By Dan Harrison
---- — TOPSFIELD — The Masconomet football team finds itself at a crossroad after last night’s home 33-6 loss to Triton.
Masco sits at 4-3 and has clinched a Division 3 Northeast playoff spot, but if the group can’t find a way to come together for the greater good of Chieftain nation, the team will surely be one-and-done in the postseason.
“It was embarrassing,” explained Masco head coach Jim Pugh. “It’s a great win for Triton they deserved it. They kicked our butts top to bottom. We got out-coached, out-played, out-hit and out-tackled.”
The Chieftains gave up 225 yards of offense in the first half including a 65-yard drive with just over a minute left in the first half that ended in a 23-yard field goal by Triton’s Daniel Cuddy. The drive was helped by a personal foul penalty on the Chieftains, one of a handful the team suffered throughout the contest.
“The sad thing is we lost our composure again. We got whiney and we were loosing our cool,” said Pugh. “That’s not what we’re about and we have to correct it. Some guys are more interested in what’s best for themselves and not what’s best for the team.”
Triton (5-2) signal caller Bradley Whitman rushed for a four-yard touchdown on the team’s opening drive and then connected with Justin Cashman for an 11-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter to put the visitors on top 12-0.
Whitman would add a 16-yard TD-scamper on a quarterback draw early in the fourth quarter before Vikings running back Justin Spillane scored touchdowns of eight and 51-yards to end the game.
“We didn’t block. We didn’t tackle and that’s not a good combination,” explained Pugh. “No excuses. It starts with me. But give them (Triton) credit. That’s as good an offense as we’ve seen.”
The Chieftains managed only 153 yards of offense and needed a big, fourth-down play to get on the scoreboard. Trailing by 12 in the second quarter and staring at a fourth and six, Troy Bunker found Corey Tines in the back right corner of the endzone. Tines got a little separation with his stop-and-go route and did a good job of hauling the ball in with his feet in bounds.
“We didn’t do much right tonight but that was a nice throw-and-catch,” said Pugh. “Now it’s back to the drawing board.”