Once again, however, the Big Blue proved they could take a punch – and counter. Swampscott went 68 yards in 10 plays to put it away, capped by Santry’s 4-yard run.
“Santry is as smart and as tough as any quarterback I’ve had,” Dembowski said. “I knew he had to have a great day for us to have a chance.”
The Big Blue had more than a puncher’s chance in this tilt, and while it may not have ended in a knockout, Rudloff would be the first to admit it was a unanimous decision.
“We got beat in all phases of the game,” Rudloff said. “I wish I could be more flowery about it. We were outplayed at every position. This season, we overachieved; today, we underachieved.”
Swampscott 25, Marblehead 16
at Blocksidge Field, Swampscott
Marblehead (8-3) 0 0 7 9 — 16
Swampscott (5-6) 0 13 0 12 — 25
S-Josh Rothwell 11 pass from Brian Santry (Corey Carmody kick)
S-Santry 20 run (kick failed)
M-Zac Cuzner 4 run (Joe Newall kick)
S-Aaron Cronin 41 pass from Santry (rush failed)
M-Cuzner 7 run (Newall kick)
S-Santry 4 run (kick blocked)
RUSHING: Marblehead — Ian Maag 16-65, Zac Cuzner 9-50, Brooks Tyrrell 11-37; Swampscott — Aaron Cronin 8-47, Brian Santry 15-44, Michael Faia 2-3.
PASSING: Marblehead — Maag 10-19-126-0-2; Swampscott — Santry 18-23-212-2-0.
RECEIVING: Marblehead — Dylan Cressy 3-43, Jeremy Gillis 3-34, Will Millett 2-38, Nick Perry 2-11; Swampscott — Robert Serino 6-92, Cronin 6-80, Josh Rothwell 5-42, Ben Faulkner 1-(-2).
you ought to know The 1972 Swampscott High team was recognized at halftime on the 40th anniversary of its victory over Catholic Memorial, 28-21, in the first MIAA Super Bowl. About 30 members of the team were present, including Mike Jauron and Scott McCallum, who connected on the winning touchdown pass. Assistant coaches Dick Lynch, Fran York and Bill Bush were also in attendance. The Swampscott and Marblehead marching bands combined on a crisp rendition of the Star Spangled Banner. Birds-eye view: As he does occasionally, Swampscott Coach Steve Dembowski watched the first quarter from the roof of the press box, returning to the sidelines to start the second. "I've done it four times this year," he said. "I like to look at their defense and see how they adjust to our formations. I get an idea of what different looks we are going to get." When Swampscott QB Brian Santry hit Robert Serino for a 29-yard gain on the Swampscott sideline with :45 left in the first half, Big Blue assistant coach celebrated with a leap that would have made his high jumpers proud (Bush coaches winter and spring track at Swampscott). Santry, in his first year as the starting QB, finished the year with 2,065 yards passing and 14 TDs, and 427 yards rushing and 11 TDs. For Marblehead, QB Ian Maag finished with 675 yards rushing, Brooks Tyrrell had 612 yards and Zac Cuzner had 568 and scored 13 TDs overall. Swampscott extended its streak of winning at least five games to 12 years. The last time the Big Blue won fewer than five was 2000, when they went 4-7. In the 19 years Dembowksi has been on the coaching staff, including 14 as head coach, the Big Blue have never lost to Marblehead two years in a row. "I thought that was in major jeopardy today," he said.