Marblehead’s dominance carried over into the second half, scoring three more touchdowns before Swampscott (4-7) got on the board. Spencer Craig picked off Swampscott quarterback Brendan McDonald and ran it back 77 yards for a score, while Tyrrell punched in runs from 1 and 77 yards out.
“We didn’t want the lead to distract us,” added Rudloff. “That’s a testament to the group of seniors we have. They took the biggest leap from junior to senior year. We asked them to step up and they really responded.”
Swampscott scored in the final minutes of the third quarter as McDonald connected with Cam Frary for a 16-yard TD pass. McDonald, who went 11-of-23 passing for 122 yards, also threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to fellow senior Desmond Wilhelmsen in the fourth quarter.
”I think the biggest factor was they won the coin toss and took the wind,” said Swampscott head coach Steve Dembowski. “They pinned us deep. We had lousy field position and they converted on some huge third downs in the first half that really hurt us.
”They’re very good; we knew they were very good. With the bad start we just didn’t play well, so it was too much to overcome.”
Wilhelmsen rushed for 114 yards on 26 carries.
Marblehead rushed for 366 yards a team while the Big Blue totaled 115 yards on the ground.
Marblehead 51, Swampscott 13
at Piper Field, Marblehead
Swampscott (4-7) 0 0 7 6 — 13
Marblehead (9-2) 13 19 19 0 — 51
M-Brooks Tyrrell 24 run (Garrett Keogh kick)
M-Jeremy Gillis 78 pass from Matt Millett (kick failed)
M-Tyrrell 2 run (pass failed)
M-Tyrrell 68 run (pass failed)
M-Tyrrell 20 run (Keogh kick)
M-Tyrrell 1 run (Keogh kick)
M-Spencer Craig 32 interception return (rush failed)
M-Tyrrell 77 run (kick failed)
S-Cam Frary 16 pass from Brendan McDonald (Jeremy Epstein kick)
S-Desmond Wilhelmsen 13 pass from McDonald (rush failed)
RUSHING: Swampscott — Desmond Wilhelmsen 26-114, Brendan McDonald 3-4, Ryan Cresta 1-0; Marblehead — Brooks Tyrrell 25-304, Matt Millett 5-33, Ben Anderson 2-29.
PASSING: Swampscott — McDonald 11-23-122-2-4; Marblehead — M. Millett 3-5-91-1-0.
RECEIVING: Swampscott — Wilhelmsen 3-38, Cresta 1-38, Cam Frary 2-26, Trevor Kelly 2-13, Ben Faulkner 2-6, Michael Faia 1-1; Marblehead — Jeremy Gillis 1-78, Tyrrell 1-13, David Bolognese 1-0.