By Greg Phipps
Last season, the Saugus Sachems nearly pulled out a comeback win at home against the Gloucester Fishermen. A repeat scenario, or perhaps something better, would not even come close to playing out last Friday night in Gloucester.
The Sachems were picked off on their first three possessions of last Friday’s game. That proved to be a bad omen as the undefeated Fishermen (5-0) built a quick 22-0 lead and never looked back. In fact, they kept steamrolling ahead in an eventual 61-15 rout.
The loss dropped Saugus to 1-4 on the season and with very little, if any hope of capturing a playoff berth. The Sachems were coming off two strong efforts: a 14-0 shutout of Salem in their home opener three weeks ago and a 42-35 loss at Lynn English on Sept. 29, where they battled back from a three-touchdown deficit.
Against the Fishermen, the Sachems didn’t get on the board until they trailed 29-0. QB Mason Nickolas hooked up with Christian Correia on a neat 43-yard pass play that set up Marvens Jean’s 21-yard scoring run. The other Saugus score came via a 75-yard kickoff return from Eric Miniscalco.
Gloucester led 35-7 at halftime and didn’t let up, outscoring the visitors 26-8 over the final two quarters to account for the final margin. Saugus managed a two-point conversion, and kicker Javier Martinez-Moretta connected on a PAT attempt.
The Sachems will try and get back on track when they host 2-3 Winthrop at Stackpole Field this Saturday at noon. It’s just the second home game of the season for Saugus, which has played on the road in four of their five contests so far.
In their final game before the playoff tournament, Saugus hosts a tough Swampscott squad at Stackpole on Oct. 19.