Warrior’s Break in Lynn English


Stephen Marino, Editor

    A brisk Friday night, the Warriors kicked off to Lynn English in their first home game of the season and the first on the new Landrigan Field.

    The announcement came out nearly a year ago that Wakefield was to see vast improvements to its athletic facilities over the next year. The spring sports would have to give up their home games for the season for a brighter future in Wakefield athletics history. Amongst the improvements were to be a new basketball court in the field house, a new turf field and track in place of the dust bowl that was the Beasly Oval, new tennis courts, and the gem in the crown, a new Landrigan. Construction began around late April. The school year started and some were worried, the oval, tennis courts, and field house were complete, but Landrigan was yet to be finished. The race against time was on so the Warriors Football team could have at least a few home games. September 20th was the date for which the Warriors’ first home game was scheduled. Many speculated that there was no way the fields would be finished and the Warriors would also have to give up their home Football games as well, but giving up isn’t the Warrior way. In a mad dash to the finish, the turf, stands, and scoreboard were finished. So chaotic was the process, that the electricity to the field was tested for the first time the day of the game. Though some of the paving and work on the concession stands were quite finished, the fields, bleachers, and Warriors with their loyal fans were ready to roll.

    Kick off was at seven o’clock sharp after the Star Spangled Banner was played. Lynn returned the kick to about the twenty yard line on what would be an impotent drive. The warriors returned the second kick to the thirty yard line, but in spite a carry by Mike Miller and a first down, the Warriors’ Anthony Cessory was forced to kick the ball again. On the next drive on a hand off to Brandon Panarese a thirty eight yard touchdown was scored by the Warriors to open the scoring. After the Warriors came up with a big stop against Lynn English on the Lynn English forty-eight yard line, and got the ball back. After the kick was down with no return at the eighteen yard line, Luke Martin received a pass from Miller and took it eighty-two yards for another touchdown, Warriors Fourteen, Lynn English zero. On the drive that followed John Panzini recovered a fumble for the Warriors at the Lynn English thirty-three yard line. Mike Miller connected on a twenty-four yard pass to Brandon “B-Pan” Panarese for a touchdown and the extra point was good as the Warriors further ran up the score twenty-one to zero. Lynn English had a thirty-two yard punt return to the Lynn English forty-seven yard line ending the first quarter. Brian Dickey picked off Lynn English to open the second quarter. The Warriors faked a punt and passed to Chris Callanan but came up just inches shy of a first down and Lynn English took over on their  own 41 yard line. Several unproductive drives between the teams passed and the Warriors found themselves penalized on a kickoff, backs against the wall at their own nine yard line. A Twenty yard pass to B-Pan was completed bringing the Warriors forward. B-Pan then broke four or five tackles carrying the Warriors to the Lynn English forty-yard line. Panarese wasn’t done yet though as he carried the ball further to the Lynn English twenty-seven yard line.The Warriors marched as far as the Lynn English nine yard line before a pick was thrown at the Lynn English ten yard line. The Warriors got it back a few plays later on another Lynn English turnover in the form of an interception at the Lynn English twenty yard line. The Warriors proceeded to kick a field goal with one second left in the half making it twenty-four to zero.

    At half time the WHS Dance Team and Band performed. Though the experience isn’t quite like the Orange Bowl last year, the Dance team girls love to perform in front of their hometown crowd. Next came the back to back division champion Warrior Marching Band who performed an excerpt from their Dave Matthews Band theme for the year. Both performances were excellent. Just before half time ended, the famous Red Sea was up to its regular antics as it performed everyone’s favorite Roller Coaster.

    The Warriors received the kickoff to open the half, but went four and out sending a shallow punt to the forty-nine yard line.Miller Swatted a pass to prevent the first down on leading to a third and seventeen scenario for Lynn English. Nick Maio and Jack Brown double teamed the receiver of a seven yard screen pass setting up a fourth and ten for Lynn English. After an offsides penalty on Wakefield, Lynn English connected on a pass for a first down. Lynn English finally ended the long drive and got on the board several downs later running it into the end zone and then putting up a two point conversion making it twenty-four to eight Warriors.The Warriors were fruitless on their next drive, but a clutch punt by Cessory and a penalty for holding put Lynn English on the one-half inch line, and the Warriors would then receive a safety for two points and possession of the ball, twenty-six to eight. After receiving their kick to open the fourth quarter, the B-Pan would go on to score the final touchdown of the game making it thirty-three to eight Warriors. Jack Brown would have two interceptions and Nick Maio would swap in for Miller at QB to end the game, and the Warriors would start the history of the new Landrigan field with a big win over Lynn English.