Wakefield MA – Redemption was on the mind of The Warriors when they traveled to Stoneham High School for Friday night’s game. Wakefield played hard from kickoff until the end of the game, and never let up. Desperate for a win, The Warriors brought everything they had to the game and left with their goal completed, win. Wakefield beat Stoneham 34-0. This recent win boosted Wakefield’s league record to 2-3, and overall record to 2-4.
It looked like it was going to be another tough game for Wakefield at the beginning of the first quarter. On the game opening kickoff, Stoneham recovered their onside kick. Unable to capitalize, Wakefield gained possession after a turnover on fourth down. Any doubt of victory that the opening plays instilled on Warrior fans soon disappeared. Senior Connor O’Brien had a tremendous punt return, with a few broken tackles and a large yard gain. Junior Josh Puccio of Wakefield then came up big for offense with two long runs that resulted in a Warrior’s touchdown, followed by a successful extra point. This put Wakefield on the board for a score of Wakefield 7, Stoneham 0. Towards the end of the first, Junior Josh Puccio and Senior Connor O’Brien both came through once again when Puccio made a successful pass to O’Brien for another Warrior touchdown. With another successful extra point, the score was Wakefield 14, Stoneham 0. Wakefield’s defense was unstoppable throughout the game, they held back Stoneham all night and gave the Warrior’s offense a lot of time on the field. The second quarter saw Wakefield score once again when Junior R.J. Archibald received a pass and reached the endzone. With another successful extra point the score was Wakefield 21, Stoneham 0 going into the half.
Stoneham tried with no avail to come back strong in the second half. Stoneham recovered a Wakefield fumble but had little time to capitalize because of an interception by Sophmore Kendall Hamilton of Wakefield. Near the end of the third quarter, Sopmore Dan Cardillo was able to score a touchdown for Wakefield off a successful run. With the extra point gained, the score was then Wakefield 28, Stoneham 0. The Warriors reached the endzone once again in the fourth quarter when Sophmore Dan Cardillo ran the ball for a long touchdown run. On the extra point attempt, Stoneham was able to block the kick. This put the final score at Wakefield 34, Stoneham 0. Wakefields defense held up as it had the whole game, and did not allow Stoneham to score in the fourth.
The Warriors look to use the momentum from this win when they take on Belmont this Friday night at 6:00pm. There is a lot of football left for Wakefield, and the Warriors hope to take advantage and finish the season strong.
This article was written by Warrior Club Sports Information Director Mark Thayer