SWAMPSCOTT — The Big Blue were left wondering when they might catch a big break.
Swampscott fell a yard short of forcing a third overtime, after falling a second short of a game-winning field goal try in regulation, and swallowed a difficult 32-30 loss to Gloucester at Blocksidge Field Saturday afternoon.
Quarterback Brendan McDonald powered into the end zone on fourth down after the Fisherman scored first in the second OT, but the Big Blue’s Desmond Wilhelmsen was stopped shy on the two-point conversion try.
“We’re snakebit when it comes to making the winning play. The kids played their hearts out and it’s unfortunate that we end up with a loss. We’re a team that has no luck,” said Swampscott head coach Steve Dembowski, whose team fell to 1-5 and 0-3 in NEC North action.
With the loss, the Big Blue’s playoff hopes are likely history.
“We blew our chance to finish second in the league. We did a lot of good things (but) didn’t take advantage.”
The Big Blue played inspired football most of the afternoon, shutting out Gloucester (5-2) in the first half and taking the lead on four occasions. A costly fumble with 2:57 to play set up the Fishermen’s tying touchdown, a 17-yard run by John Salvi-Souza with 55 seconds remaining.
McDonald (255 yards passing) then hooked up with Ryan Cresta to put the hosts in field goal range, but a holding penalty brought it back to midfield. He then hit Ben Faulkner, who ran down to the 5-yard line. Swamspcott was out of timeouts, though, and by the time they spiked the ball time had expired.
Swampscott’s Jeremy Epstein hit a 30-yard field goal in overtime to put his team ahead, 24-21 (“He’s been awesome all year,” Dembowski said), and the Big Blue defense forced a field goal try that Gloucester’s Eli Horne converted to set up overtime number two.