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Wakefield a spoiler

Lexington can’t get coach a win

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By Ryan Mooney
Globe Correspondent / September 11, 2011

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WOBURN - George Peterson’s first game as football coach at Lexington did not go as he had hoped.

The successor to the legendary Bill Tighe watched his defense get shredded by Wakefield quarterback James Bourque yesterday as the Warriors held on for a 20-14 victory at Connolly Memorial Stadium.

Lexington mounted a furious comeback in the fourth quarter, driving into the red zone from its 29-yard line, but time expired as Connor Murray forced a pass into traffic that was knocked down in the end zone.

“The kids played hard,’’ Peterson said. “We can take a loss like that and build off of it. When we give it that kind of effort, we feel good about ourselves.’’

All of Wakefield’s touchdowns came in the second quarter. Down, 7-0, after a Nick Murray TD in the first, Bourque connected with Dan Cardillo for a 9-yard score to bring the Warriors within 1.

Lexington was forced to punt on the next series, and it took just three plays for Wakefield to get on the board. After Cardillo took a screen pass 34 yards, Bourque hit Matt McKenna for a 27-yard gain. Zach Bates rushed in from 4 yards and the 2-point conversion put Wakefield up, 14-7. Cardillo scored on a 5-yard pass from Bourque to make it 20-7.

Bourque finished the day 17 of 26 passing with 236 yards and two touchdowns.

Wakefield was unable to mount any serious attack early in the game, as Lexington linebackers were finding their way into the backfield.

“They were bringing more than we really had up on the front line,’’ said Wakefield coach Mike Boyages. “So we tried to spread them out, tried to get our athletes on the outside, and if they were coming from certain areas, we would try to hit the hot route in that particular area.’’

Lexington began to gain momentum early in the fourth, only to turn the ball over near midfield on a fumble.

Wakefield kept the ball mostly on the ground, letting Cardillo eat up the clock. He finished with 31 yards on 10 carries.

“He’s kind of a veteran guy, he was only a sophomore last year,’’ Boyages said. “Very good athlete. He’s going to get better and better every game, I’m happy with the way he played.’’

Lexington took over at its 28 with four minutes left and drove down the field on the strength of runs by Murray and a 13-yard completion to Rhett Adley.

With just more than two minutes remaining, Murray found Samir Pathan to cut the deficit to 6.

The ensuing onside kick was recovered by Wakefield, but the Minutemen forced a three-and-out and got the ball back with 52 seconds left.

With no timeouts, Lexington was unable to complete the comeback.