Martin Scores 4, Defense Spins 2nd Straight Shutout; Stoneham JV Forfeits

October 18th, 2014 by wwcpresident

Wakefield, MA – Senior running back Luke Martin scored four touchdowns and the Wakefield defense extended its unscored upon streak to 8+ quarters of football as the Varsity turned in their second consecutive impressive effort, beating the Stoneham Spartans 27-0.   The Junior Varsity did not play as Stoneham could not field a squad.

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First Quarter

The Warrior defense set an early tone holding the Spartans to one yard on their first possession.  Then Stoneham punter misfired on fourth down ending up with just a 3 yard punt (no return) setting up Wakefield on the Spartan 44 yard line for the first offensive series of the game.  Wakefield quickly moved the ball downfield, getting inside the Stoneham 10 yard line on two big runs by Martin.  One run was for 19 yards, the other for 13 yards.

But then poor execution by Wakefield doomed any chance of scoring.  On first-and-goal from the 8 yard line, Wakefield took an illegal procedure penalty pushing the ball back 5 yards.  After a nice keeper by Senior quarterback Anthony Cecere gained 9 yards bringing the ball to the 4 yard line, Wakefield took a 5 yard motion penalty setting the ball back to the 9 yard line.  Then a miscue in the backfield resulted in a 14 yard loss and Wakefield now found itself on the Stoneham 23 yard line facing third down.  A Cecere to junior wideout Tighe Beck just missed in the end zone and a fourth down pass failed when a Spartan lineman hit Cecere’s arm as he was releasing the ball.

Stoneham took over on downs at their 23 yard line and showed better the second time around.  After an initial 3 yard run loss, junior quarterback Brandon Cann rolled right and gained 11 yards.  On third-and-two, Cann went in motion towards the Stoneham sideline as if to call a timeout when the center snapped the ball to junior running back Brendan O’Neil.  He ran 4 yards for the first down but the Wakefield defense did not relax and allow a longer gain.  On the next play Stoneham’s Max Messina got behind the Wakefield secondary but Cann’s pass hung up in the warm evening air allowing the Warriors to recover in time to break up the play.  Wakefield’s interior run defense then shut down the next couple of plays forcing Stoneham to punt.

A 27 yard punt return by senior Chris Calnan put Wakefield on the Stoneham 37 yard line.  And Luke “The Play Is Never Over” Martin scored his first touchdown on the next play.  Taking a handoff from Cecere on a play that was slow to develop, Martin started out behind the left side of the offensive line.  Finding no crease, only bouncing up against a gaggle of bodies, Martin felt his way to the right.  Finding some space there and using an incredible burst of speed from practically a standing position, the senior co-captain found running room, beat the lone remaining defender in space and sprinted 37 yards for the score.  The point after kick failed but Wakefield was now up 6-0.

Second Quarter

Stoneham’s next possession resulted in some traction as they moved the ball from the Spartan 38 yard line to the Warrior 20 yard line utilizing a mix of the run and the pass.  But then senior linebacker Jack Brown sacked quarterback Cann for a 10 yard loss forcing Stoneham into a passing down, third-and-eighteen at the Wakefield 30 yard line.  Cann then lofted a pass down the left sideline but senior defensive back Brian Dickey had Revis-like coverage on the play and pulled down an interception at the 1 yard line. 

 

That was the good news.  The bad news was the Wakefield offense had 99 yards to go in the other direction.  A give to Martin out of the full house backfield gave Wakefield some breathing room, as he bulled through the middle of the line out to the 6 yard line.  On second down, the Warriors deployed the same formation as did the Spartans defense which packed it in tight.  That proved to be a miscalculation because if the running back is able to break the line there is no support on the second or third level.  That is exactly what happened as Luke Martin busted through and romped 94 yards for his second touchdown of the half.    Senior fullback Joe DiFazio rushed the two point conversion and Wakefield led 14-0.

Stoneham again struggled to move the ball on their next possession but was able to play field position, as a 48 yard punt pinned Wakefield back on their own 5 yard line with about two minutes left in the half.  On the Warrior’s first play from scrimmage it looked like Martin might bust another long gainer but a Stoneham defender made a nice shoe top tackle to limit the gain to 7 yards.  A couple more Martin runs and a 16 yard pass to Brian Dickey put the ball at the Wakefield 41 yard line with under 30 seconds to play.

That is when Quarterback Cecere threw a long ball to Beck running down the Stoneham sideline.  The lanky junior caught it just inside the 15 yard line and then proceeded to drag what appeared to be the entire Spartan secondary on his back toward the end zone before finally going down at the 1 yard line.   On the next play Martin made the effort worthwhile, sweeping to the left and going in untouched to make the score 20-0 Wakefield at the half.

Third Quarter

Wakefield received the opening kick but mangled the possession after crossing midfield, with two bad snaps and an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty costing the team over 30 yards of field position.

But the ensuing Stoneham drive ended after one play with an interception by Tighe Beck who returned the ball to the Stoneham 40 yard line.  Wakefield then executed a deliberate 10 play drive down to the Spartan 9 yard line where the home team turned the ball over on downs.  While the Warriors did not score, the possession consumed most of the third quarter clock, making any chance of a Stoneham comeback even more unlikely.  On the drive junior fullback Zack Kane got the call three straight times grinding out a total of 18 yards.

Fourth Quarter

Stoneham’s second drive of the half also ended with a Wakefield interception as senior defensive back Chris Calnan made an aggressive break on the ball to snare the pass setting up yet another quick score by Wakefield.  Om the next play Luke Martin yet again hit a wall on the left, bounced out to the right and ran 35 yards for his fourth and final touchdown.  Chris Saponaro kicked the extra point and Wakefield was on cruise control with more than half the quarter to go.

With back-ups sprinkled liberally on both sides, Stoneham controlled the ball the rest of the way.  Over the course of 13 plays the Spartans slowly moved the ball downfield from their own 43 yard line to the Wakefield 8 yard line until the second team defense preserved the shutout, dropping the Spartans for losses on the last two plays of the game.

Notes: Good to see Coach Cummings back looking tanned and unrested after a brief scouting trip to Cancun…While Luke Martin deserves all the credit in the world for his tough and determined style of running (over 250 yards rushing Friday), he and the coaches would say the Wakefield offensive line rotation of Pat Boyson, Jake Cataldo, Brian Conroy, Logan Dunn, Mike Hakioglu, Ben Joly, Alex Kane, Matt Mercurio, and Eric Shilling deserves some props as well for engaging the defensive line effectively to make those runs possible….speaking of Hakioglu, no word on his injury and that of sophomore Matt Murdocca….Stoneham had their difficulties running between the tackles…in addition, the Wakefield defense recorded three interceptions, two sacks, and six other plays for negative yardage…the first offensive drives of both halves provide a cautionary tale for Wakefield as the playoffs approach in two weeks.  Making good on the opening drive of each half is an important weapon for good teams and Wakefield did not distinguish itself on either one tonight…Quarterback Anthony Cecere has found his rhythm in the passing game as that part of the Wakefield offense has shown marked improvement in recent games…depending on the results of other games this weekend, Martin should find himself back among the division scoring leaders in Eastern Mass….much to the delight of (another good) home crowd and possibly due to that long game-ending drive by Stoneham, Coach Boyages actually had some timeouts in his pocket when the gun sounded.

Varsity vs Stoneham Game Photos are available here >>>

 

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