“Their skill people are fast. They’re good, strong up front and they’re playing with a lot of confidence,” Pugh said. “They’re peaking at the right time. We need to turn things around.”
Masconomet lost starting running back Michael Tivinis to a broken collarbone. Rogers knows Danvers can’t relax, though.
“We have to play very strong defense,” Rogers said. “We talk of offense winning games here or there, but defense will win you a championship. When games are on the line, the defense has done a phenomenal job. We’ve come up with big stops when it really matters.”
Valles has been good at linebacker for Danvers and Andy Curtin has also been an unsung hero on defense for the Falcons.
Danvers has to control Masco’s running game and make sure Corey Tines doesn’t make any big plays on the outside.
“I think (Troy) Bunker is a phenomenal athlete at quarterback and their receiver has big-play capability, especially on the deep ball,” Rogers said.
Mackenzie Cashin will be a key offensive player for the Chieftains with Tivinis on the shelf, and Pugh has liked the play tight end Nolan Rice has provided.
On defense, Gavin Monagle, Cashin, Steve O’Reilly and Mike MacKay have played well for Masco.
“We gotta slow down Danvers,” Pugh said. “They’re explosive and fast. We need our defense and our linebackers to step up and have a big week.”