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September 28, 2012

Moving the Chains: Tivinis' return adds another dimension to Masconomet

One hundred percent healthy or not, it’s easy to see the difference Mike Tivinis

brings to the Masconomet football team.

A junior running back, Tivinis missed the first two weeks of the season with a minor injury. But he wasted no time making his presence felt once he returned to the Chieftains’ lineup. He produced 130 yards on 19 carries in a 22-13 win over Wilmington last week.

“He wasn’t quite 100 percent, but he was pretty darn close,” Masconomet head coach Jim Pugh said. “He just opens up more of the offense because there might not be a hole, but he can find

a hole. He has great instincts and just makes us better.”

Dylan Mann and Mac Cashin

had been handling most of the running duties with Tivinis on the shelf, and the senior duo have each performed well. Both already have 100-yard rushing games to their credit, and Tivinis’ performance against Wilmington is proof that Pugh’s offense will be tough to stop now that they’re all healthy again.

“We’re bringing him along and he’s getting better,” Pugh said of Tivinis. “He and Dylan and Mac, they’ve all worked really hard since last December; they’ve been some of the hardest workers in the weight room.”

Masco’s three-headed backfield monster will need to be firing on all cylinders when they meet Catholic Memorial, a Division 1 non-league foe, tonight in West Roxbury.

Catholic Memorial beat Marshfield in its opener, but has since lost two straight to Westford Academy and St. John’s Shrewsbury. Still, CM plays in the Catholic Conference, one of the toughest leagues in the state.

“They lost a ton of starters (from a year ago), but the top teams in any sport, when you say they lost starters, they just reload,” Pugh said. “We’re assuming they’re reloaded. We’re expecting a real tough game.”

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