The Raiders handed Middlesex League foe Wakefield its second loss of the season with an overtime victory. The win helped Watertown’s chances of qualifying for the State playoffs.
Also this week, the Watertown High School golf team played in the North Section tournament.
A pair of brothers led Watertown’s offense in the 22-20 overtime win at Wakefield on Friday night.
Payton and Mason Andrade accounted for the Raiders’ three touchdowns. Mason, a senior, scored on a 14-yard run in the first quarter, and Payton, a junior, scored from a yard out to give Watertown a 14-0 halftime lead.
The Raiders came close to going up three scores in the third quarter, but the Warriors recovered a fumble by Mason on the 7-yard line.
Wakefield came back to tie the game with touchdowns in the third and fourth quarter. They missed the extra point on the first, but converted a two-point try in the fourth.
Watertown got the ball first in the extra period, said Head Coach John Cacace.
“Payton scored again. By rule, you must go for two in OT,” Cacace said. “(Quarterback) Johnny Cacace rolled to his right, had no open receivers and ran for the two-point conversion diving into the end zone.”
Wakefield responded with a touchdown of its own.
“On their two-point conversion attempt, their pass was batted away by Patrick Rourke and we were victorious,” Cacace said. “Great game.”
Watertown improved to 4-3, and Wakefield dropped to 4-2. After the victory, the Raiders were ranked 13th in the Boston Globe’s Div. 5 Power Rankings. The rankings are based on the formula used by the MIAA to seed teams in the playoffs. The top 16 in each division make the tournament. Watertown has one more game at Melrose on Friday at 7 p.m. before the playoffs begin on the weekend of Nov. 5 and 6.
Watertown’s golf team competed with the top golfers in the North Section at the Div. 3 tournament played at Renaissance Golf Club in Haverhill on Oct. 18.
As a team, the Raiders finished 11th with a score of 407. Watertown’s top golfer was James Erickson, who shot a 98 and finished tied for 34th. Connor Jones shot 100 and finished tied for 37th. Other Raiders who took part were Colin Campbell (103), Jack Jones (106), Jack Dickie (119), and Ramon Sara (137).