Pass catchers have long been a staple of Swampscott's success, and this fall is no different. A.J. Baker may lead the team in receptions (38), but captains Peter Yasi and Pat Costin are also constant threats while a plethora of others, such as Zach Beermann, give the Big Blue tremendous depth. In all, 12 different players have caught at least one pass.
"We're at our best when everyone makes plays and we spread it out," said Dembowski.
"If you look at what they've done over the season, it seems to me that they came from behind a number of times. They're always in games until the very end," added Bauer.
Both the stakes and emotions will be high come Saturday afternoon, but the teams know all the pre-game talks and rah-rah chants will go out the window once the opening kickoff takes place.
"Everyone knows it's a big game," said Bauer, "but we're not hounding and harping on that. We're just focusing on getting ready to play. That other stuff takes care of itself."