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November 26, 2013

Triton aims to stop skid vs. Pentucket

BYFIELD — The Thanksgiving matchup against Pentucket will serve as an opportunity for Triton football to begin anew while bidding adieu to recent Thanksgiving Day struggles.

Thanksgiving turkey hasn’t tasted quite right for the Vikings in recent memory. In fact, Triton has lost all but two of the previous 10 meetings against Pentucket, including a 40-12 blowout loss last year.

This year began on the right foot for the Vikings, who entered the season with just seven wins since their last Thanksgiving Day triumph in 2009. The Vikings rolled early, outscoring their first two opponents by a combined score of 77-14. They started 5-2, but have since leveled off on their way to a 5-5 record, and seek their first winning season since 2011 and their first Thanksgiving Day win since 2009.

What the Triton team will be present on Thursday is anybody’s guess. Will it be the Triton team proficient on offense, winning by putting up high scores as it did in their first two weeks against Swampscott or Amesbury; or will it be the Triton team that lost its last three games including last week’s playoff shutout to Newburyport?

Upon looking at the results from this season, it is easy to tell that Triton is as consistent as a light switch. When the Vikings are on, they appear unstoppable. They rolled their first two weeks, scored 35 points against Saugus in early October and allowed just six points to Masconomet.

When they are off, it is a different story.

With the ability for the offense to accumulate upwards of 40 points and the relentlessness of the defense to hold the competition to one score, Triton would be expected to exceed just five wins. The problem likely lies within the structure of a team not used to winning. Teams that rarely face defeat are teams that find ways to win close games. Two of Triton’s losses came by just six points while another by just nine.

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