“Obviously our losses were very close,” Triton wide receiver Mark Boyle said. “They were down to the wire. The games we won were blowouts. We got away from them and racked up points.”
With quarterback Bradley Whitman at the helm, the Vikings have enjoyed a strong rebounding year and a far better winning percentage than in years past. But, with Whitman at the helm, they also saw their season — for all intents and purposes — come to an end against Watertown in the opening week of the Division 4 playoffs.
“We played that Watertown game hard,” Triton coach Pat Sheehan said. “It was a battle. Both teams played hard. It took a physical toll on us to come out on the short end of that game. We have struggled getting up for practice since.”
Triton has since fallen to both Hamilton-Wenham and Newburyport. In those games, Triton scored a combined seven points and Whitman has thrown a total of six interceptions.
“After our loss to Watertown, we didn’t have the same drive,” Boyle said. “Obviously we looked at that all wrong. We are starting to get back into the groove. We should be treating this week like it’s our Super Bowl because it is our last game. Hopefully we give it a final great sendoff for our seniors.”
With a new playoff system in effect, leaving teams to compete in playoff games before Thanksgiving, an early-round exit could make for a difficult coaching situation: keeping players focused on the task at hand.
“It’s hard,” Sheehan said. “This is Thanksgiving, though. This is our Super Bowl. This is their Super Bowl. This is the last time our seniors and their seniors will play. It’s a rivalry game. It’s not hard to get up for Pentucket.”
A victory over Pentucket serves as a lofty task. The Sachems are coming off of a very strong 7-2 season in which they were the Cape Ann League Kinney Division Champion.