Wakefield, MA–The homecoming for Lexington head coach, George Peterson and assistant coach, Eric Fulgham was anything but welcome last night at Landrigan Field. The game was delayed close to 40 minutes due to lightning, but once the game started it was the Warriors who found lightning and a 31-7 opening week win making for a long ride back to Lexington for the two former Wakefield assistants.
Wakefield jumped out to an early lead on a 49 yard touchdown run down the Lexington sideline by QB Mike Miller. The extra point was added by PK Brian Auld and the Warriors had a quick 7-0 lead, which did not stand for long. Shortly after Miller’s dazzling sideline jaunt, he connected with RB Dan Cardillo on a 36 yard strike. The extra point snap was errant and QB Josh Orlowitz ran in the two point conversion putting the Warriors up 15-0.
The Minutemen started the 2nd quarter strong and drove down the field. Their drive was capped off by a 4 yard run by Xander Erickson for the score and the extra point, added by Noah Gilbert, made the score 15-7. This was as close as Lexington would make it.
Quickly after the Minutemen scored, lightning struck again in the form of a 54 yard pass from Miller to Cardillo. Auld’s extra point made the score 22-7 going into the half. The run after the catch was one for the highlight films as Cardillo broke several tackles and made numerous moves to avoid would be tacklers.
The Warriors scored again to start the 3rd quarter on a 38 yard run by Cardillo. Cardillo appeared to be injured on the play, but walked off the field on his own power. The extra point was blocked and the score was 28-7 in favor of the home team.
The second part of the 3rd quarter and most of the 4th quarter saw a lot of substitutions on the field with neither team being able to get much going. The Warriors capped off their scoring with a 30 yard field goal by Auld to make the final score stand at 31-7.
The win approves the Warriors to 1-0 and Lexington drops to 0-1. Wakefield will travel to Manning Field to battle Lynn English at 7PM on Friday and Lexington plays host to Concord-Carlisle with kick slated for 7PM as well.
Cardillo rushed for 89 yard and caught for 93 yards and 3 scores
Miller rushed for 108 yards and threw for 117 accounting for 3 scores
Both teams had new uniforms, most worthy of mention being Lexington’s two tone helmets
The weather delay is the first one in recent memory at Landrigan Field
Former Lexington and Wakefield head coach, Bill Tighe was in attendance