The Scituate football team took its first step in its quest for a Patriot League Fisher Division championship with a 28-7 win over Plymouth South Friday Sept. 21 at Scituate High School.
Aside from a slow start that included a few mistakes offensively and a long possession from Plymouth South on its first drive, Scituate controlled the game.
Will Sheskey scored all four touchdowns for the Sailors, running for 150 yards on 20 carries with the four touchdowns (1, 5, 2 and 12 yards). He also had 6 tackles, two solo.
Nolan Startzell kicked four PATs for Scituate and quarterback Aidan Sullivan had another strong performance throwing for 142 yards while connecting on 12-of-14 passes, along with two carries for 15 yards.
Defensively, Josh McKeever had 8 tackles, Sean Tobin had 10 tackles, including 7 solo tackles and Garrett McKinnon had 6 tackles.
“I think on our first series on offense and defense could be improved on,” Scituate coach Herb Devine said. “We had four guys starting for the first time, so it took a bit of time to pick up to game speed. Then we settled down.”
For Sheskey and the offensive line, this game was a good opportunity to fix some of the problems they had against Duxbury the previous week, and Devine was pleased.
“We had opportunities to score through the air, but I made a joke and told the guys that when we were at the one or two-yard line it’s Sheskey time. The offensive line did a great job blocking. I’m happy about the running game. We knew after the Duxbury game that there was room for improvement.”
This week, Devine was looking for a solid week of practice as the Sailors prepare to host North Quincy, who heads into the game with a 3-0 record.
North Quincy beat Silver Lake 18-8, Westwood 14-7 and Archbishop Williams 27-7.
The game would be a big step for Scituate in the title hunt, as a win would send the Sailors to Hanover Friday Oct. 5 with a 2-0 league record.
Hanover could also head into the game undefeated as they host Plymouth South Friday night.
Devine said that his team will need to fix a few things.
“I’m happy about the win,” he said. “But we did a few things that were uncharacteristic. We fumbled four times. Even when we were up 28-0 we put the ball on the ground. We can’t keep doing that. We did have some injuries and a bunch of guys stood up. This week we’re getting guys back and should have a healthy squad Friday night.”
Kickoff is at 7 p.m.