Weymouth hangs on
WALPOLE - It wasn’t a play that sealed the victory for No. 20 Weymouth yesterday, it was an offside penalty that Wildcats quarterback Cam McLevedge induced with a hard count. After that, McLevedge took a knee to finish off a 20-14 victory over eighth-ranked Walpole.
“It’s something we work on,’’ said Weymouth coach Kevin Mackin. “When it comes to a play where the defense is desperate to penetrate, they may jump on a hard count, so we decided to try it and it worked.’’
Trailing, 20-0, Walpole made a game of it in the fourth quarter. After the Rebels capped a 12-play drive with Craig Hanley’s 1-yard touchdown plunge, Jerry Louis blocked a punt by McLevedge and Walpole took over at the Weymouth 32.
One play later, Rebels quarterback Tom Donnellan found a streaking Dave Thibault, who made a leaping grab over a defender to pull Walpole within 20-14 with 2:35 remaining. But the Rebels never regained possession.
“It’s tough to lose control of the game like that,’’ said Mackin. “But our kids did a great job washing it away and getting back to business.’’
Weymouth (9-2, 8-2) needed a victory to gain a share of the Bay State League Carey Division title, and the game couldn’t have gone better for the Wildcats through three quarters.
The Wildcats’ defense won the field-position battle and set up the offense with high-end opportunities.
Weymouth went ahead, 7-0, on McLevedge’s 3-yard pass to Shawn Whouley in the first quarter. Drew Wadman then sacked Donnellan on third down, and the Rebels were forced to punt from deep in their end. The Wildcats took over at the Walpole 29.
Four plays later, McLevedge struck for his second touchdown pass, to Khary Bailey-Smith for 25 yards.
Walpole (9-2, 8-2) was forced to punt from near its end zone again, and Weymouth started up at the Rebels’ 47. McLevedge then tossed his third touchdown pass, a 22-yard strike caught by Ozzy Colarusso.
McLevedge finished with 41 TD passes, one shy of state leader Jonathan DiBiaso of Everett.
“He did so much for us this year,’’ said Mackin.
Weymouth, however, will not play in the postseason, losing out to Carey co-winner Needham.