Varsity Overpowers Lynn English; JV Drops Second Non-League Contest

September 20th, 2014 by wwcpresident

Lynn, MA – The Wakefield Warrior varsity took their running game on the road for the first time this season Friday night and left the Manning Bowl with a convincing 32-14 win over an outmatched Lynn English.  Meanwhile Saturday morning, the Junior Varsity demonstrated an improved offense but came up on the short end of a 14-12 score at Landrigan Field.

The varsity win was powered by another strong running game featuring the full house formation and three touchdown runs by senior co-captain Luke Martin, an interception returned for a touchdown by senior defensive back Brian Dickey, and a special teams fumble recovery for a touchdown by junior Paul McGunigle.  While the offense moved the ball well for the second consecutive week, it was the defense that garnered much of the post-game commentary.  The defensive unit regularly rallied to the ball; the linebacking corps (featuring senior Jack Brown, along with seniors Jake Cataldo and Dylan Brady as well as juniors Zach Kane, Mike Moran, and McGunigle) showed improved play; and, overall, mistakes on this side of the ball were the result of being aggressive, not passive.

First Quarter

For the second consecutive week, the opening kick-off was an adventure.   The Warriors initially fumbled away the kick to the Bulldogs inside the Wakefield 15 yard line but a Lynn English player was offside negating the play.  The re-kick was also muffed by Wakefield but the Warriors recovered at the 32 yard line to start the game.  On the first play from scrimmage Lynn English put 11 men in the box to counter Wakefield’s full house backfield.  That proved ill-advised as senior quarterback Anthony Cecere handed off to running back Luke Martin who broke through quickly to the second level.  With nothing but green turf in front of him, Martin ran 68 yards for a touchdown less than thirty seconds into the contest.   The PAT failed and Wakefield led 6-0.

Lynn English failed to gain a first down on their initial possession with linebacker Jack Brown and junior safety Ned Buckley making key stops.  After a punt, Wakefield took possession at their own 39 yard line, brought out the full house backfield again, and proceeded to pick up where they left off last week.  Eleven straight running plays featuring Paul McGunigle and Luke Martin brought the ball to the Lynn English six.  On second and goal, with senior fullback Joe DiFazio rumbling to the end zone, Miguel Martinez forced a fumble which was recovered by teammate Jeremy Garcia at the one yard line.

Lynn English started its drive at the sixteen yard line as a result of a Wakefield penalty after the fumble but Jake Cataldo and Mike Moran made tackles to force the Bulldogs into a passing situation on third down.  Quarterback Lucas Harris tried to find receiver Daekwon Shepard downfield but senior cornerback Brian Dickey intercepted the ball at the 30 yard line and took it all the way to the house for Wakefield’s second score.  The conversion rush failed and the score was 12-0 Warriors with 2:35 to play in the first quarter.

Lynn English was able to move the ball at the end of the first quarter.  A 13 yard run by Stevie Collins and a 24 yard pass completion from Harris to Shepard helped move the ball to the Wakefield 34 yard line as time expired.

Second Quarter

Harris picked up another fifteen yards on a scramble before a questionable pass interference call against Wakefield gave the Bulldogs a first down inside the ten yard line.  On the very next play Harris ran up the gut on a quarterback keeper and Lynn English was on the board at the 7:21 mark.  The conversion failed but the Warrior lead

The Warrior offense was unfazed.  A 15 yard kickoff return by McGunigle set up a three play scoring drive for the Warriors.   The key play was a Cecere to junior Tighe Beck 39 yard pass play along the Wakefield sideline to the Lynn English 18.  Luke Martin took it from there, using two running plays to find the end zone.  The conversion failed again but Wakefield regained its twelve point advantage at 18-6 less than one minute after the Lynn English score.  And then the game turned for the last time.

Lynn English fumbled the ensuing kickoff, attempting a trick play and the ball was recovered by Paul McGunigle who rambled 16 yards for Wakefield’s second touchdown in 13 seconds.  The run conversion by Martin was good and the Warriors took a commanding 26-6 lead.

That would be the score at halftime as the Wakefield’s rotating secondary, this time using Beck, Cecere, senior Chris Calnan, and sophomore Alex McKenna shut down the last Bulldog drive.

Third Quarter

Lynn English received the second half kickoff but gained no yards and punted away giving the Warriors excellent field position.  Wakefield started their first drive of the half at the Bulldog 30 yard line and a steady diet of the “M Boys” (Martin and McGunigle) resulted in Wakefield’s last score.  The Warriors ran six straight times, the last one a 2 yard blast by Martin for his third score of the game.  The kick failed but the Warriors led 32-6.

Lynn English did put together a good drive later in the third quarter, starting at their own 38 and taking ten plays to drive deep into Wakefield territory.  But Lucas fumbled at the end of a great twenty yard run giving Wakefield possession as the third quarter closed.

Fourth Quarter

The Bulldogs scored the only touchdown of the period when running back Stevie Collins took the direct snap and ran 48 yards for a score.  The conversion pass from Lucas to Collins was good making the score 32-14 at the 7:50 mark.  Wakefield’s next and final drive consumed over seven minutes as the clock ran down.  Seniors Martin and Brown, along with juniors Zach Conlon, Evan Gourville, Alex Janscy, and sophomore Carmen Sorrentino all got touches to keep the chains moving.

Notes: Junior Tighe Beck and senior Chris Calnan returned from injury to play in their first game of the season… but junior Paul McGunigle left the game in the second half with bruised ribs….He is expected to be out a minimum of 5 days but until Sue speaks, we withhold further comment….Senior quarterback Will Bergendahl saw action in the second half…The offensive line continued to execute well supporting the running game and keeping the Wakefield quarterbacks clean…The Warrior front seven consistently kept Bulldog quarterback Lucas Harris from setting his feet which hampered the Lynn English attack….The Warriors did turn the ball over at the end of both halves but both plays were inconsequential to the outcome…Additionally there is room for improvement with penalties…Lynn’s Manning Bowl was the site of Wakefield’s win (Marblehead) and loss (Dennis-Yarmouth) in the Schoolboy Super Bowl Tournament in 2011, the senior year of then quarterback Jaime Bourque, who this year served as a graduate assistant coach for the Warrior program during pre-season….Next week the Varsity plays at Melrose Friday night, kicking off the Middlesex Small regular season…the JVs play Melrose at home Saturday morning.

Varsity vs Lynn English Game Photos available here >>>

JUNIOR VARSITY

Junior Varsity Drops 2nd Game in a Row, 14-12

The Wakefield JVs had a much better effort in Week Two of the season but still dropped their game by a score of 14-12.  Physical mistakes on both sides of the ball, which are correctable, were a major factor in the defeat.

The game started inauspiciously for the JV Warriors as the Lynn English Bulldogs marched down the field after the opening kickoff.  Utilizing all runs, the Bulldogs moved from their 37 yard line to inside Wakefield’s 25 before scoring on a 23 yard run to the right side of the defense.  The run conversion was good when Lynn English was able to slip a tackle to score, making it 8-0.

Alex Janscy took the next kickoff 25 yards out to the Wakefield 45 yard line and then took the first play from scrimmage another 18 yards to set up the Warriors inside the Lynn English forty yard line.  The JVs started up their own version of ground and pound making short but consistent gains to the 15.  But the drive stopped there with a fumble on fourth-and-one.

Wakefield’s next drive did not result in a score but featured two nice offensive plays, one by junior running back Kevin Russo who ripped off a nice 14 yard gain and Alex McKenna who made a tough catch over the middle knowing he would get upended by a safety bearing down on him.   That play gained a first-and-goal from the ten but the Warriors could not convert.

Taking possession of the ball deep in their own territory, the Bulldogs tried to bust it out with a pass on third down but junior cornerback Matt Smith read the eyes of the Lynn English quarterback and intercepted the pass.  The play was aided by an effective blitz by McKenna as well.  Starting out at the Bulldog 15 and using an empty backfield, Wakefield could not cash in as Warrior receivers could not find the handle on a couple of passes from sophomore quarterback Kobey Nadeau. 

On the next Lynn English series, again starting deep in their own territory, the Bulldogs could not move the ball.  The highlight of this series was a well-defended pass play by junior defensive back Eric Smith who just missed an interception.  Forced to punt again from their own 9 yard line, Wakefield made them pay this time.  Taking over at the 30 yard line of Lynn English, Warrior fortunes finally turned as quarterback Nadeau threw a 23 yard touchdown pass to a wide open junior receiver Nick Elcewicz.  The pass conversion failed but Wakefield had cut the lead to two points, 8-6 by halftime.

Wakefield took the second half kickoff (a 17 yard return by Janscy) and temporarily seized the lead.  On this drive, junior backs Zach Conlon and Russo combined for 58 yards of offense on five running plays.  Big plays included a 27 yard run by Conlon who read his downfield blockers well and a 16 yard run by Russo who took a handoff coming across the formation.  The conversion pass failed but Wakefield had the lead for the first time in the game 12-8.

Lynn English regained the lead on the next series eventually executing a textbook pass play of 29 yards for the score.  The Bulldog quarterback laid a pass out there allowing his receiver to run under it and make the catch in the end zone.  The run conversion failed but Lynn English was back on top 14-12.

And that is how it would end as neither team could mount a credible scoring threat for the remaining quarter and a half.

 JV vs Lynn English Game Photos available here>>>

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