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October 4, 2013

Moving The Chains: Salem ready for its first home game tomorrow -- in Beverly

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“We need a win to get our confidence going and build it up,” said Connolly. “We have a committed group of players and coaches here; it’s time for all of us to put a complete game together and get that win.”

An undersized defensive end, Jerry Canada, has opened some eyes on the Salem staff with the way he’s taking on blocks and playing bigger than he is. Juniors Glen Gard and Victor Claudio are two tough linebackers who started vs. Classical and will remain in that role tomorrow against the Vikings.

Salem will be looking to knot up its all-time series with the Vikings at 20-20 in this, their 40th meeting. Winthrop had won seven straight before the Witches scored a 14-0 shutout in 2010, their last clash.

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Following his team’s 38-point home win over Tilton last weekend, Pingree head coach Chris Powers said his squad was hitting the road tomorrow night to face “a powerhouse” team — and it looks like that wasn’t just coach-speak.

The Highlanders will make a 3-hour trip to Connecticut tomorrow afternoon to meet up with Hamden Call Country Day School in a battle of two prep school unbeatens that can put up points — and blow out their opponents — in a hurry.

Pingree has scored 35 and 52 points in wins over Portsmouth Abbey and Tilton, respectively, while allowing just 20. Hamden Hall, however, has been equally frightening with the ball in its hands, having scored 52, 41 and 54 points in routs over Woodstock Academy, Kingswood-Oxford and St. Luke’s (having allowed a total of 52 points). The Hornets also tuned up for the regular season with a 62-6 obliteration of Wilcox Tech.

The two teams have never met on the gridiron before, giving added oomph to what promises to be a tremendous matchup in the Nutmeg State tomorrow night.

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