The same could not be said for Triton, as struggles at the offensive line led to swarms of Clippers in the Viking backfield throughout the first half.
“We’re very inconsistent,” Triton coach Pat Sheehan said of his team’s play at the line. “We seem to make gains and then we take two steps backwards. Newburyport got after it with their front four, and we didn’t respond.”
Following the third Cusack score, subsequent Clipper drives resulted in a touchdown run from Wile from a yard out, and later a 39-yard pass from Wile to Ian Michaels on Newburyport’s first drive of the third quarter. The Clippers’ second team unit took over from there.
An accurate day from behind center for Wile, who threw just one incompletion, was a nice positive for Gaudiano’s team moving forward. The senior quarterback is returning from a shoulder injury suffered last baseball season.
“He’s coming along. We kind of limit what he can do. Gradually, we’re ramping everything up, though, and he’s coming along with us,” Gaudiano said.
The Vikings may have found a bright spot moving forward as well. Sophomore running back Tyler Figueredo helped anchor a strong attack from Triton’s second unit with 66 yards on seven carries, and quarterback Justin Cashman (8-17 passing, 87 yards, 2 TD) looked much more comfortable playing with the second unit, scoring on passes of 33 and 23 yards in the fourth quarter.
“They hit us in the mouth, and we never hit back until the younger guys got in there in the second half,” Sheehan said.