The Old Sachem: Light at the End of the Tunnel

By Bill Stewart


The Amesbury Indians (they were the Carriage Makers when I was in SHS) returned to Stackpole Field after about 50 years to do battle with our Saugus Sachems. This was another league contest in the NEC/CAL Tier 3 in which Amesbury and Newburyport are the leaders, both unbeaten in league play. The Indians scored on their first possession, a consistent trait in Sachem games, when the quarterback Mathew Talbot raced 50 yards for the opening touchdown. The kick was good by the backup quarterback, MacKenzie Short and the Indians led by 7. Saugus had a sustained march of 14 plays to reach the end zone with C.J. Randolph driving in from 4 yards out. Verrengia’s kick got the point for the Sachems, tied at seven. The ensuing kickoff was returned 87 yards for the second TD by the Indians, Benjamin Cullen was the culprit and Short faked the kick and rushed for the PAT, Amesbury 15, Saugus 7, after the first period. Things settled down somewhat in the second period each squad adding a touchdown, Perry Mroz for the Indians, and Randolph a one yard plunge. The half ended Amesbury 22 Saugus 13. The third period was scoreless and both teams added a TD in the fourth, Talbot for the Indians and Randolph for the Sachems. Final score Amesbury Indians 29, Saugus Sachems 19. It was a good outing for the Sachems against a team that will be in the playoffs with a win over Newburyport.

The game was the annual Senior Day where the seniors in football and cheerleading recognize their parents for their support. Football, Captains Justin Barrasso, Ryan Henehan, Nick Benoit, Tom Trainor Derek Joyal and C.J. Randolph, Zach Verrengia, Ismael Minaya, Nick Lennon, Baron Osei-Bonsu, Dante DelTorto, Chris Maffeo, Tu Nguyen, Kory, Dominick, Cody Elder, Vinny Schroth, Atticus Andruchow, Jeremy Kane, and Alvin Lam. Cheerleaders, Marisa Buonopane, Rachel Donovan, Giana Frisco, Alanna Marino, Nicole McMaster, Ashley Penza, and Marissa Titus.

Next Friday it’s off to Triton Regional High School for a battle at 7 PM. Our Sachems will finish the season Thanksgiving with a trip up the road to Peabody. Triton is 1 win and 8 defeats overall, in our division they are 0 and 3. The average just under 16 points a game and give up an over 27 to the opponents. Their only win was at home and they have been outscored by their opponents by 107 points. A victory appears eminent for our heroes and they will be heavy favorites to demolish the Peabody Tanners who have yet to win a game.

Now for the weekly predictions. Last week I was right on Beverly, Marblehead, Masconomet, Lynn Tech, Lynnfield, St Mary’s, Amesbury and Winthrop. I missed on the Fenwick/Spellman, Revere/Classical, and Salem/Gloucester games. For the season I am 39 and 17.

This week look for Beverly to overcome Marblehead, Bishop Fenwick over Arlington Catholic, Lynn Classical to rout Peabody, Salem to edge Danvers, Central Catholic over Lynn English, Swampscott over Gloucester, Whittier to humble Lynn tech, Lynnfield to destroy Manchester/Essex, Masconomet to belt Revere, St. John’s Prep over B C High, St. Mary’s over Archbishop Williams, Saugus over Triton, and Newburyport over Winthrop.

An upcoming event is the Annual Saugus High School Sachems Football Pancake Breakfast on Sunday November 18 from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Saugus High School Cafeteria. The tickets can be had at the door for $5 per ticket.

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