“Brooks makes people who make mistakes look bad and he also makes the offensive linemen look good. The line stepped up in the second half and did some very good things.”
For Masco (5-4), the biggest plays were those short runs deep in Marblehead territory at the end of the third quarter. Senior Ben Rosembaum fell on a fumble one play after Craig’s sack stopped the Chieftains at the 31. That gave Masco the ball at the Marblehead 24-yard line in prime position to take the lead.
A host of Marblehead tacklers led by Liam Gillis and Will Millett had other ideas, turning the Chieftains over on downs by bursting over the line of scrimmage.
“They make the big plays,” said Masco coach Jim Pugh. “We saw No. 9 (Will Millett) lined up and we needed to get a body on him. We never got any offense established.”
“That was the only time they used a stack-I and I spent 60 hours preparing for that. They ruined my week,” Rudloff quipped. “But seriously, the kids were ready for that and there was no panic. I loved the way we played on defense.”
Masco’s Gavin Monagle actually intercepted Matt Millett with 8:18 to go, giving his team another chance to pull even or ahead with the score still 13-7. Marblehead’s defense forced another turnover on downs, however, this time outside the red zone.
“We still had a chance. The kids played hard,” said Pugh. “We’ve been talking about getting the pride back and we were proud of the effort.”
Mike MacKay had three sacks for the Chieftains and Harry Cwik caught four passes for 103 yards and a 61-yard score in the third quarter. He cut back across the field to go the distance and make it 13-7.
Matt Millett was limited to 48 yards passing by an excellent Chieftain pass rush and a secondary that came up with interceptions by Monagle two by Corey Tines. For Marblehead, Jeremy Gillis and Dylan Cressy had interceptions as the teams combined for seven turnovers.