Wakefield, MA–The Wakefield High School football team has not lost to the Watertown Raiders since the 1987 season. The winning streak represents the longest streak among opponents in the Middlesex League. The Warriors needed a two point conversion by Captain Tyler MacDonald with just over a minute left to inch by the Red Raiders, 35-34 Saturday Night.
Wakefield started the scoring with a 74 yard TD scamper by QB Mike Miller. Sal LoBrutto added the PAT and the Warriors enjoyed a quick 7-0 lead.
That lead would be short lived as Austin Farry hauled in a 37 yard strike from QB Joey Farrar just minuted later. The PAT attempt failed and the score was 7-6 in favor of the Warriors.
Miller found Alec Brown across the middle and the Sr. TE wiggled his way to the endzone on a 59 yard strike. The kicked failed and Wakefield was up 13-6.
To Watertown’s credit, they answered quickly on a 48 yard Farrar to Austin scoring strike. Eric Antonellis added the PAT and Watertown had the lead 14-13 and the momentum.
The Warrior dug deep and then dominated the remainder of the 2nd Qtr. Miller found Bruce Brown on a 16 yard scoring strike and a 58 yard scoring strike. LoBrutto added the PAT both times and the Warriors went into the locker room with a commanding 27-13 lead.
The Raiders opened the second half with a successful onside kick recovery and immediately went to work. The Raiders scored twice during the Qtr. while holding the Warriors scoreless. Farrar found Austin Farry on a 26 yard scoring play but the kick failed. Then moments later, Farrar found T.J. Hairston with an 11 yard strike and the 2pt. conversion was converted on a Farrar to Farry pass. The score was all tied up 27-27 at the end of the 3rd and the Warriors found themselves on serious upset alert.
Watertown put together a magnificent 70 yard drive to open the 4th Qtr. when Logan Riley barreled in from 5 yards out with a little over 2 minutes left to play. Antonellis added the PAT and Watertown was now ahead 34-27.
At that point the Raiders were on the cusp of pulling off one of the biggest upsets in their program’s history but Wakefield spoiled the party.
On precision passing by Miller, the Warriors drove to the 12 yard line where he found Brown on a 12 yard strike. The score tied the game at 34-34 with just over a minute to go. The Warriors took a time out and decided to go for two. Tyler MacDonald was hit hard at the line of scrimmage, but muscled his way over the goal line to secure the two points and a 35-34 lead.
The win improves the Warriors record to 8-2 on the season where the loss drops the Raiders to 5-5. Wakefield will host Melrose on Thanksgiving morning at Landrigan Field.