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September 9, 2013

Triton opens with win

SWAMPSCOTT — The Triton football team hadn’t tasted victory in 51 weeks, and Saturday at Blocksidge Field the Vikings knew they had waited long enough.

Quarterback Brad Whitman (173 yards passing) and running back Justin Spillane (143 yards rushing) did the bulk of the damage as Triton took care of Swampscott 33-7 in the season opener for both teams.

“A lot of teams didn’t want to play this first week, but we were chomping at the bit. The kids came out fired up,” said Triton coach Patrick Sheehan, whose Vikings were the only Cape Ann League Large team to play opening weekend.

“We hadn’t won since Week 2 last year and every loss it’s harder to get the kids snapped out of it and ready to go. We should have a great week of practice after this one.”

Triton (1-0) beat Swampscott (0-1) for the first time in four tries with crisp execution of the spread offense and timely plays on defense. The Vikings intercepted Big Blue quarterback Brendan McDonald three times and picked up yardage in big chunks to the tune of 410 yards on 49 snaps.

Whitman was remarkably efficient, completing 15 of his 20 throws including touchdowns to Mark Boyle and Nicholas Desrocher. The QB also ran for a score and Spillane and Desrocher picked up rushing TDs.

In comparison, Swamspcott was particularly inefficient on offense. McDonald completed 9-of-27 for 100 yards and the Big Blue had no luck running into the teeth of the Triton defense. The Vikings held the opposition to 67 rushing yards on 23 carries, less than three yards per try.

“One thing we battled in the preseason was consistency and I was impressed with the way the kids played for all four quarters today,” said Sheehan.

With Triton ahead 14-0 after Desrocher’s 11-yard run, a 2-yard TD strike from Whitman to Mark Boyle and a Spillane conversion rush, Swampscott forced a turnover. McDonald led his team’s only scoring drive late in the second half capped by a 16-yard TD pass to Mike Faia. Despite a big edge in total yards, the Vikings led just 14-7.

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