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October 21, 2013

Fishermen clinch share of NEC crown with double-overtime win

Fishermen clinch share of NEC crown with double-overtime win

SWAMPSCOTT — The Gloucester football team has gotten used to winning close games this fall, and Saturday’s Northeastern Conference Large tilt at Blocksidge Field was no different.

The Fishermen got a big scare from a hungry Swampscott team looking to play spoiler. But when the going got tough, Gloucester rose to the occasion, tying the score with under a minute to play in regulation en route to a 32-30 double overtime win.

Gloucester wraps up its NEC North slate at 4-1 and has earned a share of the league title. Beverly (hosting Swampscott) and Marblehead (hosting Lynn English) are 3-1 in league play and wins by both next weekend would mean a three-way tie for the crown.

”It’s what we’ve been working towards,” said Gloucester head coach Tony Zerilli, whose team has played five games decided by fewer than seven points this year and won four of them. “There’s a little more pressure in overtime, but the kids know what to do.”

While Gloucester was celebrating victory, the Big Blue were left wondering when they might catch a big break.

Swampscott fell a yard short of forcing a third overtime, after falling a second short of a game-winning field goal try in regulation, and swallowed a difficult 32-30 loss to Gloucester at Blocksidge Field Saturday afternoon.

Quarterback Brendan McDonald powered into the end zone on fourth down after the Fisherman scored first in the second OT, but the Big Blue’s Desmond Wilhelmsen was stopped shy on the two-point conversion try.

”We’re snakebit when it comes to making the winning play. The kids played their hearts out and it’s unfortunate that we end up with a loss. We’re a team that has no luck,” said Swampscott head coach Steve Dembowski, whose team fell to 1-5 and 0-3 in NEC North action.

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