Wilmington Football Falters
WINCHESTER -- The banged-up Wilmington High School football team dropped its fifth game in a row on Friday night as Winchester took a commanding first half lead before going on cruise control in the second half for the 34-18 victory in a non-qualifying round matchup at Knowlton Stadium.
The Wildcats (3-7) were without nine players, including two of the team’s captains, Kyle Kenyon and Connor Benoit, as well as junior Bailey Smith, a talented linebacker.
“I’m proud of them,” said Wildcats head coach Craig Turner. “They played tough until the end. I think we played six or seven freshmen tonight, so we played a lot of young kids. They hung in there. That’s a good team. They were the No. 4 seed in Division 3 North.”
Winchester stormed out to a 21-6 lead after the first quarter and a 34-6 lead at the break. Senior Peter Marino, who finished the game with 149 rushing yards, scored on an 89-yard run.
Marino added his second TD in the fourth before Kyle Vallee ran one in from 16 yards out on the final play.
Wilmington will end the season with a home Thanksgiving game vs. Tewksbury.