By Dan Guttenplan
---- — SAUGUS — The Triton football team will evidently not be spiraling into a long losing streak this season.
The Vikings (3-1) continued their march to a likely playoff berth yesterday with a 35-6 victory over Saugus. Triton dominated in every phase of the game just six days after the Vikings felt they performed short of their potential in a loss to Pentucket.
“The kids all agreed we didn’t give our best effort for four quarters against Pentucket,” Triton coach Pat Sheehan said. “We had a big week focusing on our response. We wanted max effort, and we got it all-around.”
Triton has now scored at least 33 points in three of its four games. The Vikings’ has also won by an average of 29.7 points in their three wins.
The Vikings’ are in the midst of drafting one of the Cape Ann League’s best turnaround stories of the season. Last season, Triton finished 1-10 and lost its final nine games.
The leading’s top rusher, Justin Spillane, went over the 100-yard mark for the fourth straight game. He also notched two more touchdowns, bringing his area-best total to eight on the season.
After Saugus got on the board first in the first quarter, the Vikings scored 35 unanswered points to close out the game. Spillane had touchdown runs of 3 and 40 yards. Bradley Whitman had two touchdown passes of over 40 yards — one to Justin Cashman, and the other to Nick Desrocher. Whitman also scored on a 12-yard run.
Sheehan credited the efforts of Luke Boyle, Jake Gilbert and Patrick McManus on the defensive side of the ball.
“The effort was great,” Sheehan said. “It was a sloppy game all-around; the field conditions weren’t great. There were a lot of penalties, but we made some big offensive plays. Our line blocked well, and we forced turnovers on defense. It was an opportunistic win.”