SUDBURY — The few Wayland fans in attendance made their presence felt, tailgating before the game and rushing the field afterward to celebrate Wayland’s 10-6 victory over Lincoln-Sudbury on Friday night.
As everyone slowly left the field, Lincoln-Sudbury running back Dario Morando sat near the 50-yard line hanging his head as his team suffered its first loss of the season.
“Both defenses were playing great,” said Wayland coach Scott Parseghian, whose team is now 4-2. “I’m just real excited; great win for our program. It’s going to catapult us to where we want to go from here.”
Despite being held scoreless for three quarters, Lincoln-Sudbury had a chance to win the game on its final drive.
After stopping Wayland and forcing a three and out, Lincoln-Sudbury started on Wayland’s 45-yard line with about 2½ minutes to play. After a short run and a short completion, Lincoln-Sudbury still needed a few yards to move the chains. On third down, Henry Guild completed a pass to Matt Richman. Short of the first down, Richman attempted to lateral the ball but the pitch was fumbled and recovered by Wayland to secure the victory.
“It shouldn’t have come down to the last play,” said Lincoln-Sudbury coach Tom Lopez. “We didn’t make plays. Have to give Wayland credit, their defense outplayed us.”
Trailing 3-0 to start the third quarter, Lincoln-Sudbury came out flat and immediately punted. Wayland then controlled the clock for the majority of the quarter, capping an 11-play, 50-yard drive with a 6-yard touchdown pass from Matt Goddard to Mark Bonner.
Lincoln-Sudbury responded with a decent drive themselves but running back Chris Giorgio was stuffed at the goal line on fourth down. Wayland struggled to move the ball away from its end zone and ended up punting the ball right back to Lincoln-Sudbury.
With 3:35 left in the fourth quarter, Guild connected with Marquis Simmons for a 19-yard touchdown that finally put Lincoln-Sudbury on the board.
“I thought we played hard, I don’t think we played smart,” Lopez said. “Don’t take anything away from Wayland, they played well.”
With 20 returning seniors this season, Wayland is dedicated and poised to continue its success.
“We feel great about this year,” said Parseghian. “They’ve done everything we’ve asked from the day the season ended last Thanksgiving. We don’t want our season to end on Thanksgiving this year.”
Lincoln-Sudbury is back in action next weekend against winless Boston Latin while Wayland hosts Westford.