Wakefield Goes 0 For The Weekend; Both Teams Shut Out

November 3rd, 2014 by wwcpresident

Melrose, MA – It was a tough weekend for both the Varsity and Junior Varsity.  Each team gave up 24 points; neither team scored a point; and, if it wasn’t for the First Annual Warrior Club Jiggle & Giggle event at the Sheraton, it truly would have been a lost weekend for supporters of Warrior football.  Both teams will be looking to bounce back this coming weekend.  The Varsity will now play out the remaining two games prior to Thanksgiving in the Division 3 Northwest losers bracket while the Junior Varsity will take on Middlesex League opponents Woburn and Reading.

 

VARSITY

First Quarter

Melrose won the toss and elected to defer.  Senior Chris Calnan returned the kickoff 15 yards to set up the Warrior offense at the Wakefield 35 yard line.  Wakefield’s first three offensive plays resulted in positive yardage as Quarterback Anthony Cecere and then Calnan each gained 4 yards on successive running plays.  Then Cecere found senior tight end Dylan Brady on a slant pattern that covered 14 yards.  

After a bad snap lost 7 yards, the Red Raider pass rush forced two incompletions and Wakefield punted.

On Melrose’s first play from scrimmage Quarterback Jake Karelas found receiver Chris Pizzoti on a busted coverage in the secondary for 44 yards down to the Wakefield 24 yard line.   Then seven consecutive runs moved the ball into the end zone, with Jack Hickey converting from the 1 yard line.  The PAT kick by Karelas was good and Melrose was on the board first, 7-0.

Wakefield got another reception, covering 15 yards, from the Cecere to Brady combination on its next drive.  But after reaching midfield, Wakefield’s passing game stalled again as Melrose sent blitzers from different angles to force consecutive incompletions again.

Melrose took over on its own 25 yard line after a Warrior punt.  For the second consecutive series Melrose hit on a big play to open up their drive, this one a 20 yard pass completion off a bubble screen.  Three runs put the ball on the Wakefield side of the 50 yard line and then another Karelas to Pizzotti pass play gave the Red Raiders a first down at the Wakefield 30 yard line as the quarter ended.

Second Quarter

Melrose gained another 10 yards before the Warrior pass defense stiffened as senior Brian Conroy sniffed out a screen pass for a loss and Karelas threw two incompletions.  But a sign of how the night would go, Karelas booted a 39 yard field goal that just made it over the crossbar and Melrose had a 10-0 lead.

Melrose was up 17-0 less than 30 seconds later as Red Raider Jack Hickey picked up a Luke Martin fumble on Wakefield’s next offensive play and ran 43 yards untouched for a touchdown.  The PAT kick was good.

 

Wakefield put together a 6 minute drive on its next possession but could not finish it off.  Three runs yielded a first down, before Dylan Brady made his third big gain of the half reeling in an Anthony Cecere pass in the flat for 20 yards.  Then Cecere found senior Brian Dickey who got himself wide open for a 25 yard gain.  Luke Martin then ran for 4 yards to put Wakefield in the red zone.  But an offside and a sack pushed the Warriors back to the 29 yard line and a incomplete pass put Wakefield in a fourth-and-eighteen.  A Cecere scramble came up two yards short and Melrose took over on downs.

 

Melrose was unable to move the ball on the ground on its next possession and Wakefield was unable to move the ball through the air on its next possession.  But Zack Mercer blocked the Wakefield punt and Melrose took over at the Warrior 35 yard line with just over a minute left in the half.  The Red Raiders got the ball inside the red zone but a field goal attempt on the last play of the half fell short.

 

Third Quarter

Up 17-0 and getting the ball to open the third quarter, Melrose did not score but did take 5 ½ minutes off the clock on their opening drive.  Wakefield then chewed up several minutes as well on its first drive of the second half before surrendering the ball late in the quarter on an interception.

 

Fourth Quarter

Melrose was unable to do anything with the turnover though and Wakefield got the ball back.  Unfortunately Melrose got yet another interception three plays later and iced the game one play after that when Mike Pedrini ran 57 yards down the Wakefield sideline after breaking a tackle and getting around the end.

 

Wakefield’s last drive ended with another interception and Melrose ran down the clock to end the game advancing to the next round of the MIAA playoffs with a 24 -0 victory.

 

Notes:  Senior running back/linebacker Luke Martin suffered a knee injury on the last play of the game and will be seeing a doctor on Monday for an assessment.  He was immediately declared doubtful for Wakefield’s next game…while the offense and defense disappointed, senior Dylan Brady did not.  Unofficially Brady had 67 yards receiving…the good news is junior Tighe Beck made several tackles on defense, the bad news is that meant Melrose was consistently getting to the second level of the Warrior defense…senior Alex Kane also had his name called on defense a few times….senior Ben Joly made a heads up play, covering (and advancing) a Wakefield fumble in the offensive backfield late in the game….twenty-five days till Thanksgiving.  Revenge is best served cold.

Varsity vs Melrose DIV3NW 1/4 Final Game Photos are available here >>>

 

JUNIOR VARSITY

The weather and the outcome this week were in sharp contrast to last week.  Last week it was sunny and comfortable; this week cold and rainy.  Last week the offense and defense excelled; this week Wakefield struggled for consistency on both sides of the ball.

 

First Quarter

Things got off to a good start when junior defensive back Matt Smith intercepted a wounded duck thrown down the Lexington sideline and junior Quarterback Ned Buckley gained 7 yards on a designed keeper on Wakefield’s first play from scrimmage.  But Lexington then stacked up two runs for consecutive losses and Wakefield punted.  The Warrior defense held, aided by a Lexington false start and tackles by sophomore Pat Leary (a shoestring tackle to prevent a longer gain) and an option run stopped for a loss by juniors Evan Gourville and Alex Jancsy. 

 

Wakefield’s next drive also started with promise as Buckley ran for 18 yards up the middle on a fake jet sweep to junior back Paul McGunigle.  But then a fumble exchange on the option gave the ball back to Lexington.  On their first play from scrimmage the Minutemen ran a jet sweep for 28 yards down to the Wakefield 15 yard line.  Three more runs put Lexington at the Warrior 3 yard line with a first-and-goal.  Here sophomore linebacker PJ Iannuzzi filled the hole, stood up the running back, and waited for help to arrive.  It was a textbook tackle.

 

Second Quarter

Rinse, lather, repeat.  On the next play the Wakefield front seven, led by linebacker Evan Gourville did exactly the same thing, stuffing the run for a 1 yard gain.  The third time was not the charm, however, as quarterback Colby Andrews kept the ball and dove across the goal line for the score.  The PAT conversion pass was good and Lexington led 8-0.

 

As the weather deteriorated, neither team could generate much offense.  Wakefield’s catch-and-run short passing game was not generating the chunks of yardage it has previously and the long ball didn’t seem feasible under the conditions.  The best offensive play of the quarter for Wakefield was a 20 yard run by sophomore Will Shea who got outside along the Wakefield sidelines and sprinted 17 yards.

 

Lexington couldn’t do much better until the final drive before the half.  The Minutemen took over at their own 35 yard line at the 1:32 mark after a Wakefield punt, and immediately hit on a 43 yard passing play where the receiver got behind the corner.  A pass and a couple of runs later and Lexington was in the end zone on the final play of the half.  The PAT pass was good making it 16-0 and the Minutemen had that all-important second score heading to the locker room.

 

Third Quarter

Wakefield went three-and-out on the first possession and Lexington held the ball for most of the rest of the quarter.  The drive featured several fine individual Warrior defensive plays but just enough big plays by the Minutemen to result in the third and final score of the game.

 

On one play safety Ned Buckley read the formation and dropped the Lexington back for a 5 yard loss on a run blitz.  On another safety Alex McKenna defended a pass out in the flat for an incompletion and on yet another lineman Dan Dimeglio blew up a run play to force a punt.

 

However, Lexington, sitting at the Wakefield 35, faked the punt and ran 20 yards for a first down.  A third down pass for 16 yards overcame a loss of 12 yards on a botched snap on second down leaving Lexington looking at first-and-goal at the 5 yard line.  On the next play Quarterback Andrews walked in for a touchdown and Lexington converted a “hook and ladder” for the conversion and the die was pretty much cast at 24-0 as the third quarter ran down.

 

Fourth Quarter

Wakefield lost the ball on an interception just before the start of quarter four but regained the ball on an interception by junior Kevin Russo.  On what proved to be Wakefield’s last drive sophomore Alex McKenna gained almost 60 yards on two pass plays from Quarterback Kobey Nadeau before the drive also ended with an interception.  Lexington took two knees and the game was over.

JV vs Lexington2 Game Photos are available here >>>

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