LYNN — The Swampscott football team showed up at Manning Field prepared to play Lynn English last night.
Then, an entirely different team lined up opposite the Big Blue.
The Bulldogs rolled out a new starting quarterback and scrapped their typical pass-heavy offense in favor of a run-oriented attack out of the I formation. The results were not good for Swampscott.
English (2-2) ran for 526 yards and rolled over the Bulldogs, 38-7.
"They changed their whole offense and we were not prepared for the I," Swampscott (1-3) coach Steve Dembowski said. "It took us three touchdowns before we even lined up correctly."
Lynn English, which plugged junior D.J. Mullen in at quarterback, scored on its first four offensive possessions and ran out of time in the first half with the ball on the 1-yard line.
The Bulldogs never punted, and Swampscott's offense never put together any extended drives.
Junior running back Isaiah Davis carried 24 times for 208 yards for Lynn English, and scored on runs of 29, 31, and 11 yards. Classmate Desmond Wilhelmsen added 110 rushing yards, including a 31-yard score on his first carry of the night.
After Davis and Wilhelmsen posted the Bulldogs to a 12-0 lead, Swampscott went to the air and needed only five plays to go 73 yards. Twenty-eight yard passes to both Aaron Cronin and Josh Rothwell got the Big Blue inside the English 10-yard line, with senior quarterback Brian Santry scoring from 4-yards out to make it a one-score game.
Swampscott simply couldn't stop the English offense, however.
"We weren't prepared and that's my fault as the coach," Dembowski said. "We've gotta do a better job defensively and be able to overcome some missed opportunities on offense. We gotta get the punt return team on the field and that didn't happen." Santry ended up connecting on 8-of-16 passes for 90 yards. Cronin ran for a team-high 59 yards and added 43 yards through the air. "Offensively we had chances to move the ball and hit a few plays, but we did not catch the ball in the rain tonight, which is not good," Dembowski said. "We had some moments in the run game, but we knew the defensive tackles were big, strong kids and would be a problem. But we didn't get off the blocks."