In an unusual morning game, the Saugus High School football team fell behind by three touchdowns in the first half and couldn’t rebound from it in an eventual 40-12 defeat at Northeast Metro Tech last Saturday. The loss was the second in a row to start the season for Saugus, which is facing a very tough schedule in 2022.
The Northeast game was similar to the season opener against Lynnfield when the Sachems were pounced on early by the opponent and couldn’t regain their footing. The Knights scored three touchdowns and added three two-point conversions to build a hefty 24-0 lead at halftime.
To its credit, Saugus opened the second half in strong fashion by producing an offensive thrust. Running back Tommy DeSimone bowled in from five yards to account for the team’s first touchdown of the season.
Thoughts of a possible comeback were short-lived. The Knights scored twice more (adding the two points each time) to extend their lead to 40-6. The Sachems did collect another touchdown when quarterback Cam Preston threw a 30-yard TD pass in the fourth quarter. It was Preston’s first scoring toss of the season. Saugus was unsuccessful on two conversion attempts in the contest.
The loss left the Sachems with an 0-2 mark on the early season. The team is looking for its first victory since the abbreviated, COVID-impacted 2020 campaign. Saugus finished last fall with an 0-11 record.
Head coach Steve Cummings and his squad hope to break into the win column this week but it will be another tough task. A Watertown team sporting a 2-0 record visits Christie Serino Jr. Stadium this Friday evening (scheduled 6:30 p.m. kickoff).
From there, it doesn’t seem to get any easier for the Sachems. They travel for a Thursday night game against perennial powerhouse Swampscott on Sept. 29, and then host undefeated Salem on Friday, Oct. 7. The Sachems may have revenge on their minds after suffering a heartbreaking late-game loss to the Witches last season.