McDonald hooked up with Christian Llorentine for a 4-yard TD after Lozzi’s interception return to get Swampscott back in the game at 20-7. The Big Blue had the ball twice with a chance to make it a one-possession game, but couldn’t punch it in.
“It starts with little things and grows into big problems. It’s like the leak in the dam that over time is going to burst,” Dembowski said.
Desmond Wilhelmsen ran for 128 yards to lead Swampscott and Jordan James rumbled for 31 when Wilhelmsen missed portions of the third quarter with an injury. Mike Faia also rushed for 24 yards.
“There were some positives in that our backs ran hard,” said Dembowski. “We have to finish drives and we have to execute better. It wasn’t crisp.”
Swamspcott scored with 50 seconds left on the clock when McDonald hooked up with Ryan Cresta from seven yards out. English recovered the ensuing onsides kick and knelt on the ball to end it.
The Big Blue now have a bye week and will look to get healthy and improve on both sides of the ball. They have an outside chance to make the playoffs, but they’ll need to win their next two games against the iron of the Northeastern Conference North division (Beverly and Gloucester).
“It’s a bye week we desperately need. We need to get better so that these mistakes don’t kill us,” said Dembowski. “Our only chance to get into the tournament is to win some games and hope that’s enough because we’re playing opponents in higher divisions.”