Byrne on the board: Windham coach picks up first win as Jags crush Memorial

Courtesy PhotoNew Windham football coach Jack Byrne picked up his first win on Friday.

MANCHESTER — First-year Windham coach Jack Byrne is going to remember this one for a while.

But it’s not just because he picked up his first win as a head coach, as his Jags took down Manchester Memorial 35-7. It’s mainly because of who he was surrounded by.

“For me, it just feels good because we have a staff that’s all of my close friends,” said Byrne. “And we had to do a lot of work to get there. To be able to do it with this crew and these kids was pretty special. It’s going to be a pretty cool memory for a long time.”

Windham (1-2) struck early on a Bobby DiCicco 12-yard run, then added another score when backup quarterback Stephen Mague hit Cole Peterson on a 70-yard bomb.

“Stephen really had a great game in his first start,” said Byrne. “It was a complete first game. He’s a really great athlete.”

The Jags had a comfortable 28-0 lead at halftime after DiCicco recovered a fumble 45 yards for a score and Riley Desmarais added a 6-yard TD scamper. It was a quick second half as the Jags cruised to victory, with Keegan Parke adding a 4-yard run to finish the scoring.

Jackson Milano and Peterson were standouts on defense for Windham, which host Manchester Central on Friday (7 p.m.). 

Windham 35, Manchester Memorial 7

Windham (1-2): 14 14 7 0 — 35

Manchester Memorial (1-2):  0  0 0 7 —  7

First Quarter

W — Bobby DiCicco 12 run (Adam Burke)

W — Cole Peterson 70 pass from Stephen Mague (Burke kick)

Second Quarter

W — DiCicco 45 fumble recovery (Burke kick)

W — Riley Desmarais 6 run (Burke kick)

Third Quarter

W — Keegan Parke 4 run (Burke)

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