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October 28, 2013

Newburyport beats Saugus, earns playoff berth

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Taking advantage of excellent field position, the Clippers continued the onslaught in the second quarter.

Dillon Guthro blew through the Sachems defense for a 31-yard TD, and Shay later dashed 29 yards for the fifth Clipper touchdown. Brandon Trego was successful on all five of his point-after kick attempts.

Meanwhile, as the offense was firing on all cylinders, the Newburyport defense was shutting down Saugus’ offensive attack, holding the Sachems, who fell to 1-6 overall and 1-4 league, without a first down on their first five possessions. The home team finally got a drive going late in the first half, managing three first downs, before it petered out on the Clipper 14.

“All week we worked on stopping their triple-option offense, which is tough to go up against,” said Gaudiano. “We were able to shut it down. The kids did a good job. They stayed with their responsibilities and tackled the right guys coming through on the option.”

Saugus QB Justin Winn (44 yards rushing) engineered a 51-yard scoring drive in the third quarter, which was helped along by a 24-yard completion from running back Marcus Atkins to Adam DiChiara to get the ball inside the Clippers 20. Winn eventually surged in from six yards out for the lone Saugus TD at 4:12 of the period. He also passed to Alex Pettanati for the two-point conversion.

The Clippers installed many of their backups as the second half progressed. QB Henry Francis tossed a short screen pass to Conor Brennan on the final play of the game, and Brennan ended up finding open space and racing 64 yards for the game’s final points. Defensive lineman Seamus Sullivan also sacked Winn for an 8-yard loss in the first half.

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