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September 9, 2013

Big Blue have big work to do

SWAMPSCOTT — Excellent quarterback play and timely chunks of yardage picked up by an opportunistic running back are common sights at Swampscott’s Blocksidge Field.

It’s not normally the team in white making those plays, however.

The Big Blue swallowed the bitter taste of their own medicine Saturday, where Triton ran the spread to perfection in a 33-7 victory over the hosts.

Vikings quarterback Brad Whitman threw for 173 yards and two scores and running back Justin Spillane added 141 yards on the ground as Triton averaged better than eight yards a snap.

Swampscott’s offense, on the other hand, was out of sync most of the afternoon. The Big Blue produced 167 yards and far too few scoring opportunities. Missed reads, dropped passes and short gains were the norm for the hosts as Triton made clutch grabs and picked up yardage in chunks.

“This didn’t look like it’s drawn up today and that’s my fault,” said Swampscott head coach Steve Dembowski. “I have to coach better and we have to find a way to play better.”

The Big Blue had their moments — a couple of nice catches by Anthony Rizzo, Brendan McDonald’s TD pass to Mike Faia and two sacks by Mike McCuish among them. Swampscott needs to find some consistency in a short week before Thursday’s game against defending Catholic Central League champ St. Mary’s of Lynn.

“If we don’t win this week, we’re really in trouble (in terms of the playoffs),” said Dembowski. “The good thing for us is St. Mary’s will come right out and hit us in the face. That’s how they play, and we’ll know pretty early in the game how we respond to that.”

Early in Saturday’s game, Swampscott fell behind 14-0. Nicholas Desrocher opened the scoring with an end-around. After the Big Blue went 3-and-out, Triton scored again on a Whitman pass to Mark Boyle.

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