Burlington’s Doherty Runs Wild Against Wilmington
BURLINGTON -- An incredible rushing performance by Burlington High running back Jake Doherty spelled doom for the Wilmington football team Friday night, as the Wildcats suffered a 42-7 loss in a Middlesex League Freedom Division battle.
Doherty rushed for an incredible 346 yards and four touchdowns to lead Burlington to the win, scoring on touchdown runs of 53, 74, 55 and 56 yards.
Burlington also scored on touchdown passes of 70 and 67 yards as big plays proved to be the formula for success for the Red Devils.
Wilmington dropped to 3-3 overall (1-3 in the Middlesex Freedom), while Burlington improved to 6-1 overall and 3-1 in the Freedom.
Doherty began his big night on the first play from scrimmage, taking a handoff and breaking free for a 53-yard touchdown run and a 6-0 Burlington lead after the failed extra point attempt.
Wilmington would fight right back, however, needing just three plays to get on the board, when Kyle Kenyon took a screen pass from quarterback Andrew Sullivan and raced 76 yards for a touchdown.
Adam Bishop’s extra-point kick gave the Wildcats a 7-6 lead with 9:12 left in the first quarter.
That was as good as it would for Wilmington, however, with Burlington extending its lead to 20-7 before the end of the half on a 70-yard touchdown pass from Khyle Pena to Ryan O’Halloran and a 74-yard run by Doherty.
The score would remain the same through the third quarter, with Wilmington doing a good job of containing Doherty and the Red Devils.
But the fourth quarter was all Burlington as it scored on a 67-yard pass from Pena to Jake McCauley and touchdown runs of 55 and 57 yards by Doherty, his last score coming with 3:41 left.
Wilmington will play host to Stoneham High next Friday night.