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Wakefield 7, Marblehead 6

Wakefield goes the distance

Bourque hangs tough to lead winning drive

By Dan Hickling
Globe Correspondent / November 30, 2011
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LYNN - For fourth-quarter comeback drives, Wakefield’s Jamie Bourque proved to be Tom Brady’s equal.

At least for one game.

Bourque shrugged off game-long struggles and drove the Warriors to a score in the last two minutes to produce a 7-6 win over Marblehead last night in an Eastern Mass playoff matchup at Manning Field, and a berth the Division 2A Super Bowl.

Josh Puccio’s 1-yard run for a touchdown with 1:52 remaining and Brian Auld’s extra point earned the Warriors their first Super Bowl appearance since 2001.

The Warriors will face Dennis-Yarmouth Saturday in the Super Bowl.“It feels very good,’’ said Bourque, the senior who directed the decisive 10-play, 78-yard march. “It was a total team effort. We came back in the second half and played like we should.’’

Senior lineman Corey Magee agreed.

“It takes a lot of heart,’’ he said. “The boys really put it together. From the defense, to the coaches, to the offense.’’

At first, things looked bleak for Wakefield.

Taking the opening kickoff, Marblehead (8-3) stormed downfield on a five-play, 71-yard drive that was capped by Will Quigley’s 4-yard run.

On the drive, Quigley (87 yards, 20 carries) rushed four times for 42 yards, and quarterback Ian Maag had a 29-yard run that set up Marblehead at the Warrior 25.

Quigley took it from there, rushing for 24 yards on the next play and then sweeping off right tackle for the score.

The extra-point kick by Christian Flores went awry.

The Warriors (10-2) threatened early in the second quarter, when Bourque drove them to the Magicians 31. However, the drive ended when Bourque was intercepted by Zac Cuzner.

Marblehead squandered a golden scoring chance late in the half, after another interception of Bourque (by John Perry) gave the Magicians the ball at the Wakefield 17. But Flores missed a 34-yard field goal attempt wide left.

Early in the fourth quarter, the Magicians again drove deep into Wakefield territory, only to have the Warriors’ Dan Cardillo intercept Maag’s pass in the end zone.

“The defense was really the key,’’ said Warriors coach Mike Boyages. “The offense did what it had to, when it had to.’’

Wakefield’s winning drive began with 5:15 to play and the ball on its 22.

Bourque kept the chains moving with two third-down completions, both to Matt McKenna.

The two hooked up again on second and 8 for a 35-yard completion to the 1, setting up Puccio’s score one play later.

Auld drilled the PAT between the uprights.

“When it went up,’’ said Bourque, “I thought, ‘I don’t know if it’s going to hit the crossbar or not.’ I had faith in him.’’

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