FOXBOROUGH - It's not as if the Swampscott faithful had an 86-year wait for a championship like Red Sox fans. But, the Big Blue's 35-year drought was long enough.
Getting to a Super Bowl was not uncharted territory - Swampscott had appeared in the title game four times in the past 11 years (1996, 1997, 2002, and 2003) but each time came up short.
The frustration ended yesterday for the Big Blue. A 22-6 victory over Medfield secured the Division 3 Super Bowl title and its place in Swampscott history.
"This team will have its own plaque on the wall that everyone will look at for years to come," said coach Steve Dembowski.
The Swampscott players were aware of their team's recent history and were determined to join the 1972 squad as the school's only Super Bowl champions.
"To do what all those great teams before us couldn't do and win the Super Bowl is amazing," running back/linebacker Ilya Levin said.
The Big Blue got off to a fast start, scoring on their first two possessions. Quarterback Peter Kinchley (6 for 10, 102 yards) continued his stellar season by completing a slant pass over the middle to Justin Mitchell for a 49-yard touchdown with 6:57 left in the first quarter. Kinchley took it in himself from 9 yards out with 9:08 remaining in the second quarter to give Swampscott a 15-0 lead.
The strength of Medfield all season was its ability to control the clock and run the ball effectively. The 15-0 deficit forced the Warriors out of their comfort zone and required them to try to move the ball through the air.
Another blow to the Warriors occurred when running back Drew Donnelly sustained an arm injury in the first half and was not a factor for much of the game.
"Drew going down was a huge blow," coach Mike Slason said. "He's so integral in what we want to do; that was tough."
Medfield had an opportunity to put points on the board in the final moments before halftime when it went on a 13-play drive, but couldn't get the ball into the end zone after being stopped on four consecutive plays inside the 5-yard line.
"We're obviously a ball-control offense that doesn't gain the most amounts of yards and takes our time with the ball so not scoring there really hurt," Slason said.
The Big Blue put the nail in the coffin in the fourth quarter when Kyle Shonio punched in a 1-yard score to put Swampscott up, 22-0. Medfield's Marc Hostovsky's 1-yard run made it a 22-6 game with 3:52 remaining but the Swampscott offense had three key first downs to hold the ball the remainder of the game.
Shonio (10 rushes for 71 yards) and Levin (11 for 76) were the key to an offense that usually spreads it out.
"Those guys had their best games of the year," Dembowski said. "They had a lot of important yardage and a few huge first downs."
The athletic ability of Swampscott's linebackers let the Big Blue use only three down linemen most of the game and stop Medfield's short-passing attack.
"Our linebackers did a great job all game of containing the intermediate outside passes," Dembowski said.