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November 8, 2013

HUNTING for A Super Bowl SHOT

Pentucket can beat opponents many different ways

The Pentucket football team has done nothing consistently this season other than win, and now the Sachems are two wins away from their first Super Bowl apperance since 2001.

As the Watertown coaching staff prepares for its game at Pentucket tomorrow, the visitors must be giving themselves a collective headache trying to predict the Sachems’ game plan.

The Sachems don’t have a superstar, or even a player who gets the majority of the carries on offense every week. The six Pentucket wins have offered six different storylines of how the Sachems dissected their opponents.

“We have a lot of depth on offense,” Pentucket quarterback Ryan Kuchar said. “We don’t have anyone leading the Cape Ann League in anything. We just have a lot of good players who catch the ball and run the ball.”

In a win against Amesbury, Pentucket senior Chris Croteau had 117 rushing yards and a touchdown. In a victory over Triton, Jeff Porter had 10 carries for 86 yards and a touchdown. In a win over Newburyport, the Sachems defense held the Clippers to seven points. In a victory over Masconomet, Kuchar completed 7 of 11 passes for 160 yards and a touchdown. In a win over Saugus, D.J. Engelke had 144 total yards and a touchdown.

Engelke was back at it last week against Hamilton-Wenham, tallying 195 rushing yards on seven carries, including two touchdowns.

“It takes a lot of pressure off me,” Kuchar said.

“I know so many people can make big plays. I love having all of those people on the field.”

Kuchar emerged as one of the area’s top quarterbacks at midseason when he had back-to-back 100-yard passing games against Masconomet and Saugus. Perhaps Pentucket coach Steve Hayden felt those two passing performances were causing opposing defenses to key on the pass, because in the last two games, Kuchar has completed only three passes.

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