Sabers cruise to victory at Trinity

SHS football runs wild en route to 45-7 win

AMHERST – It might sound silly to describe the second game of the season as a "must-win." However, that’s the situ­ation the Souhegan Sa­bers essentially found themselves in following their season-opening loss to John Stark. Souhegan faces two formidable foes in the third and fourth weeks (St. Thomas and Windham), giving Friday’s matchup against Trinity extra importance.

Fortunately, the Sabers showed up for the chal­lenge.

Souhegan got scoring contributions from the offense, defense and spe­cial teams as they cruised to a 45-7 win over the Pio­neers.

"Every win is impor­tant," Souhegan coach Mike Lochman said. "This win was particularly im­portant because if we found ourselves in an 0-2 hole, that’d be tough to climb out of, especially when you consider the quality of our upcoming opponents."

The Sabers certainly understood the signifi­cance of the game, but it took a while for the of­fense to start clicking. After a three-and-out on their first drive, the run­ning game found its foot­ing as Kyle Archambault ran the ball 19 yards for the first score of the game. A 41-yard touch­down run and a 41-yard punt return for a score by Dante Savo gave Souhe­gan an 18-0 lead head­ing into the half. Savo finished the game with 121 yards, while Archam­bault chipped in 64.

"All (the backs) ran well," Lochman said. "We have six starting-caliber backs, so that helps with rotations. The offensive line played a big role, as well."

Trinity got its first, and only score of the game, to start the second half. Brody Dupuis returned a kickoff 86 yards to cut the Pioneers’ deficit to 11. The Sabers weren’t finished, however.

Souhegan scored on each of its offensive drives in the second half, with touchdowns coming courtesy of Tucker Ai­ello on a 19-yard run and then on a 35-yard pass from quarterback Palmer Belowski; and Samuel Ezequelle, following a three-play, 50-yard se­ries. The Sabers defense even got in on the fun, as Archambault returned an interception for six points off a Trinity pass late in the fourth quarter to give Souhegan the 45-7 lead.

"I think we refocused a little bit," Lochman said. "This was more of a team win. We got contributions from a lot of different guys. I think last week we were a bit too one-dimensional."

The team will certainly be looking to continue with that game plan as it anticipates matchups against two of the tough­est teams in Division II.