“You just can’t turn the ball over like that in the first series on the first play,” English coach Peter Holey said. “Against a good team like that, they start running downhill and you can’t stop them.
“At 35-0 at the half, I challenged the kids to not pack it in and they didn’t. They came out fighting and I’m very proud of the second half.”
English outscored Marblehead 14-6 over the final 22 minutes.
Rudloff was pleased with the progress coming off the bye and hopes it continues into this week.
“More than anything else, I said to my guys ‘I’m really happy that we got better’,” Rudloff said. “We need to get better for next Friday, if we’re playing who we think we’re playing.”
Rudloff believes the Magicians will host Wilmington in the first round of the playoffs Friday night. Wilmington entered its game with Watertown last night with a 2-4 record, playing a challenging schedule out of the Middlesex League.
“We said so many times (last night), ‘let’s put together four good quarters’ and I think we did,” Rudloff said. “We had a chance to get some kids some experience. We made some mistakes out there at the end, and our job is to fix those mistakes and learn about our next opponent.”