WILMINGTON— The Wilmington Wildcats C Team moved to 6-0 on the season with a 20-0 victory over the Waltham Devil Dogs this past Sunday on a rain soaked field at Glen Road.
The Wildcat defense recorded its fifth shutout in six games thanks to some excellent individual performances. Cornerback Michael Ducharme led the defensive efforts with three interceptions on the day to go along with two tackles.
Ducharme joins Joey Dumoulin and Peter Marino as the only Wildcat players to record at least one sack and one interception for the season. The rest of the Wilmington defensive backfield was stellar as Mikey Daley contributed two tackles as well as an extra point kick while safety Tim Rivers had a fourth interception for the Wildcat defense to go along with a rushing touchdown.
After tight end Andrew Brandenburg returned the opening kickoff to the 18 yard line, it took the Wildcats one play to put points on the board. John Kenney took the handoff up the left sideline for a quick score and a 6-0 lead less than 30 seconds into the game. For the day, Kenney had four carries for 53 yards and two touchdowns. For the season, Kenney leads the Wildcats with 644 yards rushing, 11 touchdowns and an astounding 11.3 yards per carry.
After a defensive stop, the Wildcat offense returned to the field and scored on a quick, three play drive. Fullback Kyle Penney (2 carries for 10 yards and 2 receptions for 17 yards) ran for five yards, followed by a five yard run from Kenney and a 30 yard touchdown run by Kenney on a reverse play orchestrated perfectly by quarterback Andrew Sullivan.
For the game, Sullivan completed three passes in four attempts for the Wildcats with Penney and slot receiver Justin Fraser on the receiving end of those passes. Wilmington led 12-0 while still in the first quarter.
The Wilmington defense took the field again and continued to stifle the Waltham offense. In addition to the defensive backs, the linebackers were solid all game. Mark Companeschi led the way with three tackles while Blake Hiltz, Braden Hiltz and Dumoulin each recorded 2.5 tackles.
On their third possession of the game, the Wildcats failed to score but the drive was highlighted by an 18 yard run from Marino. An interception by Ducharme gave the offense one last chance to score and Wilmington capitalized.
Once again, it was a three play drive highlighted by an eight yard run from Braden Hiltz a three yard run by Marino and quarterback Timmy Rivers running it in from 2 yards out. A great block by wide receiver Ryan “RB Smooth” Brewer provided enough room for Rivers to make it into the endzone untouched. The extra point kick was converted and Wilmington took a 20-0 lead into halftime.
The Wilmington defense took the field to start the second half and picked up where they left off. Defensive linemen Brandenburg (2.5 tackles), Kyle Kenyon (2 tackles, one tackle for loss), Brett Chisholm (1.5 tackles), and Frankie Irizarry (two tackles), Nolan Fitzgerald and Michael Smolinsky put pressure on the Waltham offense. Irizarry had a quarterback pressure forcing the Waltham quarterback to throw early which led to another interception by Ducharme.
The offense took the field and after completing three out of four passes, the offense rotated in new backs and linemen to have those players get some extra work.
Offensive linemen Tommy Strow, Pat McAndrew, Kyle Bolis and Colin Rooney did a great job opening up running lanes and protecting the quarterback. Mikey Daley and Ryan Brewer also played running back in the second half and combined for 16 yards on four carries.
The Wildcats finished the game with 119 yards rushing and 37 yards passing for 156 yards of total offense. The team had excellent field position for most of the game which brought the total offensive yardage numbers down a bit.
The Wildcats have rushed for an astounding 1,091 yards through six games to go along with 19 rushing touchdowns. Defensively, Wilmington has been just as strong outscoring opponents 140-6 through the first six games.
The Wilmington C team will be in action on Saturday night as they play a rare “under the lights” game at Burlington High School against the Burlington Patriots. Game time is at 6 p.m.