“We didn’t panic. We gave up that first drive, but buckled down from there,” Rogers said. “Our guys relied on each other to do their own jobs and executed their assignments.”
Danvers answered Triton’s early touchdown by scoring on their own first drive of the day, a 10-play, 68-yard drive capped off by a Grant 3-yard run over right tackle. The Falcons then took the opening drive of the second half and, thanks to a 45-yard run by John Thomas on a sweep left, punched it back into the end zone quickly as Alex Valles went off tackle from a yard out.
When Allain recovered a fumble for his team on the ensuing kickoff, Danvers quickly went back to work and needed five plays to add to their lead. This time, Grant powered his way over the goal line from two yards out.
“We kept their offense off the field at first,” said Triton (1-5) head coach Pat Sheehan, “but they really controlled the ball in the second half. Even when we had them stopped, it seemed like they were still getting yards.
“That fumble really hurt; it took us out of what we wanted to do, which was keep the ball out of their hands. It forced our hand (to throw more).”
Danvers put the hammer down for good in the fourth quarter when quarterback Nick Andreas (6 for 10, 56 yards) took it himself around the right end for a 10-yard touchdown.
“Nick did a nice job taking what the defense was giving him and making it work,” Rogers said. “He showed smart field management.”
Danvers begins league play on Saturday, traveling to Hurd Stadium to face the undefeated Beverly Panthers (2 p.m.).