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Swampscott, English set to resume long rivalry

As rivalries go, the one between Swampscott and English has been particularly intense, with tight games, upsets, and emotion ruling the series.To hear the two coaches talk, this year’s game promises more of the same.”They’ve made a ton of improvements since Week 1,” said Swampscott coach Steve Dembowski, speaking of English’s 31-7 victory over Danvers last Friday night. “They did an outstanding job making adjustments. The executed their schemes very well.”Not that they didn’t have any opportunities (two weeks ago) against Beverly (a 6-0 loss),” he said. “They could easily be 2-0, as could we.”Both English and Swampscott lost their Week 1 debuts – with the Big Blue taking especially hard, falling in the last seconds to Winchester. But they rebounded, the same as English, a week later, shaking off a pesky Revere team.”Swampscott has always been a great second-half team,” said English’s Peter Holey. “So if you get the lead on them, you have to finish.”Last year, English didn’t’ finish. The Bulldogs led at the half, and finally succumbed to Swampscott in the last three minutes.”You can’t relax against them,” said Holey, whose team is 1-1 in his first season.Even after only two weeks, the heavy hitters are well established. English got three touchdowns from bruising running back Jermaine Patterson last Friday, while Chris Cameron, calling signals for the Big Blue, has done it all.English has Jesse Fowler at quarterback, and he’s just as much a threat to run as he is to throw.”For a team just starting to run the spread this year, they do it well,” said Dembowski. “You have to watch the quarterback, and they have a good running attack, both inside and out. And they have four very good receivers. They’re also a very physical outfit.”The game is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday at Blocksidge Field in Swampscott, but the weather forecast would make that a rather iffy proposition, Dembowski admits.Stay tuned for www.itemlive.com for all updates regarding football postponements.Other games scheduled for the weekend:Saugus at LynnfieldAt the Lynnfield Middle School (10) Saturday, the Sachems try to go to 3-0, while the Pioneers try to even their record at 2-2.The Sachems have run roughshod over both Newburyport and St. Mary’s, putting up 63 points in their first two games. Spearheading the attack has been running back Mike Dean, but quarterback Bret Reid, who is known for his smart decisions and masterful running of the option, has been a potent weapon as well.For Lynnfield, quarterback Chris Grassi led the way in Week 1, as the Pioneers defeated Matignon. However, they’ve come up against some stiff competition in Weeks 2 and 3, dropping games to Hamilton-Wenham and Georgetown.Madison Park at St. Mary’sAt Manning Field, Sunday (7:15), the game was pushed back from Saturday night due to the weather forecast.The Spartans try to win their first game of the year. After a 41-6 loss to Classical in Week 1, St. Mary’s dropped a 28-8 decision to Saugus, but ran the ball well in defeat. John LaMothe has emerged as the starting quarterback for the Spartans, and Jordan Harvey had a fine day in the backfield for the Spartans last Saturday.The St. John’s-Everett game, which was scheduled for tonight at Everett Stadium, will now be played Sunday (6).Tonight, weather permitting, Marblehead coach Doug Chernovetz returns to the sidelines after a two-game suspension.Chernovetz received the suspension for chewing tobacco during the 2007 season. However, the suspension came after the Morris family of Marblehead filed a series of complaints, on behalf of their son, Tim, alleging several incidences of verbal abuse by Chernovetz toward the younger Morris, who was a junior last year.The case continues through the system. Morris, a senior, now plays tight end at St. Mary’s.

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