Bright sunshine, dragonflies and uneven play were in the air at Blocksidge Field Saturday where dropped their home opener 21-10 to the Winthrop Vikings.
The game remained close late in the 3rd quarter, 14-10. The fan-filled stands on the Swampscott side stayed loud for much of the game.
And even after Winthrop added a touchdown on a Swampscott miscue with 1:55 to go in the quarter, the home team continue to play hard, confident they could come back.
In the end, though, mistakes were the team's undoing, stalling drives.
They were mistakes from which the coaching staff wants the players to learn.
Coach Steve Dembowski said after the game that "every experience is new for this unit."
Almost the entire squad is starting for the first time in high school varsity football.
The team didn't have all 11 players on the field playing in synch, the coach said.
There were typically one or two players who made mistakes — a dropped pass, a missed block, a blown pass protection, a penalty. He also said the Blue got outcoached by the Vikings.
Bright spots included some good defensive stops, and the team was able to move the ball on offense, he said.
The loss puts Big Blue's record at 1-1.
They play next against Revere aton Saturday.
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