“A loss is a loss,” Hayden said. “You just have to get back to work. Such is the same with life.”
Rather than relying on strong offensive performances this season, Pentucket has relied heavily upon a defense that surrendered an impressive 12.6 points per game. Controlling time of possession on offense has helped Pentucket’s defense, keeping them off the field. This is done by a steady, consistent run attack. Against Amesbury in their first regular season game, for example, Pentucket managed to rush for 283 yards on 32 carries, earning just under 9.0 yards per rush on its way to 42 points and a 1-0 record.
The Sachems will be facing a Triton team led by impressive quarterback Bradley Whitman, who found great success earlier in the season despite his recent struggles. The Vikings managed to score 77 points combined in their first two weeks, and scored more than 20 points on five separate occasions. In the past two weeks, Whitman has thrown six interceptions and has managed to score a total of just seven points. Triton will also be without one of their best players on Thursday, running back Justin Spillane, who tore ligaments in his thumb after just three carries in last week’s game against Newburyport. Spillane, who witnessed Pentucket’s relentless offensive attack last Thanksgiving, knows that the key to stopping the Sachems is defense.
“They have an offense that can move the ball down the field and control the clock, so we need our defense to really step up for us,” Spillane said.
It is clear what Triton’s game plan will be: score, and score a lot. The games that they have won have come by way of the blowout, outscoring their opponents 177-40. When they have lost, it was usually by way of a nail-biter, falling in four of their five losses by 13 points or less.