Watertown appeared to be grabbing momentum after pouncing on a fumble and driving for a score to pull within 13 points on Friday night. But John Parsons and his Wilmington teammates didn't feel like sharing the excitement of Senior Night with the visiting Raiders.
Parsons scooping the ensuing kickoff up at the 20-yard line and scampered 80 yards to the end zone to regain control for the Wildcats, who went on to a 47-14 victory thanks to a dominant effort in all three phases of the game.
The kick off return was on of the senior's four scores on the day as he also ran for two touchdowns and caught another, ending his time under the lights of Alumni Stadium in impressive fashion on a night he went over 1,000 yards for the season.
Fellow running back Ed DeLucia opened the scoring in the first quarter with a 19-yard tally just one play after senior Killian Smith made an athletic interception to give Wilmington the ball back. Smith also notched two sacks on the evening.
Matt Ferreira, a wide receiver until this season when he converted to quarterback, had his best game of the campaign. He tossed one touchdowns to Parsons and also added another to Sam Borseti on fourth down to help the locals to victory.
Wilmington next plays on Friday in Burlington before closing its season with a Thanksgiving Day game against rival Tewksbury.
Though head coach Mike Barry's charges have only a flicker of hope for a postseason berth, the team has shown it can play and play well in the Middlesex League.