By Joe Mitchell
The Lynnfield High School football team (1-8) started its non-playoff portion of the schedule last Friday night, Oct. 26, against host Watertown, who was able to survive by the narrowest of margins, 7-2.
Coach Pat Lamusta’s first season, though on the surface has been a losing campaign, actually was more heartbreaking with a number of close losses than anything else. They lost four games by seven points or less.
The Pioneers have another chance to secure their second win of the year against host Wakefield Friday night, Nov. 2.
Watertown came into the Lynnfield game having lost six in a row. They too are a program that has enjoyed much success the last several years, but both them and the Lynnfield boys are going through the rebuilding process at the same time.
The Pioneers had the ball for the entire third quarter, but the Watertown defense was able to persevere to maintain the team’s slim lead.
The first quarter ended in a scoreless tie. But the Pioneers had a great chance to take the lead, when a 32-yard pass from quarterback Clayton Marengi to wide receiver Blake Peters put the ball on the Watertown 11. But Marengi then got sacked for a 10-yard loss, and the subsequent field goal try was no good.
Watertown was able to crack the scoreboard with a touchdown in the second quarter to take a 7-0 halftime lead.
The Lynnfield offense continued to move the ball in the third quarter, but the early drive was stalled by an interception. But that theft strangely resulted in two points for Lynnfield, when the Raider defender went backwards from the seven, and was tackled in the end zone for a safety. It was Lynnfield’s first points in two games.
Those specific plays epitomized Lynnfield’s frustrating season to date, but they have a chance to get over the hump win a win at Wakefield Friday night.