The Spartans (4-1) responded to each of North Shore’s first three possessions by posting points, and by the time halftime rolled around, the Bulldogs were trailing, 22-0.
“It was good momentum. We had great respect for North Shore; they’ve been putting points up on the board, so we had to play well on defense,” St. Mary’s coach Matt Durgin said. “I thought we did that. We got key stops at key times.”
North Shore Tech/Essex Aggie was left to chase its guests the rest of the afternoon.
Ross Murphy finished with 106 yards rushing and two touchdowns for NST/EA, while teammate Chris Sudak produced 91 yards on the ground, including a 21-yard touchdown run.
St. Mary’s, meanwhile, had a pair of 100-yard rushers in Jordan Collier and John Gaeta. Collier had 127 yards on nine carries and three scores, while Gaeta, a fullback, ran for 110 yards on 12 carries with one TD.
“Great teams have lost football games and gone on to win a Super Bowl,” Worth said. “You gotta learn from it. You have to convert when you have the opportunity.”