McDonald (9-of-27, 100 yards, TD, 3 INT) led his team on its only scoring drive by converting a pair of third downs with his legs. He then found Faia from 16 yards out, and Jeremy Epstein’s PAT made it 14-7.
On the next possession, McCuish sacked Whitman to bring up 3rd-and-20. Triton tight end Mark Boyle found a seam up the middle, however, and hauled in a backbreaking 45-yard catch as the Big Blue failed to get the ball back before halftime.
“Huge,” said Triton coach Patrick Sheehan, whose team beat the Big Blue for the first time in four tries. “We turned it over on the previous drive and were backed up. Mark Boyle had a great game today; he ran that route well and Brad delivered a perfect pass.”
With poise, Whitman drove his team the rest of the way and found Desrocher for a 9-yard score. Instead of escaping the half down just one score, Swampscott trailed 21-7.
“That was killer,” said Dembowski. “What we got was a healthy dose of great coaching and good execution by Triton. They neutralized all our strengths.”
Spillane broke two tackles on his way to a 51-yard score (“He made us look silly,” said Dembowski) as the Vikes pulled ahead, 27-6. Whitman added a rushing TD in the fouth, and Swampscott went three-and-out on three straight drives in the interim. The Big Blue also turned it over on three McDonald interceptions.
“Brendan put a lot of pressure on himself. It’s a tough spot to be down 2-3 scores in the second half of your first start,” said Dembowski. “He’ll improve. He’ll be fine.”
Ben Faulkner and Faia each hauled in three balls for Swampscott. The Big Blue were outgained 410-167 in total yardage.