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July 29, 2013

St. John's Prep, Masco impress at Northeast 7-on-7 East tourney


Owen Rockett, affectionately known to his teammates as “Rocky” also looked great in the passing game finding seams and making a few tough, low-to-the ground grabs. If the Eagles decide to really open things up, he could be a valuable slot receiver.

With all of the turnover at the quarterback position for North Shore teams going into this year it isn’t overly surprising only two teams emerged from pool play this weekend. Swampscott for example, was missing its starting quarterback and went 2-2 losing to Division 1 programs in SJP and Franklin.

“We were in a tough bracket and we hung for a little while,” explained Dembowski. “We were 14-14 with Franklin and they came up with a pick for a score.”

Masconoment saw three different guys step in as signal caller with Troy Bunker, Roby Deschenes and Mike MacKay all getting time behind center. Saturday’s event gave Chieftains head coach Jim Pugh a chance, as a spectator, to see where his team stacks up through the air.

“We’ve been doing these since they started in ’96 at Masco. It’s not tackle football but you can learn a lot about yourself,” said Pugh. “It’s all about competing.”

Pugh liked what he saw from a number of guys including Mackenzie Cashin, Mike Tvinis and Harry Cwik including a pick-six from Cwik. Cashin was an extremely productive runner at fullback for Masco last year and Tvinis is poised for a break-out season after being hampered by injury most of last fall.

Tvinis also talked about the opportunity the 7v7 tournament provides teams looking to roll into preseason without as little rust as possible.

“It shows what level we are at in the passing game and how it can come together,” said Tvinis. “It’s a base-point to work off of. It’s fun and it lets everyone get some playing time to see where their skills are and to get some experience.”

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