Photo Gallery: McCann Hornets vs. Palmer High School
NORTH ADAMS -- Blood gushed from Robert Doucette's nose. Palmer quarterback Aaron Palmer slowly peeled himself off the grass of McCann Tech's field after absorbing a skull-rattling hit from defensive lineman Adam Dufur.
The Hornets' 48-0 win over overmatched Palmer on Saturday was chock full of hits that would have surely made ESPN's now-defunct "Jacked Up" segment.
"It's kinda scary times," McCann coach Bob LeClair said. "They had some little kids. I feared them, too. When we gotta unload on ya, we'll unload on ya."
The Hornets (5-0) unloaded on Palmer more than a bellhop unloading luggage at a busy hotel. The aformentioned hits were just some of the more memorable ones.
Dufur's vicious delivery actually drew a 15-yard penalty because he went helmet-to-helmet with Palmer.
To say Palmer was concerned about winning this game would imply it actually had a chance. More appropriately, the Panthers should have been concerned only about leaving McCann intact and relatively injury-free.
Doucette received more than his fair share of punishment while running the ball, although the bloody nose happened while he was back in coverage on a pass play. Doucette came out for a few plays but re-entered the game.
Palmer never re-entered the game after getting K.O.'d in the opening minutes. Palmer went three-and-out on the opening drive of the game. McCann took over at the Panthers' 32-yard line and quickly marched down the short field. Running back Dylan Darling went over from 4 yards out to put McCann ahead 7-0 with 6:45 left in the first quarter.
Levi Lawson scored on a reverse almost exactly two minutes later following another quick Palmer three-and-out. The Panthers' offense sputtered all day long, finishing with only 66 yards. McCann, by comparison, finished with 342.
Palmer, the quarterback, looked skirmish even on running plays. On the Panthers' third drive, with his team running a sweep to the far side, Palmer threw a lousy pitch to Doucette, who watched the ball glance off his hands and skip back toward his end zone.
The play resulted in a 14-yard loss that backed Palmer up to its 1-yard line. The Hornets stuffed Maxwell Garrant in the backfield on the next play for a safety.
McCann didn't trek far for its first three touchdowns. It started drives on Palmer's 31-, 38- and 44-yard line.
On the last one, Brett Pecor followed an infantry of linemen, at half-speed, into the end zone for a 44-yard touchdown run which made it 22-0 with 3:08 left in the first quarter.
"I was jogging," said Pecor, who finished with a team-high 94 yards on eight carries. "There was a huge hole. I had two good blockers picking people to block. They made my job easy."
McCann won the toss but deferred by design, letting its suffocating defense, which pitched its third shutout of the season, bait Palmer into a mistakes. The Panthers were pretty much stuck in a holding pattern the rest of the afternoon.
"We had the short field," LeClair said. "We kicked off to them, forced them deep. That's all we needed to get it going."
The Hornets had seven players carry the ball at least once, and six players scored. Darling finished with 87 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns. One of those came when quarterback Nick Lincoln found Darling alone for a 24-yard TD pass late in the second quarter.
Darling said he prefers not being a featured back in McCann's offense because it enables him to fly under the radar.
"I think it's better if we spread it around," he said. "It makes us more of a weapon. Defenses can't look at just one person; they have to look at everyone."
Lincoln couldn't top his best game last week but finished a respectable 4-of-7 for 51 yards and no interceptions.
Palmer had only two turnovers -- an interception and a fumble -- despite coughing up the ball a staggering seven times. Doucette was the guilty party on most of those occassions.
If there was one thing to fault McCann for, it was an inability to come up with the ball under the pile.
In the larger picture, the only statistic that mattered was this one: The Hornets are undefeated and have outscored opponents 172-14.
"We know if we lose one game, we're gonna drop in the standings," Pecor said. "We kinda knew we had this [one]."
McCann Tech 48, Palmer 0
MG 22 7 13 6
First quarter MT -- Dylan Darling 4 run (PAT good), 6:45
MT -- Levi Lawson 38 run (PAT good), 4:42
MT -- safety 3:25
MT -- Brett Pecor 44 run (PAT no good), 3:08
MT -- Dylan Darling 24 pass from Nick Lincoln (PAT good), 1:18
MT-- Billy Lincoln 2 run (PAT no good), 6:49
Adam Dufur 3 run (PAT good), 1:26
MT -- Eathan Heller 3 run (PAT no good), 4:18
Rushes-yards 35-291 29-15
Comp-att-int 4-7-0 5-14-1
Passing yards 51 51
Fumbles-lost 1-0 7-1
Penalties-yards 5-45 1-5
RUSHING -- MT: Brett Pecor 8-94; Dylan Darling 10-63; Eathan Heller 8-63; Levi Lawson 3-46; Adam Dufur 3-15; Nick Lincoln 2-8; Billy Lincoln 1-2; P: Maxwell Garrant 12-23; Austin Smith 4-15; Mitchell Domnarski 1-1; Aaron Palmer 3-(-15); Robert Doucette 9-(-9).
PASSING -- MT: Nick Lincoln 4-7-51-TD; P: Aaron Palmer 4-13-50; Ryan McCarthy 1-1.
RECEIVING -- MT: Tim BeBlois 1-11; Rahmer Vincent 2-16; Dylan Darling 1-24; P: Maxwell Garrant 3-49; Robert Doucette 1-1.