Woburn, MA–The Warriors opened the 2011 season with a victory by defeating the Lexington Minutemen, 20-14 at Woburn’s Connolly Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The site of the game was changed due to poor field conditions at Lexington.
The game marked the first as a head coach for Lexington’s George Peterson, who is a former Warrior assistant. He took over the reigns this spring from legendary Coach Bill Tighe. Coach Tighe roamed the Lexington sidelines for the 35 years and was also a former Warrior coach. Coach Tighe was the head coach of the Warriors in the 50’s and 60’s.
The game started off well for the Minutemen as Nick Murray rumbled in from 2 yards out making the score 7-0. Wakefield stormed back in the 2rd quarter scoring three touchdowns.
Leading the way for the Warriors were Jamie Bourque and Dan Cardillo. Bourque connected to Cardillo on two touchdown passes during the pivotal 2rd qtr. The Warriors adding to the boxscore with a 4 yard touchdown run from Zack Bates to end the half
The Minutemen scored in the 4th qtr. with an 11 yard touchdown pass from Connor Murray who connected with Samir Pathan.
Due to the realignment of the Middlesex League, this game is a non-league tilt for both teams. Lexington is competing as a Middlesex League Large School this year and the Warriors are in the Middlesex League Small School Division.
Coach Boyages was happy with the victory. “We are not use to playing many Saturday games, so its nice to come over here and get a victory. We have a few Saturday games this year, so hopefully this sets the tone.” Boyages continued, “I think we did somethings good and did some other things not that good. This time last year we were scrimmaging, so to have a game now is good and to get a victory is even better.”
The Warriors open their home schedule next Friday Night at Landrigan Field against the Lynn English Bulldogs at 7:00PM. Lynn English, which competes in the Northeastern Conference, is coming off a surprising upset of Gloucester. The Bulldogs ended the Fishermen’s 26 game unbeaten streak, which was the longest in EMass, by defeating them 41-0.
“It appears we will have our hands full next with Lynn English,” said Boyages. He continued, “I think our kids are up for the challenge, especially considering its a home game.”