By Bill Stewart
The Sachem football squad turned the tables and invaded the Triton Vikings on Friday evening. The Vikings came into the game with a single win and remained in that position after almost being scalped by the Sachems. The first half was all Saugus as they sailed to a 28 to 7 lead. C.J. Randolph snuck in from the two after a long march of 70 yards for the first touchdown of the game. Triton drove right back with their 70 yard drive and ended it with Whitman dashing for 22 yards to pay dirt. The Sachems capped another 70 yard march with a 15 yard ramble by Randolph again. Tom Trainor was the kicker for all the PATs during the contest. On the next possession the Sachems drove 50 yards after recovering an onside kick. The clincher was a 30 yard pass from Randolph to Ryan Henehan for the TD. The last possession for the Sachems culminated in another 70 yard drive capped by Randolph sneaking in from the 2. The Sachems led 28 to 7 at the half. In the third period Triton got the only score to narrow the gap to 28 to 13. In the fourth the Sachems came alive again as Nick Benoit bounced in from the 7 to up the score 35 to 13. Triton added a scare into the game by scoring 2 touchdowns to bring the final total to Sachems 35, Vikings 27.
The next game will be on the Holiday when we travel to Peabody to herd the Tanners and finish with a winning season. The game is scheduled for 10 AM leaving plenty of time to return to the Turkey at home. The Sachem football games are shown on SCTV on Wednesday evenings, filmed by James Wylodka and the voice of yours truly.
In other action the Sachem cross country team completed in the State Divisional Cross Country Championships at Wrentham. They competed in Division 5 which was dominated by runners from Swampscott. Kevin Powers led Saugus with a time of 17:08.1 followed by Nick Monaco at 18:20, Evan Covell at 18:42, Michael Mansfield at 19:28.4, Michael Swanson at 20:55 and Steven Bennett at 20:50.
Last week’s predictions were 10 correct and I missed on Gloucester beating Swampscott and Newburyport edging Winthrop which leaves me with 41 correct and 16 wrong. Next week a rundown on the traditional games with predictions of scores.