MANCHESTER-- The Swampscott Big Blue football team could not have asked for a better turn of events to start Saturday night’s CAL/NEC Tier 2 tilt against Gloucester at Hyland Field.
The Fishermen drove all the way down to the Big Blue one yard line on its opening drive but lost a fumble. Swampscott recovered that fumble and raced all the way down to the Gloucester 31 yard line seizing both field position and momentum.
That would end up being the high point of the game for the Big Blue, however, as Gloucester linebacker Mike Falzarano picked off a pass and ran it back 80 yards for a score on the very next play. The Fishermen would run with that momentum on the back of four interceptions on defense and 100 yards rushing out of both senior captain Mark Horgan and junior Jordan Pallazola en route to a comfortable 43-20 win.
The win was the second in a row for Gloucester improving to 3-7 on the year, Swampscott falls to 4-6. It also sent Gloucester seniors Horgan, Santo Parisi, Zach Smith, Devin Hemeon, Anthony Palazzola, Austin Titus, CJ Cracchiolo, and Josh Plummer out with a win in their final home game.
“It’s good to send the seniors off with a win like that in their last home game,” Gloucester head coach Tony Zerilli said. “We definitely took that momentum from last week into this week and the seniors helped a lot. We don’t have a lot of them but the kids we do have are gamers and they show up and lead this team every week.”
Turnovers was the story of the game as Gloucester forced four Big Blue giveaways that led to 21 Fishermen points. Early in the third quarter Gloucester opened up a 28-0 lead and it was too much for Swampscott to overcome.