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November 1, 2012

Danvers driving forward in NEC/CAL Tier 2

Danvers football coach Sean Rogers is a little weary about believing in momentum when it comes to the Falcons.

Rogers doesn’t deny its existence, but he knows momentum can change direction faster than a talented running back in the open field. So, banking on a little carry-over from week to week is not something the Falcons head coach subscribes to.

If the Falcons were living on recent accomplishments, then they’d have to feel pretty good about where they stand heading into tomorrow night’s game at Marblehead (7 p.m.).

Danvers is coming off an impressive 35-7 win over Swampscott to pull even (1-1) in Northeastern Conference/Cape Ann League Tier 2 play. Marblehead, meanwhile, was dealt its first defeat of the year when Salem stunned the Magicians last Friday night.

“That can be a good thing or a bad thing,” Rogers said about each team’s current streak. “It’s a little more momentum for us, but coming into this game they’re going to be fired up, especially the way they came back in the second half against Salem. They probably feel like if they did more in the first half they should have won. They’re probably going to have more of an edge.”

The Falcons should not be overlooked in this competitive conference.

Unbeaten Beverly has been rolling over the competition all year and sits in the Tier 2 driver seat, but Danvers gave the Panthers a battle just a couple weeks ago. The Falcons hung tight in the first half before falling 35-13.

“I think that was eye-opening,” Rogers said. “We were executing in the first half and besides one touchdown on special teams, it was a 14-7 game and we had the ball. Our players came out in the second half and rather than continue to push the issue to win it felt like they played not to lose. Against a good football team you have to play to win. I think we did that against Swampscott.”

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