Wilmington rolls to 35-14 win over Watertown – Lowell Sun

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Lead by a prolific aerial attack, Wilmington High rolled to a 35-14 win over Middlesex Freedom Division rival Watertown Friday night at Victory Field.

Senior quarterback Pedro Germano threw for 184 yards and three long touchdown passes, two from senior receiver Gavin Erickson, to power the Wildcats offense.

It was not quite as easy as the final score might indicate, as the Wildcats raced out to an early second quarter 21-0 lead, only to see Watertown close to within 21-14 at the half. But a nearly 10-minute drive to start the second half put the game out of reach for Wilmington, which improved to 3-2 on the season (2-0 in Middlesex Freedom).

The Wildcats got off to a fast start, when on their first play from scrimmage Germano hit a wide-open Erickson, who was streaking down the middle of the field for an 85-yard touchdown pass. The extra point failed, but Wilmington led 6-0 with 7:37 left in the first quarter.

It was more of the same on the Wildcats’ second possession. They needed six plays before Germano once again connected with Erickson, this time from 46 yards out for a 14-0 lead after Marcello Misuraca ran in the two-point conversion with 56 seconds left in the first quarter.

“We saw them playing man and they were pressing up,” Germano said. “And we had Gavin deep all day.”

Misuraca made it 21-0 on a 2-yard run up the middle with 9:36 left in the first half.

It looked at that point like Wilmington was well on its way to a blowout victory. But Watertown running back Mason Andrade had other ideas, scoring two touchdowns in the final four minutes of the half, one from 23 yards and another from 42 yards with 52 seconds left, to bring the Raiders within 21-14 at the break.

With Watertown seemingly holding all of the momentum, Wilmington turned to the ground game to open the -second half and did so to perfection, going on a 15-play, 67-yard drive capped by a 15-yard bootleg run by Germano with 2:29 left in the third quarter to make it 28-14.

Misuraca did most of the damage on the drive,  running for 37 yards, and catching one pass for seven more.

“We told the kids at halftime that we were going to run the football and come out with an attitude,” Wilmington coach Craig Turner said. “That was a big time attitude drive for our kids.”

The running game was clicking, but Germano wasn’t done with his passing heroics just yet, as on the first play of the fourth quarter, he connected with Mike Lawler for a 41-yard scoring strike to make it 35-14 after John Germano’s fourth extra point kick of the night.



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