, Salem, MA


October 19, 2012

Moving the Chains: Santry on Guard

With league play beginning, Swampscott offense kicking into high gear

Three weeks ago, the Swampscott football team was unthinkably having trouble scoring points.

As far as the Big Blue are concerned, that’s now ancient history.

Led by emerging senior quarterback Brian Santry, Swampscott shook off the sting of three straight losses — and three straight lackluster offensive performances — by putting up 60 total points in back-to-back wins over Triton and Malden.

Now, heading into Northeastern Conference/Cape Ann League Tier 2 play tomorrow against Salem (2:30 p.m. at Blocksidge Field), Swampscott has the look of a team that can test just about every defense in the league.

The Big Blue (3-3) are getting it done by returning to their roots as masters of the spread passing game, as Santry leads all local passers with 1,165 yards in six games. The cerebral senior is in his first year under center, and had the unenviable task of replacing last year’s Salem News Player of the Year, two-year starter Mike Walsh.

“The way we’re playing is a credit to Brian’s composure and development,” said Swampscott head coach Steve Dembowski. “The aren’t many guys who, with no experience, could come in and do what Brian’s done for us.”

Santry has six touchdown passes on the season, and five of those have come in the last two weeks.

The Big Blue didn’t return any starters at receiver from last year, and though they won the opener, 34-32 over Somerville, Swampscott scored just 10, 6 and 7 points in losses to Winthrop Revere and Lynn English left them an uncharacteristic 1-3.

“It’s all practice. We’re seeing the schemes and we’re executing them,” Santry said in explaining his team’s turnaround on offense. “We’ve come a long way and it’s all a reflection of the line playing great, the receivers playing great and us building some confidence.”

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