Wakefield, MA—The Wakefield High School football team has not been to the playoffs since 2001. That year, the Warriors beat Needham in the playoff round before losing to Acton-Boxboro in the Super Bowl.
On Tuesday, November 29th this year’s Warriors will face the Marblehead Magicians in the Division 2A Playoff game at Lynn’s Manning Field. Kick-off is slated for 5:15PM. The winner of this game will meet the winner of Dennis-Yartmouth and Walpole for the Division 2A Super Bowl.
The Warriors, led by head coach Mike Boyages, enter the game with a 9-2 record with their two losses coming to Division 1A playoff team, Lynn English and Division 2 playoff team, Reading. They won the Middlesex League Small Division by going 5-0. This is the third time in as many years that Wakefield has won their division.
The Magicians, led by head coach Jim Rudloff, clinched the CAL/NEC Tier 2 Championship with their 21-7 triumph against Swampscott on Thanksgiving morning. They finished their season at 8-2 and 5-0 and their division. Their two losses came against Winthrop and Newburyport, who is in the playoffs as well.
Wakefield has one of the stingiest defenses in EMass as they only gave 97 points all season, which was tops in Division 2A. The Warriors are lead defensively by their Senior Co-Captains Nick Calderone, who plays cornerback and Josh Puccio, who lines up at strong safety. The Warrior linebacker’s are led by Senior Zack Bates, Junior Tyler MacDonald and Junior Alec Brown. Upfront the team is lead by Senior Joe Pacitto, who kicked the game winning field goal on Thanksgiving.
Offensively, the Warriors average 27 points per game and are led by Senior Quarterback Jamie Bourque. Bourque, who holds the school record for most passing yards in a season, has thrown for more than 1,400 yards and 13 touchdowns. Puccio receives the bulk of the carries on offensive, but look for Junior Dan Cardillo and Bates to take some carries as well.
Marblehead, who last saw post-season action in 2009, has a solid defense and only gave up 134 poinst this season. Offensively, they scored 253 points and were lead by Senior Will Quigley. Quigley was recently named Offensive Player of the Year by the CAL/NEC Tier 2 coaches. Their quarterback is Senior Ian Maag, who is a dual threat with his arm and legs.
“We were able to scout Marblehead and we will get some film on them as well.” said Coach Boyages. “Quigley is certainly their best player and their offensive definitely revolves around him,” Boyages continued. “I think we match up well against them, so I expect a great game.”
|MARBLEHEAD 14||Pentucket 14||WAKEFIELD 20||Lexington 14|
|MARBLEHEAD 40||Ipswich 8||LYNN ENGLISH 21||Wakefield 6|
|WINTHROP 29||Marblehead 12||WAKEFIELD 33||Winchester 0|
|MARBLEHEAD 22||Hingham 19||WAKEFIELD 39||Belmont 7|
|NEWBURYPORT 28||Marblehead 26||WAKEFIELD 28||Arlington 7|
|MARBLEHEAD 22||Gloucester 6||WAKEFIELD 35||Wilmington 7|
|MARBLEHEAD 35||Salem 7||WAKEFIELD 14||Burlington 6|
|MARBLEHEAD 48||Danvers 6||WAKEFIELD 37||Stoneham 7|
|MARBLEHEAD 13||Beverly 12||READING 28||Wakefield 27|
|MARBLEHEAD 21||Swampscott 7||WAKEFIELD 39||Watertown 0|
|WAKEFIELD 3||Melrose 0|
|Head Coach:||Jim Rudloff (3rd Season 23-11 Career Record)||Mike Boyages (15th Season 111-45-3 Career Record)|
|Playoff History:||2009 Super Bowl Runner-up||1997 Super Bowl Runner-up|
|1999 Super Bowl Champion|
|2001 Super Bowl Runner-up|
|League:||CAL/NEC Tier 2||Middlesex League Small|
|Playing Surface:||Natural Grass||Natural Grass|