”In the fourth quarter we had an idea of what was going to happen, but for the most part we stuck with the same game plan,” said Schleer, who threw for 133 yards on 11 passes. “They were coming in hard from the outside, so I had a mental clock to get rid of the ball. Sometimes it was difficult to make reads.
”Everett didn’t show us anything that we hadn’t seen on tape. They came right at us and it’s just a credit to them, because they played hard. We wish them luck in the Super Bowl.”
It was the first playoff appearance for the Chieftains since 2009, but seventh all-time for one of Pugh’s teams.
With the Northeastern/Cape Ann League Tier 1 Player of the Year in Dylan Mann and Coach of the Year in Pugh, Masco believed it could contend with mighty Crimson Tide. Five turnovers and not enough time with ball proved to be costly, however.
”We prepared thinking we had a good shot,” said Pugh. “From the beginning to the end we weren’t able to get going. The turnovers killed us, but Everett is a great football team. We thought we were going to be able to compete a little better than we did, but we have a long way to go.
”We have to thank the senior class, which got us back into the playoffs again. The young guys know this is a different level and we just couldn’t get it done.”
Schleer’s first touchdown pass was a nine-yarder to Mann with just under four minutes to play in the game. On the next Masco drive, Schleer connected with Corey Tines for a beautiful 39 yard pass in the end zone.
Mann finished the season with 670 rushing yards, while Schleer compiled an impressive 982 yards passing and 12 touchdowns this fall.