Warriors top Stoneham 20-13 on late TD

October 10th, 2016 by wwcpresident

The Wakefield Warriors took over sole possession of first place in the Middlesex Conference Freedom League with a 20-13 win over the previously unbeaten Stoneham Spartans.   The win moves the Warriors to 3-2 overall and 3-0 in the conference and sets up an important match-up this Friday night at Landrigan Field against Burlington.

The game against Stoneham was a back and forth affair with Wakefield jumping out to an early 6-0 league in the first quarter thanks to dynamic 50 yard run by Joe Marinaccio and a tough touchdown run by P.J. Iannuzzi.  Wakefield’s extra point was blocked leaving the score at 6-0.  Stoneham answered in the second quarter with a long TD drive and hit the extra point leaving the score at 7-6 Stoneham at half.

Stoneham got on the board first in the second half when they picked of a pass and ran it back for a touchdown making the score 13-6.  A failed extra point would leave the Warriors only a touchdown down.

The Warriors, just like they did against Watertown a few weeks earlier, answered the Stoneham score with a long TD drive of their own highlighted by a great throw and catch from Mike Lucey to senior Alex McKenna.  The drive was capped off with Iannuzzi’s second TD of the day on a beautiful play action pass from Lucey.  Iannuzzi then drilled the extra point and the game was tied headed into the fourth quarter.

Neither team gave much ground early in the fourth, but Wakefield would finally break through midway through the quarter when Pat Leary took a jet sweep 35 yards into Stoneham territory and Lucey found Marinaccio in the end zone with a perfect pass from 25 yards making the score 20-13.

Stoneham would be forced to punt on its next possession and Wakefield took the clock down to 1 minute before giving the ball back to Stoneham at their own 40 with no timeouts.  The Wakefield defense was up to the task as Stoneham could not muster even one first down as time expired.  Carmen Sorrentino, Joe Connell, Iannuzzi and Marinaccio anchored the defense all night holding a Stoneham team that averaged 28 points a game coming into the contest to only 13 points.

 

 

 

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