BOXFORD— After scouting Gloucester’s first two games Masconomet head football coach Jim Pugh laid out his team’s biggest key to victory: Match the Fishermen’s physicality.
With a dominant 27-0 win in their home opener at Bunker Field last night, the Chieftains did just that and some matching Gloucester blow for blow while dominating the line of scrimmage and out-executing their previously unbeaten opponent.
“We knew they would be a tough and physical team and they were. But we matched their physicality,” Pugh said. “We played good, hard nosed football and we made big plays. It’s nice to get into the win column against a quality team.”
Masco improves to 1-1 with the win while Gloucester falls to 2-1.
It was a total team effort for the Chieftains Friday. With the Fishermen defense focusing most of its attention on running back Mike Tivinis, it was the supporting cast that rose to the occasion. MacKenzie Cashin had a 56 yard touchdown run in the first quarter, Corey Tines had a few nice receptions and a pair of interceptions on defense, half back Mike MacKay threw a touchdown pass and quarterback Troy Bunker made several key runs in the win.
Masconomet set the tone right off the bat smothering Gloucester’s running game to a season low 111 yards while forcing a three-and-out on four of Gloucester’s first five possessions.
The victors also hit several big plays offensively.
The problem’s for Gloucester were simple, blocking and tackling.
“Blocking and tackling wins football games and we didn’t do that tonight,” Gloucester head coach Tony Zerilli said. “Give Masco credit, they were flying on defense and we couldn’t block them. They ran harder than us, blocked better than us and came after us all night.”
Harry Cwik got the Chieftains going with a 49 yard punt return touchdown in the first quarter to put his team ahead 7-0.