SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

September 13, 2013

St. Mary's overpowers Swampscott in wild offensive explosion

By Matt Jenkins
Staff Writer

---- — LYNN — The heavy rain ambushed Manning Field during the postgame interviews — but the on-field deluge had already occurred.

St. Mary’s of Lynn flooded Swampscott with nearly 600 rushing yards and dropped the Big Blue to 0-2 with a 64-39 win.

The 103 total points ranks as the second-highest scoring high school football game in history involving a team in the Salem News coverage area. North Shore Tech and Manchester Essex combined for a record 111 points in 2009; the most points previously in a Swampscott outing came in a 50-45 win over Revere in 2005.

The Spartans had three running backs run for more than 150 yards last night. Junior Connor Sakowich, a Salem resident, led St. Mary’s with 244 yards on nine carries. He scored on runs of 54, 63 and 71 yards, respectively.

Senior Jordan Manthorne added 171 yards and three touchdowns, and freshman Abraham Toe carried 10 times for 153 yards.

“I think we did a nice job up front, and I think the speed of our backs definitely helped us,” St. Mary’s (1-0) coach Matt Durgin said.

Swampscott trailed 24-8 at the half, and that deficit proved to be costly because the Big Blue got their offense rolling in the second half. A lack of defensive stops made it impossible for Swampscott to make it a closer contest.

“We got some stops in the first half but didn’t take advantage of our opportunities,” Swampscott coach Steve Dembowski said. “We actually made strides this week defensively, but a missed step here or there and they’d be gone.”

St. Mary’s scored on its first five possessions in the second half. The only time the Spartans didn’t score on after the break was when they were killing the clock.

Durgin said it was the highest point total any of his teams (including his coaching at Lynn Classical) had ever produced and probably the most rushing yards. St. Mary’s ended up running for 570 yards.

“You don’t want to score that many, but in this situation they were moving it well on us and we were moving on them,” Durgin said. “I thought they got it going in the second half and their quarterback did a nice job. We needed to score those points.”

Swampscott quarterback Brendan McDonald played well, connecting on 18 of 30 passes for 207 yards and three scores. He was especially sharp in the second half, completing 11 of 16 passes for 136 yards and all of his touchdowns. McDonald also ran for 71 yards and a touchdown.

Ben Faulkner caught six balls for 102 yards and two scores. Trevor Kelly also caught a touchdown pass and Maleek Newsome carried the ball eight times for 59 yards and a score for the Big Blue, all in the second half.

Ryan Cresta also took the second half kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown to pull the visitors within 10 (24-14).

Swampscott spent the rest of the half trying to match scores with St. Mary’s, however.