Andrew Foote , who graduated in 2006, rushed for over 4,000 career yards and set a school record with 75 touchdowns. None, however, matched the performance of Nick Oswald . In a 56-28 win over Dracut, the 5-foot-7, 190-pound back rushed for a monstrous 402 yards and four touchdowns on 39 carries, as he surpassed the 1,000-yard mark.
“He’s built low to the ground and that’s an asset for him,” Rafferty said, in his 12th season as head coach. “He has great feet, and he can change direction abruptly. He has enough giddy-up that if he hits the opening, he can make the most out of it.”
As Rafferty praised Oswald’s performance, he quickly attributed the success to the Knights offensive line, under the direction of assistant Kevin Slattery .
With the unit of junior center Colin Couillard , flanked by senior guards Nate Hitchcock and Tom O’Mara , and sophomore tackle Yanni Falaras and junior tackle Justin Rice , Oswald was able to shred Dracut’s defense.
“We weren’t running just to one side it,” Rafferty said. “It was the left side and the right side, and those kids up front did a great job. They have a heck of a line coach. But it’s been a bit of a work in progress for [the line]. The only returning starter is Nate Hitchcock. But as a result, they’ve gotten better and better.”
Tribute to Thakkar
Wakefield High will wear the initials ‘BT’ on their helmets the rest of the season to honor 2001 graduate Bunty Thakkar , who died Sunday. A free safety/tailback on the 2000 Super Bowl championship squad, Thakkar returned as freshman coach for five seasons before becoming dance team assistant coach this fall.
“Throughout his life, Bunty faced a constant onslaught of critical health challenges,” said Wakefield coach Mike Boyages. “He met each and every one of these challenges head-on whiile never losing his positive outlook on life.”
Donations to help out the Thakkar family can be sent to the Warrior Club, with “Thakkar Family” on the memo line, to PO Boston 442, Wakefield, MA 01880. Also, donations are being accepted under the Donate section at www.wakefieldathletics.com. . . . Shawsheen defeated Whittier 37-12 Saturday to clinch the Commonwealth Large title. Senior running back Paul DePlacido rushed for 313 yards and five touchdowns. . . . Lowell Catholic (8-1) lost its first game of the season Saturday to Cathedral in a 24-16 battle. . . . Burlington beat Stoneham 48-28 Friday to clinch the Middlesex Freedom division.
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