The night had a promising start for Swampscott. After Gloucester rolled inside the Big Blue five yard line with a first and goal, linebacker David Carrasco jarred the ball loose from Gloucester running back John Curcuni, and Swampscott's Ryan January picked it up and raced to the Gloucester 40 to put Swampscott in what seemed like good field position.
Not to be. On Swampscott's first play, Brian Santry's pass was picked off by Fisherman linebacker Mike Falzarano and returned for a Gloucester touchdown, and the Fisherman never looked back. Though Gloucester ran to a 28-0 lead, the Blue kept within striking distance, after a pair of Corey Carmody touchdowns made it a 28-14 game, but couldn't mount any serious offensive threat afterward. Swampscott's futility was summed up on Gloucester's final two points. Santry connected with Alex Powell to make it a 41-20 game, but Swampscott's pass for a two-point conversion was picked off by Jordan Pallazola who rumbled 99 yards for Gloucester's own two points.
The loss dropped Swampscott to 4-6 as they head into their annual Thanksgiving Day battle with Marblehead. The Magicians will limp into Blocksidge Field for the holiday game themselves, having taken a 35-14 beating from Beverly in their CAL/NEC Division 2 showdown Saturday. Swampscott will look to salvage their season and avenge last year's Thanksgiving Day loss. Thanksgiving Day game time is 10 a.m.
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