That block by Cashin came in the final seconds of the third quarter, allowing Tivinis to score from 2 yards out and increasing Masco’s lead to 28-14. (Saugus had rallied to make it a 20-14 game by scoring two touchdowns in 50 seconds after controlling the ball for over eight minutes).
After Sachems’ quarterback Justin Winn’s 12-yard touchdown pass to Dan Cacciola, Saugus tried an onsides kick and recovered it near midfield. Seth Roy broke loose for a 44-yard touchdown run, and after adding the two-point conversion Masco’s lead had been cut to six points.
“Our offense bailed us out after the defense had that letdown in the third quarter,” said Pugh. “When you play an option team like Saugus everyone has to stick to their assignments, but our guys were not doing what they were supposed to. After they recovered that onsides kick we were back on our heels.”
The defense did come up big, however, in stopping Saugus on fourth down three times. The Sachems went for it on fourth down at their own 25 trying to make something happen in the fourth quarter, but the Chieftains’ Kyle Taggart tackled Winn for a loss, and on the next play Tivinis broke loose again for his fourth TD of the night to wrap things up.
A late Saugus trip to the red zone ended when Andrew Mastrangelo recovered a fumble at his own 20-yard line.
The Chieftains travel to North Reading next Friday.