SWAMPSCOTT — Falling behind by two scores early in the game wasn’t enough to shake the confidence of the Swampscott High football team — or its rapidly maturing quarterback, Brian Santry.
The senior captain threw for 242 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for another as the Big Blue came from behind to beat Malden, 27-19, at Blocksidge Field on Saturday.
It was the second straight win for Swampscott (3-3).
Immediately after Malden took a 19-6 lead, Santry directed a scoring drive highlighted by a 24-yard completion to Josh Rothwell on 3rd-and-22 and capped by the QB’s own 2-yard TD run. Swampscott’s defense then forced a 3-and-out, and Santry directed a 90-yard drive in under two minutes, finishing with a 14-yard scoring strike to Rothwell to give the Big Blue a 20-19 halftime lead.
“Brian carried us in that second quarter. He sparked the team,” said Swampscott head coach Steve Dembowski. “Our wideouts, Alex Powell in particular, made some good catches with defenders draped all over them.”
Swampscott’s defense, which had give up a 65-yard touchdown run to Malden’s Ryan Sainristil and a 55-yard TD pass from Jake Martino to Jean Sylvain in the first half, limited big plays after halftime. Sainristil wound up with 148 yards rushing and Martino threw for 171, but Swampscott turned the Tornadoes over on downs three times.
“We made some mental mistakes in the first half (defensively), and it’s a credit to our coaches for correcting those,” Santry said. “We (bore) down and tried to shut them down. This is the first time we’ve had a shutout in the second half this season.”
Aidan Brawley had two sacks and a tackle-for-loss coming off the edge, and helped derail a lengthy Malden drive after halftime. The Tornadoes started at their own 10-yard line, ran 15 plays and consumed 8:00 before turning it over on downs.