By Jerry DiStefano
The Saugus High Sachem football team hosted a very talented Amesbury last Saturday. The Sachems could not get over the hump, as they fell short to the Indians, 29–19.
Amesbury got off to a quick start. They scored on their opening drive to take a quick 7–0 lead out of the gate. The Sachems answered very quickly: Quarterback C.J. Randolph finished a long drive with a one-yard touchdown run to tie the game up at 7–7. Both team’s offenses went three and out on their next offensive possession.
When Saugus had to punt, the Indians returned the punt for a touchdown and took a 15–7 lead at the end of the first quarter.
The game settled down after that, but Amesbury scored a late touchdown in the second quarter, to take a comfortable 22–7 lead into the half. The Sachems opened the second half with their second impressive drive of the game that was once again capped off by a Randolph two yard touchdown run. The deficit was cut to nine (22–13 Amesbury). The Sachems forced the Indians into a three and out and scored on their next offensive possession. A Nick Benoit six-yard touchdown run capped the impressive drive by the Sachems. Saugus cut the deficit to just two (22–19 Amesbury, end of three quarters). Saugus was not able to generate one more productive drive, and the Indians added a late touchdown to put the game away.
Saugus Head Coach Mike Broderick was pleased with his team’s performance. He said: “The offensive line once again played a great game. If we could have done a little bit of a better job on special teams we night have come out of this game with a win. Amesbury is a very good team and we just could not get over the hump against them.”
The Sachems will next square off against Triton. Coach Broderick is aware of the challenges Triton can give his team. He said: “Triton is a very young team but a very athletic team. They run a spread offense which not many teams run that we face. Even though their record isn’t the best, they will be a tough matchup.”
Saugus will try to get back to its winning ways and get its record back to .500 Friday night at 7:00 PM.