READING, Mass. -- The Wayland offensive line opened up fault lines tonight against a Westwood defense, which never got a chance to get off of their heels, as they were constantly back pedaling en route to a 36-14 romp. Wayland will play Sharon in the Division 3 Super Bowl Saturday.
“Our plan was to take out their speedy quarterback-receiver conbo,” Wayland head coach Scott Parseghian said. “I think we did a great job of shutting them down.”
Westwood showed a couple of sparks that may have spread into a flame, but they were unable to sustain a scoring streak that would have combated the early 13-0 lead the Warriors held. The Wolverines' Daniel Roache scored a touchdown in the second quarter with 6:06 left to make the game 13-7. Wayland’s Robert Williams thought it best to keep the score margin wider than one touchdown, so he ran 63 yards twenty seconds later to make the game 19-7.
In the third quarter, Westwood would again show some life and score with 6:30 seconds left. Unfortunately for the Wolverines, the Warriors went on to score four minutes later, a Williams run, again, and a 36-yard field goal from MacLean in the final ticks of the game.
“We were able to dominate right from the get-go,” said senior captain Kevin Kelly. He also attributed his team’s ability to dominate to the offseason workout regiment.
Wayland’s first series began with a four-and-out, but the punt by Eric MacLean, which rolled past the 20-yard line, was mishandled by the returner and Robert Jones was able to recover the ball for the Warriors deep in Westwood territory.
Williams, who would go on to score four touchdowns during the evening, took his first in, a 17-yard scamper with 6:58 left in the first quarter. A failed kick and a Westwood three and out gave Wayland the ball back and Williams another chance to punch it in, and punch it in he did. After taking carries of 11 and seven yards, he bounded into the end zone from three yards out making the score 12-0. The extra point from MacLean made the game 13-0.
“I contribute my scoring today completely to the line,” Williams said. “They are the ones who get the gaps to open up, allow me to read the linebackers and the safety’s movements. It feels amazing to get this win. I’ve been waiting for it a long, long time. As a team, we’ve been waiting long but working hard to get it.
Wayland 13 6 14 3 – 36
Westwood 0 7 7 0 – 14
Way – Robert Williams 17 run (kick failed) 6-0
Way – Robert Williams 3 run (Eric MacLean kick) 13-0
Wes – Daniel Roach 16 run (Geoffrey Cote kick) 13-7
Way – Robert Williams 63 run (botched kick, rush failed)19-7
Way – Robert “Robey” Williams 35 pass from Matt Goddard (MacLean kick) 26-7
Wes – Robert Berluti 6 pass from Alex Berluti (Cote kick) 26-14
Way – Robert Williams 44 run (MacLean kick) 33-14
Way – MacLean 36 FG 36-14