The biggest defensive play for Swampscott came just after Wilhelmsen’s first score when Toby Hale had a strip sack with a vicious backside hit on Ipswich quarter back Kyle Blomster. Swampscott went on to make it 21-7 five plays later and never looked back.
“We knew we needed a pass rush and he (Hale) gave us that spark,” said Dembowski, who also pointed to stellar play from Nathan Raustad.
Ipswich meanwhile didn’t quit in the fourth quarter down 35-7 when Derek Chamberlain muscled his way in from six yards out. Chamberlain and Eddie Flaherty combined for 94 yards on 21 carries while Blomster went 10 of 15 through the air for 163 yards.
Kuljic finished with five catches for 114 yards as Nate Glaster saw double coverage most of the night.
“Aleks is a tough receiver who can take hits. The move he made (on the touchdown), I didn’t know he was that fast,” said Tigers head coach Greg Brotherton. “Derek was awesome leading through the hole and taking on number 35 (Jordan James) and Eddie ran tough as always. I was happy with the run game.”