Gloucester head football coach Tony Zerilli stopped short of calling last week’s 28-19 win over Salem a turning point for his football team. But the head coach was more than happy with the way his team corrected a few problems in the second half against the Witches.
Gloucester had trouble in close games over the season’s first eight weeks, but last week the Fishermen (2-7) turned it on in the second half, making every clutch play the game had to offer and pulling out a comeback win thanks to a 21-0 second half outburst.
“I’m don’t know if it was a turning point, but I hope it was,” Zerilli said. “We definitely did a lot of good things in the second half last week, things that we have had trouble with earlier in the season and it was definitely an eye opening experience. Coming back in the second half, putting points on the board, seeing our offense rolling and our defense making plays definitely gave us some confidence. We are hoping to bring that confidence into this week’s game. “
This week appears to be another tough and closely contested matchup with 4-5 Swampscott visiting Hyland Field tonight (7:00 p.m.).
The Big Blue enter the game on a two game losing streak falling to Danvers and Beverly, each by more than four touchdowns.
Gloucester has been a little extra excited on the practice field this week, especially its seniors given the fact that tonight is senior night where the team’s senior players will be honored in their last home game.
“They had a lot of trouble with Beverly just like us and everybody else has this year,” Zerilli said. “We are expecting a good game. They always run the spread offense well and (coach Steve) Dembowski always has a few wrinkles up his sleeve.