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Marino’s the Man for ’Cats

October 6, 2018

Wilmington High School's Jordan Olatilu holds the football after a play in Friday night's Middlesex League game against Watertown High, in Wilmington. The Wildcats came away with a convincing 33-7 victory. SUN/Julia Malakie Sun staff photos can be ordered by visiting our SmugMug site.

WILMINGTON -- Senior captain Peter Marino scored three touchdowns and rushed for 249 yards to lead the Wilmington High football team to a dominant 33-7 win over Watertown in a Middlesex League Freedom Division game played at Alumni Field on Friday night.

Marino entered the game with 310 yards and two touchdowns in four games and on Friday night he scored on runs from 3, 62 and 9 yards out as part of Wilmington’s 443 total yards of offense.

“We came off the road from a tough loss to Melrose last week so this was a great win to bounce back, 33-7, and give up no points against us on defense,” said Marino. “Our offensive line played great and without them I wouldn’t have been able to get those long runs.”

The Wildcats (3-2) played a sloppy first half and were up 14-7 at halftime before breaking it wide open in the second half, mostly by Marino, who rushed for 179 of his yards. He had right rushes of 10 yards or more, including long ones of 44 and 62 yards.

“I just have to credit the entire offensive line, every single one of them played great. Without those guys creating the holes, I wouldn’t have done anything,” said Marino.

Senior quarterback Andrew Sullivan tossed a pair of TD passes to Stephen Anthony and Connor Benoit for the other two scores.

Defensively, the ’Cats gave up just 82 total yards of offense. Kyle Kenyon and Dean Nally each had three sacks and Jared Venezia had one. Kenyon, Jordan Olatilu and Reid Cote had fumble recoveries.

“We were definitely the better team,” said head coach Craig Turner. “We made some mistakes on special teams giving them a chance to hang in there. We didn’t play our best in the first half but we felt very comfortable that we could wear them down in the second half and run the ball. Peter had some big runs in the second half.”

Wilmington will travel to Burlington next Friday night.

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