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September 6, 2012

Swampscott's new faces hope to produce similar results

SWAMPSCOTT — Unlike the rest of the economy, the Swampscott High football team has plenty of jobs open this fall.

The Big Blue don’t have any full-time starters back from last year’s 9-2 squad, but return 10 varsity lettermen that will be counted on to serve as the foundation for what they hope is a sixth consecutive winning season.

“It’s an empty puzzle. We have the pieces and we, as coaches, have to figure our how they fit together,” said head coach Steve Dembowski, who won his 100th game last year and is entering his 14th season.

Senior Brian Santry is being called on to take over for the graduated Mike Walsh, who accounted for nearly 3,000 total yards (passing and running) each of the last two years. Santry is competing with junior Brendan McDonald, and whoever wins the starting QB job will be expected to read defenses and get the ball to their playmakers in Swampscott’s vaunted spread offense.

“We’re working hard, competing and pushing each other,” said Santry, one of four senior captains. “We always rebuild at Swampscott. It’s never been a problem — and we don’t expect it to be a problem now.”

Seniors Aaron Cronin, Josh Rothwell, Bob Serino and Santry will serve as captains; each saw some time last year at the skills positions. Serino will be one of Santry’s top targets at receiver along with Rothwell, and Cronin will alternate between running back and wideout.

Expect Cronin, David Carrasco, Mark Rittibon and Maleek Newsome to compete for carries to move the chains and lighten the rush on Santry. Senior Gabe Golden will see time at receiver along with Ben Faulkner, Corey Carmody and Tim Costin.

“We lost a lot of starters, but the summer’s been good and we’ve jelled in the 7-on-7s,” Serino said. “Things look better than I expected. Everyone’s ready to go, and I can’t wait for our first game.”

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