Monday, November 6, 2006
The bleachers were chock full of spectators at 6:30 p.m., one half hour before Friday's Dual County League showdown between host Wayland and perennial power Acton-Boxboro.
What the 3,000 on hand witnessed in chilly conditions over the next few hours made program history.
Unbeaten Wayland (9-0) rode a 226-yard, two-touchdown performance from senior Tony Torres to a stunning 45-6 victory over A-B, the program's first win over the Colonials in 14 years, securing its first playoff berth since 1975.
"Just an amazing all-around performance," said Wayland coach Scott Parseghian, a Warrior alum now in his sixth season running the program. The Warriors will play the Merrimack Valley Conference champ on Tuesday, Nov. 28 in a Division 1A playoff game.
Here's a wrapup of our other four games to watch this past weekend:
Needham at Weymouth: Rockets' bid for Bay State Conference's Carey Division lead derailed in Weymouth, where Michael Waithe scored three touchdowns to power the hosts to a 21-6 win.
Westwood at Medfield: Tri-Valley League-leading Warriors stay on course behind another stellar defensive effort and productive nights from backs Mike Lane and Alex Lines. Medfield can clinch TVL, and a Division 3 playoff spot, with a win over Medway on Friday night.
Leominster at Milford: One week after capturing the CMass. Division 1A crown against Gardner, the Scarlet Hawks (8-1) stunned Division 1 leader Leominster, 30-28, on Tom Kane's last-second 19-yard field goal. Senior QB Bryant Johnson was immense, driving Milford 77 yards in the final 1:20 to set up Kane's kick.
Maynard at Oakmont: Tigers' CMass. Division 3 title hopes grounded in Ashburnham with a 35-6 loss.
-- Craig Larson