Football outplays, upsets Braintree, 16-12

The Newtonite

by Jacob Schwartz

Football, 4-5, squeezed by Braintree in a major upset Saturday, 16-12. The win kept alive the Tigers’ hopes of achieving a winning season.

Coach Peter Capodilupo said the team’s defense led to the win. “Braintree has an offense like no other, and it was hard to duplicate in practice.”

“But, our defensive backs wreaked havoc on their offense,” he said.

The Tigers were down 12-10 when senior Orion Wagner stayed with his blockers, returning a punt for a touchdown. The score ended up making the difference for the Tigers, who kept a four-point lead until the end.

Late in the game, Braintree tried to pull ahead of the Tigers, pushing deep into their territory. However, the Tigers brought their final attempt at victory to an end, when an attempted touchdown pass by Braintree ended up in the hands of junior Andrew Kinsella.

 If Braintree’s kicker had been able to make either of his team’s extra points, the Wamps might have been able to score a field goal later on, in order to tie it up, when they were within range. However, neither extra point attempts were good, and this contributed to Braintree’s loss.