WEST NEWBURY — It’s been the story all season for Pentucket football, and yesterday was no different.
It’s never easy, but when it matters most, the Sachems deliver.
Pentucket fell behind by 10 points early, but surged back behind a gritty offense and resilient defense to finish off Saugus 27-10 to remain undefeated and clinch the Cape Ann League Division 1 title.
“It’s just unreal,” said linebacker Josh Wesolowski. “At the beginning of the season, we knew we had some tough kids. But I never could have expected this. It’s really amazing. I really feel like it’s just hard work paying off right now.”
The victory gave Pentucket its first league title since 2002 with the CAL Division 1 crown. With one game remaining, the Sachems (5-0), are a victory better than Masconomet (4-2) and Triton (4-2), and own the tie-breaker since they have already beaten both teams.
With a victory over North Reading on Friday, Pentucket can lock down its first undefeated regular season since 2001, when the Sachems went 11-0 in the old season alignment on the way to a trip to the Super Bowl.
“It feels amazing,” said lineman Chad Legault. “I love these guys and I am just so happy. Saugus came out so tough, but when we needed to take over, we came out firing every play and made it happen.”
It was Saugus (1-5) that jumped out to the lead with a field goal in the first quarter and a touchdown early in the second for a 10-0 advantage.
“We really came out flat,” said running back/defensive back Jeff Porter.
“We had to get emotional and get physical. We made a couple of adjustments and started to play.”
It was Porter who broke the Sachems onto the scoreboard when he took a handoff and scampered 36 yards into the end zone for a touchdown midway though the second quarter. The Sachems seemed to take the lead one possession later when QB Ryan Kuchar connected with Andrew Noyes for a 25-yard score, but the play was called back for a penalty.