Varsity Loses Big; JV Wins Big Against Watertown

October 4th, 2014 by wwcpresident

Watertown, MA – Watertown Coach John Cacace has done a good job building up the Raider varsity football program over the last few years.  Watertown is no longer an easy mark in the Middlesex League, as evidenced by the fact that it has not trailed for a single moment this season in building an undefeated 4-0 record.  These days if you don’t play a strong game against Watertown on both sides of the ball, it could be a long night and that is exactly what it was for Wakefield Thursday evening as they were swamped 40 – 22.

It was a different story Friday afternoon, however, as Watertown could not beat 128 traffic or the Warriors, as Wakefield secured a short, sweet, and dominating 28-0 victory over the Raiders in an abbreviated game that started late when Watertown got caught in traffic and ended early when the game officials had to leave to referee Northeast Voke’s varsity game up the street.

VARSITY

First Quarter

Wakefield got off to a slow start for the second consecutive game with a fumble and a three-and-out marking the first two possessions.

On its second play of the game, the Warriors fumbled the ball away on what appeared to be a broken play.  Watertown took over at the Wakefield 20 yard line.  After running unsuccessfully up against the middle of the Warrior defense for a 1 yard gain, the Raiders elected to go outside on the next play with Watertown quarterback Nick Giordano gaining 17 yards down to the 2 yard line.  Junior defensive lineman Logan Dunn then dropped Giordano for a 3 yard loss, the second down pass fell incomplete, and senior defensive back Brian Dickey and senior lineman Ben Joly held the edge on a jet sweep on the next play forcing 4th down and goal from the 2 yard line.  The Raiders elected to kick the field goal with freshman Conor Kennelly converting at the 7:09 mark for a 3-0 Watertown lead.

Taking possession at its own 20 yard line, Wakefield went three-and-out on its first possession and punted away.  Watertown ended up with excellent field position for the second consecutive series, taking over on the Wakefield 32 yard line.  This series was an up and down one for the Wakefield defense.  On the initial set of downs the Warriors forced a fourth-and-three at the Wakefield 25 yard line.  The Raiders elected to go for it but the Warrior defense forced a holding call as Watertown tried to run wide.  That set Watertown back to its 35 yard line with a fourth-and-thirteen.  But QB Giordano was able to find junior Kyle Foley for 14 yards and a first down.  The defense then held again forcing a fourth-and-one from the 12 yard line.  But again QB Giordano found a way, running a bootleg off a packed formation all the way to the end zone.  The kick was good and Watertown had a 10-0  lead.

Second Quarter

With the Warriors on their heels, the offense turned to the long ball on their next drive.  The combination of senior Quarterback Anthony Cecere and junior receiver Tighe Beck combined to gain 58 yards on the next two plays through the air.  The first was a 15 yard pass interference call on a ball intended for Beck along the sidelines; the second was a 43 yard completion where the 6’3” Beck  outjumped the Watertown defender to snare the ball.  On the very next play Cecere kept the ball on a sweep hitting the pylon for a 15 yard touchdown run.  The conversion kick was blocked but Wakefield had cut the lead to 10-6.

On the next series Watertown’s Nick Giordano showed how talented a player he is.  On several plays he scrambled to avoid losses, broke containment on others, and slipped tackles along the way, as he drove the Raiders downfield.  His efforts culminated in a 22 yard touchdown run that started with a bad snap, good pass coverage by Wakefield, and an elusive Giordano taking off downfield.  With the kick conversion, Watertown was up 17-6.

The teams then traded possessions (Wakefield three-and-out, Watertown a fumble at the end of a pass play that senior back Chris Calnan nearly intercepted, and then Wakefield on downs at the Watertown 44 yard line).  Watertown then engineered a drive of big plays – a well-executed screen pass for 18 yards, a delayed draw for 9 yards, and a 17 yard run by Zach Rimsa for a touchdown and a 23-6 Watertown lead.

With 1:10 to go in the half and the game slipping away, the Warriors made one more stand.  Starting at their own 32 yard line, Cecere scrambled for 6 yards before connecting on a 15 yard pass play with senior receiver Brian Dickey.  With the ball at the Watertown 48 yard line, Anthony Cecere threw a textbook spiral down the middle of the field where a sure-handed Tighe Beck caught the ball in stride and galloped to the Raider 3 yard line.  After three runs gained only 2 yards, the coaching staff made the call to go pass on fourth down and Cecere found senior back Luke Martin for the touchdown.  The two point conversion run by Cecere after first looking to pass made the score Watertown 23 – Wakefield 14 at the half.

Third Quarter

In the second half the Wakefield could not get untracked and the defense could not shut the Raiders down often enough or consistently enough.  In a nine point 2nd half game, the next score is critical and it went to Watertown.  The defense forced a punt on the Raider’s first possession and the ball was downed inside the Warrior 10 yard line.  The offense was stymied and a bad punt gave Watertown their third possession of the game deep in Wakefield territory.

A combination of short gains and a penalty on Wakefield got the ball to the Wakefield 13 yard line where Giordano completed a touchdown pass.  The kick was good and with a minute left in the 3rd quarter, Watertown had a three score lead at 30-14.

Fourth Quarter

The Raiders extended their lead to 37-14 on the first play of the fourth quarter when a Wakefield defensive back tripped in coverage leaving a man wide open to receive Giordano’s second TD pass of the game.

Wakefield followed with a Cecere to Dickey 40 yard pass play for a touchdown with Calnan on the receiving end of the two-point conversion making it 37-22 with 8 minutes to play in the game.  Any chance of a comeback was snuffed out by a Kennelly field goal on the ensuing drive.

Notes: The offense started slowly, the team fell behind, the defense was gashed at key moments, and anything that could go wrong did as the team tried to mount a comeback….Look for a determined effort next week though….Unofficially Tighe Beck had over 115 yards receiving…Wakefield continued its bad habit of picking up unsportsmanlike foul penalties….junior running back Paul McGunigle, who has missed the last two games, has been cleared to resume non-contact running activities in one more week although no date has been set for his return.

Varsity vs Watertown Game Photos are available here >>>

 

JUNIOR VARSITY

 JV Plays Well In All Phases; Routs Watertown 28-0

Under the leadership of two acting coaches — Coach Berry (offense) and Coach Gallant (defense) — the Junior Varsity excelled on offense, defense, and special teams on its way to a 28-0 rout of the Watertown JV squad Friday afternoon.  The game began more than an hour after its scheduled 3:30pm start time as the Watertown buses sat in 128 traffic.  The game ended prematurely as it was played running time because the officiating crew had a 7pm contest as well at Northeast Voke.  That might have been a good thing as Wakefield’s offense never punted and Wakefield’s defense played its best game of the year.

Watertown received the opening kickoff and the Warrior defense set the tone immediately.  After a short gain of 3 yards on the game’s first play, the front four of junior Nick Elcewicz, sophomore Joe Connell, junior Brad Sletterink, and sophomore C.J. Wixon recorded two consecutive sacks for a total of negative 20 yards in forcing a three-and-out.  These four, along with junior Evan Gourville and sophomores Joe Marinaccio and PJ Ianuzzi, would be a factor most of the afternoon.

A short punt fielded cleanly by sophomore returner Alex McKenna set up the offense on the Watertown 22 yard line.  Three plays later junior quarterback Ned Buckley threw a bubble screen past the outstretched arm of a Watertown defender and junior tight end Mike Moran did the rest, slicing his way through the middle of the Raider defense for a 12 yard score.  The touchdown was set up by an 8 yard run from across the formation by junior Kevin Russo and a 2 yard keeper by Buckley.  The conversion passed failed and Wakefield took a 6-0 lead.

Watertown had some success on its next drive but it was short lived.  Starting at their own 21 yard line, Watertown ran the ball for 10, 3, and another 10 yards before the Warrior defense stiffened.  Yet another sack, a no gain, and a 6 yard QB scramble forced by the pass rush resulted in a Raider punt.

Sophomore returner Pat Leary took the kick at his own 15 yard line and went up the Wakefield sideline 31 yards before going head over heels trying to leap a tackler.  From there the offense took over and put together an 8 play, 54 yard drive for the game’s second score.   On the first play Buckley and Moran reprised the bubble screen for 9 yards followed by another keeper by Buckley for 7 yards.

The running game took over from there as sophomore Will Shea went for 7 yards on a crossing formation play and then junior Alex Jancsy ripped off a 17 yard gain.  After a Watertown offside penalty and a short run, Jancsy found the end zone from 7 yards out, taking a pitch off the option play.  On the successful two-point conversion, Buckley rolled right, threw the ball where only junior receiver Eric Smith could catch it.  Smith in turn went to his knees for the catch, cradled the ball while rolling over to show the official the completed pass.  Wakefield was up 14-0 with less than 2 minutes to play in the first half.

Watertown could not pick up a first down with the half winding down and punted it back to Wakefield with less than 30 seconds to play.  This is where Wakefield put the pedal down.  On the first play from scrimmage at their own 15 yard line, Assistant Coach Zack Boyages made the call of the young JV season.  Quarterback Ned Buckley dropped back to pass and pump faked the bubble screen to Moran, drawing the defense.  Wide receiver Kevin Russo then executed a perfect release downfield to get behind the defense where Buckley found him at the Watertown 40 yard line.  Russo, one of the team’s fastest players, then outran the trailing Raider defense to complete an 85 yard catch and run for Wakefield’s third consecutive score.  A quarterback keeper by Buckley on the conversion made the score 22-0 Warriors at the half.

Junior Alex Fils-Aime playing an up back on the receiving team took the second half kickoff 7 yards setting up Wakefield at its own 41 yard line.  The Warriors then mounted another sustained drive that took up the entire abbreviated third quarter and some of the 4th.  Featuring ten running plays in all and utilizing five different players (Buckley, Jancsy, juniors Zach Conlon and Evan Gourville, and sophomore Will Shea), the Warriors covered 59 yards.  Shea carried the last three plays, covering a total of 28 yards, with the last a 5 yard scamper for the score.  The conversion pass failed but Wakefield was up 28-0.

Watertown took over with just over two minutes to play in the game.    The Raiders were able to break a 37 yard run to get inside the Wakefield 30 yard line but the Warrior pass rush again throttled any further threat to preserve the shut out.

Notes: Unofficially Wakefield had 4 sacks and several pressures….The Wakefield offense had four possessions and scored a touchdown each time….Also, the offense did not have a single play go for negative yardage…Watertown’s first three kick returns netted zero yards against Wakefield’s special teams.

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