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.