Watertown’s bid to get a home playoff game took a hit when their comeback fell short against Stoneham Friday night. The Raiders fell 27-23.
The Raiders started well on the road, with two first quarter touchdowns. The first was a 7 yard pass to Yoseph Hamad and the second to senior Johm Korte from the 30.
The Spartans grabbed 16-14 a halftime lead with a second quarter touchdown an a 2-point conversion.
The teams traded field goals in the third quarter, but Stoneham established a 10 point lead in the fourth quarter on a 9-yard touchdown run by Christos Argyropoulos, the running back’s third of the night. They again added a 2-point conversion.
The closest Watertown could get was within four points. Runningback Matt Muldrew scored on a 20 yard run in the fourth quarter, but the extra point was missed.
The Raiders are now 3-3, 1-3 in the Middlesex League. According to the Boston Globe Power Ratings, Watertown is sixth ranked in Div. 5 North, which would get them into the MIAA North Section Tournament but would not secure a first round home game. The Raiders appear safe to clinch a berth with one game left Friday at Wakefield, and the teams outside the top 8 having one or fewer victories.