The Sandwich football team was overmatched and outplayed in its final tune-up game before the annual Thanksgiving Day showdown with Mashpee.
Visiting the Sachems in Middleboro in a non-playoff contest on Friday, November 15, the Blue Knights were dominated from beginning to end en route to their seventh loss of the season, 48-7.
Middleboro was fresh off a 25-21 loss to Falmouth and wasted little time in dictating the tone from the get-go. The Sachems scored touchdowns on their first four possessions of the game and never looked back. After a three-and-out on Sandwich’s opening offensive possession, Middleboro marched 63 yards on six plays, capped by a Liam Small four-yard touchdown run.
The Blue Knights’ second offensive drive stalled at midfield and were forced to punt which was touched down at the five-yard line, pinning the Sachems deep in their own territory. But it didn’t stop the hosts, who needed 11 plays to drive nearly the length of the field in six minutes. Small finished the drive off with his second rushing score of the evening.
The Sachems had a short field to work with on their third touchdown after securing an interception defensively. Quarterback Timmy Crowley converted the turnover into a touchdown with an eight-yard run.
Down 21-0 with 5:24 left in the first half, the Blue Knights put together their best offensive drive of the night—going 67 yards on nine plays. Freshman quarterback Tim Bengtson accounted for 56 of the yards on the drive, six on his feet and 50 through the air. They converted two third downs on the drive and finished it off with a 35-yard touchdown strike to senior CJ Wiper on a second-and-20 situation.
Lukas Anderson successfully converted the point-after kick.
Middleboro quickly took away any ideas of a Sandwich comeback on its next drive. The Sachems worked their way down field in a swift manner, going 62 yards on seven plays to add a score just before halftime. Crowley found Zach Shafino for a one-yard score that pushed the hosts lead to 28-7 with 15 seconds left in the first half.
The second half featured 20 unanswered points by the hosts.
Looking ahead, the Blue Knights (3-7) will attempt to end the season on a high note in the Cranberry Friendship Bowl against Mashpee. The Falcons (6-3) beat Bellingham 22-6 in their last game and were the fourth seed in the Division 7 South Sectional tournament before losing in the first round to Nantucket, 42-0. Last season, Mashpee scored 35-7 against Sandwich at DeConto Stadium. The Falcons hold 7-2 all-time record in the Thanksgiving Day rivalry while the Blue Knights have not won since a 7-6 contest in 2015. Sandwich has only won at home.
The two teams will clash at DeConto Stadium in East Sandwich on Thursday, November 28, at 10 AM.