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October 21, 2013

Pentucket locks down CAL Division 1 title with comeback victory

Pentucket locks down CAL Division 1 title with comeback victory

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One play later, however, Kuchar lofted a pass into the end zone that running back D.J. Engelke brought in for a 40-yard score.

“I couldn’t believe he caught that,” said Legault. “I saw Ryan throw it up and I though it was going to get swatted down. But D.J. came up with an amazing catch and that was a huge momentum boost.”

The Sachems extended their advantage with 6:40 left in the game when Engelke struck for a 3-yard touchdown, and Porter finished off the scoring with a 17-yard run with 2:18 left.

Engelke finished the day with 47 rushing yards on nine carries and caught four passes for 97 yards.

“D.J. came up huge for us again,” said Porter, who finished with a team-high 86 rushing yards. “He gave us some momentum that we needed.”

Leading the attack on defense was Wesolowski. The 140-pound inside linebacker was everywhere on the field against Saugus’ physical option attack, finishing with a team-high 14 tackles. Sean Clohisy was also a force with 10 tackles, freshman Pat Freiermuth added eight stops and Chris Croteau made an acrobatic interception that iced the win.

“We went to the locker room, fixed some stuff and came out hard like always,” said Wesolowski. “Everyone picked everyone else up.”

The Sachems close out the reconfigured regular season — not counting Thanksgiving, which has no playoff implications — when they visit North Reading on Friday.

“We are playing good, but we know every team is a challenge,” said Porter. “North Reading is, so we will be focused for next week.”

Pentucket 27, Saugus 10

Saugus (1-5): 3  7 0  0 — 10

Pentucket (5-0): 0 14 0 13 — 27

First Quarter

S — Jacob DeMonte 32 field goal, 3:32

Second Quarter

S — Justin Winn 1 run (DeMonte kick), 7:48

P — Jeff Porter 36 run (Nick Zaia kick), 3:24

P — D.J. Engelke 40 pass from Ryan Kuchar (Zaia kick), 0:25

Fourth Quarter

P — Engelke 3 run (kick failed), 6:40

P — Porter 17 run (Zaia kick), 2:18

INDIVIDUAL LEADERS

RUSHING: P (34-182) — Jeff Porter 9-86, D.J. Engelke 9-47, Andrew Noyes 10-48, Noah Malhi 1-15, Pat Beaton 1-0, Kiernan Haley 1-0, Nick Arcadipane 1-(-1), Ryan Kuchar 2-(-13); S (35-156) — Justin Winn 12-94, Dan Cacciola 19-65, Seth Roy 2-(-1), Brandon Rolli 1-(-1), Ryan Clarke 1-(-1)

PASSING: P — Kuchar 5-9-0, 112; S — Winn 1-3-1, 1, Alex Pettanati 0-1-0

RECEIVING: P — Engelke 4-97, Liam Corkery 1-15; S — Pettanati 1-1

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