone. Falcon defensive back Kevin Frye broke up a pass intended for Johnny Stanton, but on the next play from, the eight-yard line, Marc Petersen ran the ball around the left side of the Mashpee line for a TD, and Kane hit the extra point to send the Knights into the break with a 20-0 lead.
Sandwich score with 3:15 left in the third quarter on a Billard pass to Kangas that went for 55-yards. Before the end of the third the Knights were back in the end zone on a pass to Henry O’Brien. This time Mashpee’s Jake Martini blocked the PAT, giving the Knights a 33-0 lead.
The Falcons got onto the scoreboard with 8:06 left to play on a pass from QB Nick Carpenter to Frye from 23-yards out, but Carpenter was stopped on the two-point conversion try.
Kangas scored his third TD of the morning with 3:18 left in the game on a right side sweep. The snap on the extra point try was off line, leaving Kangas, the holder, to run the ball in for the game’s final two points.