Watertown Girls Basketball Vanquishes Rivals, Garden Bound Once More

WOBURN – Facing a fired up rival and a raucous crowd, the Watertown girls basketball team battled back from a halftime deficit and defeated Belmont 46-41 to claim the Div. 2 North Section title and book a trip to the TD Garden for the second straight year. 

In the first half of the game played at Woburn High School, the Marauders’ (14-10) pressure defense had the Raiders (20-3) off their game and the teams headed to halftime with Belmont leading 26-21. Watertown Head Coach Patrick Ferdinand told his team to remember how they prepared for the game. “It was really about digging in and communicating defensively and being physical,” Ferdinand said. “(Belmont) did a good job early hitting stuff early on but I think we had to stay true to  what we were doing and stay in it.

Last Minute Field Goal Lifts Watertown Over Belmont on Thanksgiving

Watertown’s 24-22 win over Belmont wasn’t pretty, but a Thanksgiving Day win is always satisfying. 

The Raiders (7-4) let an 11 point second half lead slip away, and seemed like they were heading for defeat at their hands of their archrivals after Watertown failed to convert on fourth down and Belmont (4-7) began running out the clock. Watertown finally stopped the Marauders and got the ball back at its own 19 with 1:45 left in the fourth quarter. broadstreet.zone(17399);

Junior quarterback Deon Smith drove the Raiders to the Belmont 18. Along the way avoiding turnovers twice – first falling on his own fumble and then a Belmont defender dropped an interception in the end zone. On came Watertown kicker Conor Kennelly with 18 seconds left. He split the uprights and had plenty of length to spare.

Watertown Rolls Over Belmont in Snowy Thanksgiving Game

Watertown High School’s football players started the Thanksgiving feast early by rolling out to a quick lead over rival Belmont and never looking back. Watertown ran the ball all game, often ripping off five yards or more at a time, despite a snow-covered Harris Field in Belmont. The Raiders prevailed 34-13. “I really think the game was controlled up front at the line of scrimmage especially with the snowy conditions,” said Watertown Coach John Cacace. “Since the weekend when we got the forecast we knew it was going to be sloppy.