By Jerry DiStefano
The Saugus High Sachem football team has lost its last two Thanksgiving games against Peabody, but the Sachems look to turn their fortune around on the road in 2012 against the Tanners.
The Sachems have had an up and down year throughout this season. Saugus won four out of its first five games of the season, and then lost its last five games to finish the year. Despite the rocky end to the Sachem season, Saugus Head Coach Mike Broderick is very confident as Thursday approaches.
“We know what we have to do to be successful. Our recipe for success is control time of possession and play solid fundamental defense. We have had a lot of tough losses this year that we easily could have pulled out if we just made one more play on offense or defense. My boys are going to be very ramped up on Thursday and I expect them to play with great passion and effort,” Broderick said.
Peabody can pose some interesting and tough matchups on the outside. The Tanners are very athletic and boast skilled receivers. Coach Broderick knows he has to keep the Peabody passing game in check or it could be a long day for the Sachems.
“We have to control their athletes on the outside as they can bust a big play at any time. We have to try and force them to run the ball and play our type of game. If we can force Peabody to play our style, then we will be in great shape,” Broderick said.
Saugus has relied on its great offensive line all season long, and when the offensive line for the Sachems plays well then winning results. Tom Trainor and Derek Joyal will lead the charge for Saugus’ offensive line.
Sachems quarterback C.J. Randolph has been vital to their success game in and game out, and will need another solid performance under center for Saugus to come out with a victory. Sachem halfback Nick Benoit has been one of the real bright spots over the last five games for Saugus. The Sachems are hoping for Ismael Minaya to make his return, as he was exceptional running the ball early on in the season.
Saugus finished the regular season with a 5-5 record, and is looking to finish over .500. “It is always an accomplishment to finish with a record better then .500. If we can…reach the goal by defeating Peabody, then it is that much sweeter for us,” Broderick stated.
Saugus is looking to capture its sixth win of the season on Turkey Day.