Wakefield MA – The Warriors were once again dealt a tough loss. At the hands of the visiting Woburn team, the Warriors lost 23-8. However, Wakefield fought valiantly through the tough weather conditions, and an early trailing score. When the stands were mostly empty and only the two teams remained at Landrigan field, both teams continued to fight for every yard. Down 23 to 8 at the half, The Warriors never took their eyes off a win, and never gave up offensively or defensively. It surely would have been a win for Wakefield if the Warriors offense could have capitalized on some big defensive plays that put Wakefield in scoring position.
To start the game, Woburn ran for a touchdown following Wakefield’s turnover on fourth down. This was Woburn’s first offensive play of the game. The touchdown was followed by a successful extra point attempt. Then following kickoff, Woburn recovered the ball and ran for another touchdown and extra point. This put the score at 0-16 in Woburn’s favor. Senior Anthony Fabiano and Senior Vinny DeSciscio both helped Wakefield’s offense, but it was Junior Josh Puccio who would move the chains for Wakefield’s first time in the game, with a 26 yard carry. He then would run it in for a Wakefield touchdown. On the extra point attempt, Woburn blocked the kick and recovered the ball to run it for a safety. The score was then 6-16 in Woburn’s favor. During a successful defensive series, Wakefield sacked Woburn in the end zone for a safety. The first quarter would finish with a score of Wakefield 8, Woburn 16.
Defensively, Wakefield played very well in the first quarter. This held true into the second quarter. Senior Connor O’Brien, intercepted a Woburn pass, that the Warrior’s offense was unfortunately unable to capitalize on. Also, Junior Josh Puccio blocked a Woburn pass to prevent a large gain of yards. A turnover on downs then gave Woburn possession. Woburn then ran for a touchdown and a successful extra point to end the half with a score of Wakefield 8 Woburn 23.
Though it would not prove enough to win the game, the Warriors came back with a vengeance in the second half. In the third quarter, Junior Josh Puccio ran for a first down on fourth on two successive occasions. The defensive line also proved strong when Sophmore Nick Salamone made a huge tackle in the backfield to push Woburn behind the line of scrimige.
In the fourth, Wakefield was still looking to score. Senior Connor O’Brien had some nice fourth quarter plays that included a pass to Senior Vinny DeSciscio, and a scamble run from the backfield that resulted in a 19yd gain. Woburn’s defense held strong however, and the Warrriors were unable to find the end zone in the second half. The final score was Wakefield 8, Woburn 23. This loss dropped Wakefield league record to 1-3, and overall record to 1-4. This Friday, Wakefield travels to Stoneham for what is sure to be a great game.
This article was written by Warrior Club Sports Information Director Mark Thayer