SWAMPSCOTT – In analyzing Swampscott’s improbable but convincing 25-16 win over Marblehead at Blocksidge Field Thursday, it is natural to speculate that the Magicians were still suffering the emotional fallout from a loss to Beverly less than two weeks ago that decided the CAL/NEC Div 2 title.
Jim Rudloff does not see it that way.
“I don’t think today had anything to do with the Beverly game,” the Marblehead coach said. “Today was about being outcoached, outplayed and out-motivated … We got our (butts) kicked.”
That sums up what transpired before a crowd of about 3,000 on a perfect day for football. While the score and statistics were reasonably close, once the Big Blue jumped out to a 13-0 lead in the second quarter, you never had the feeling they were going to lose.
“I thought it was important for us to get the first score and win the first quarter,” Swampscott Coach Steve Dembowski said. “To get out of it 0-0 was good. I told our guys the longer we could stay in the heavyweight match, the more pressure on (Marblehead).”
The Magicians blinked first in the form of two key offside penalties, the latter of which prevented them from taking over on downs when the Big Blue threw an incomplete pass on fourth-and-four from the Marblehead 23. Five plays later, Swampscott quarterback Brian Santry found Josh Rothwell wide open over the middle for an 11-yard TD with 5:41 left in the half.
The completion was one of eight straight that Santry had to close out the second quarter. The senior co-captain continued his precision-like passing in the second half, finishing 18 for 23 overall for 212 yards and two TDs. He also rushed for two TDs.
“This is unbelievable … surreal,” Santry said. “This is what the Big Blue does. You can never count us out.”