North Andover- Merrimack’s homecoming weekend proved to be lucky, as the Warriors edged out the Assumption College Greyhounds. This was the final regular season matchup for both teams; however, Merrimack earned a playoff berth with this victory.
Entering the game, Joe Clancy, senior quarterback, has hurled over 300 yards in 7 of 8 games. Clancy finished his final college regular season game with 415 passing yards and 5 touchdowns.
There were two scores in the first quarter, as Bobby Jordan, Assumption’s junior quarterback connected with his leading receiver, Eddy Frazier, for a 15 yard score.
One of the most interesting plays of this game came at the Assumption 15, as Clancy was under pressure, and dumped it off to his roommate and left tackle, Kevin Marks. The Warriors followed up on that as Clancy hit his favorite sophomore target in Zach Ingalls for a touchdown, followed by a 2-point conversion.
Assumption started the second quarter with a bang as sophomore Matt Heriveaux scored on a 55 yard run. Merrimack fought back as Joe Clancy threw a bullet into double coverage that was caught by Steve Serwon for his 5th touchdown pass from Clancy on the year.
Serwon, along with Clancy and many other members of the Merrimack team had their senior day, as they were escorted to the field by members of their family.
Greyhound quarterback Bobby Jordan had a 30 yard touchdown run to follow up. Jordan finished the day as the team’s leading rusher. He put forth an impressive 100 ground yards including a touchdown on 25 carries. He threw for 240 yards and 3 touchdowns, but was sacked 5 times.
Entering the fourth quarter, Merrimack was ahead 28-27. Bobby Jordan made yet another connection with Eddy Frazier for a 65 yard touchdown, which gave the Greyhounds a 33-28 lead.
After a 35 yard kick return from Quinn McDonough, John Perry’s explosive offense came back. A flea flicker reiterated the Clancy to Isaiah Voegeli connection that has worked so well for the Warriors all year, as they hooked up on a 55 yard touchdown pass. Jimon Hill, Merrimack’s senior halfback later capitalized with a 49 yard touchdown catch for himself.
Assumption scored again to make the game within a field goal, but as Merrimack got the ball back with 1:36 left on the clock, there was no denying that the Warriors would continue their season into the playoffs.
Joe Clancy held on to his Northeast-10 passing yards record, as did Voegeli in receiving yards. Isaiah Voegeli finished the game with 163 receiving yards and a touchdown.
In a high scoring game, Merrimack’s leading defender, junior Matt Tripicchio, sacked Assumption’s Bobby Jordan an impressive 3 times. Tripicchio added 13 total tackles to his record on the day, also.
Merrimack now has a lifetime record of 13-3 against the Greyhounds. The Warriors will take on St. Anslem in the Northeast-10 playoff game next Saturday.