Later, the Big Blue then pounced on a botched punt to get the ball at the Malden 15-yard line. After a sack, Santry hit Aaron Cronin with an 18-yard touchdown pass on fourth down with 3:49 to play. Brawley’s third PAT stretched the lead to 27-19.
It was the second touchdown catch of the day for Cronin, who broke three tackles on his way to a 74-yard TD catch in the first quarter. All together, Cronin had four grabs for 87 yards and rushed 12 times for 74 yards for a total of 161.
“Game by game we’re gaining more confidence, and it was good to see the guys come together and pull this one out,” said Santry, who has thrown for 1,165 yards this fall.
Malden (1-5) got two possessions after Swampscott’s final score, but the Big Blue’s defense didn’t allow them to move into scoring range. Brawley boomed a nice punt with 34 seconds left to pin the Tornadoes at their own 19-yard line. The junior couldn’t get a punt off at his own 15 in the first, giving Malden short field for its first score.
“We didn’t put our defense in bad field position in the second half, and that allowed them to give up some first downs but still get us the ball back,” Dembowski said. “We’re making progress defensively, but there’s still so much progress to be made.”
Cronin was Santry’s leading receiver, followed by Rothwell (four grabs, 62 yards) and Powell (five grabs, 56 yards). Ben Faulkner added two catches for 35 yards.
All together, the teams combined for 715 yards of offense. Malden had 371 total yards to Swampscott’s 344.