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Melrose running back Mike DiRaffaele notched his first two scores of Friday’s game against Watertown the hard way — bursting through holes at the line of scrimmage, shaking tacklers, and cutting for the outside edge before racing down the sideline.
Yet his most important contribution came on the other side of the ball late in the fourth quarter. With his Red Raiders holding a 20-13 lead and Watertown driving, the senior — lined up at linebacker — returned a Nick Giordano interception 45 yards for a TD. DiRaffaele’s interception — one of four for Melrose — broke open the game late as the Red Raiders upended Watertown, 33-13.