Friday, November 23, 2012
Couldn't make Thursday's Turkey Bowl? Check out our video of the game, band performances and more.
Tewksbury may have won the game, but it was still another great Thanksgiving Day for Wilmington players and fans who played a part in the latest edition of an annual rivalry game that is getting close to one century old. The Redmen earned an 18-6 win on the day, but the Wildcats played well against a playoff bound foe. Check out our video coverage of the day, including the sights and sounds on and off the field.
Tewksbury continued its recent success against Wilmington with an 18-6 victory on Thursday morning.
Before they carved their Thanksgiving turkeys, members of the Tewksbury football sliced up rival Wilmington on the gridiron. The Redmen dominated play throughout on Thursday, giving the home crowd at Alumni Stadium very little to be thankful for as they watched the Redmen cruise to an 18-6 victory. “We made a couple mistakes that hurt us, but we kept fighting,” said Wilmington head coach Mike Barry. “But after the sting of this washes away, these guys should be able to hold their heads up high and know they gave it all they had.” The visitors cracked the scoreboard after a lengthy drive midway through the opening quarter, taking a 6-0 edge on a five-yard touchdown run from running back Eddie Matovu. After a Wildcat fumble provided …
Thursday, November 22, 2012
Visiting Tewksbury dominated play and came away with an 18-6 victory on Thursday. Check back Friday for complete coverage.
Visiting Tewksbury carved up host Wilmington on Thanksgiving Day, taking home the Turkey Bowl hardware. Though the underdog Wildcats played well defensively, they weren't able to put enough offense together. Wilmington fell, 18-6, in the annual game. Check back with Wilmington Patch on Friday for complete coverage including photos and video.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Tewksbury visits Alumni Stadium at 10 a.m. on Thursday in the annual tradition that is more than 80 years old.
For the most part, it’s been a season to forget for the Wilmington football team. But on Thanksgiving Day, all of that could change. Tewksbury visits Alumni Stadium at 10 a.m. on Thursday for the annual Turkey Day game between the bitter rivals that have been squaring off for more than 80 years. “Our record is not where we want it to be, but they’re trying to go out on a good note,” said Wilmington head coach Mike Barry, whose team struggled to a 2-8 record on the year. “Because of the struggles we’ve had, the game means a little bit more this year.” The Redmen, meanwhile, enter the game tuning up for a postseason appearance. Tewksbury managed a 6-4 overall record while polishing off a 5-0 mark in the Merrimack Valley League, taking the …
Thursday, November 1, 2012
The new playoffs system, which goes into effect next year, passed by a 161-131 margin on Friday.
There was plenty of excitement from the sports community as the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association passed a new high school football playoff system. Wilmington head coach Mike Barry, however, wasn’t sharing that enthusiasm. By a 161-131 vote, a new system that will declare six state champions was approved. The format will go into effect next season and will allow more teams to play in a bracket style format to reach the title tilt. Barry’s concern, however, is one shared by others. Because Tewksbury and Wilmington will be placed in Division 3 Northeast, it is possible the Wildcats and Redmen would play the Saturday before Thanksgiving in a postseason game, then again less than a week later in their Turkey Day contest. “I …
Saturday, September 8, 2012
The Spy Ponders capitalized on Wilmington mistakes to earn a 21-0 victory on Friday night.
Wilmington Running back Justin MacKinnon sprung free down the sideline at Alumni Stadium and darted into the end zone with 8:38 to play in the fourth quarter on Friday night, bringing the Wildcat deficit to just one score and jolting life into the stands for the first time all game. That excitement, however, didn’t last long thanks to the yellow flag that was tossed onto the field back near the line of scrimmage. Officials called back the score due to a holding penalty and the score remained at 14-0. Wilmington never sniffed the end zone again the rest of the way as Arlington added a late score and went on to a 21-0 victory. “I don’t know if the penalty springs the touchdown or not, but the bottom line is we go from a touchdown to 2nd and …
Friday, September 7, 2012
Wilmington plays Arlington of Friday at 7 p.m. under the lights of Alumni Stadium.
The Wilmington High School football team has been one of the must consistent teams in Eastern Massachusetts over the last 10 years. On Friday night, the Wildcats hope to continue that trend. Wilmington kicks off the 2012 campaign at 7 p.m. on Friday night, welcoming Arlington to Alumni Stadium under the lights. According to statistics in a recent edition of the Boston Globe, Wilmington’s 101-30 record since 2000 is good for the seventh most victories in the region during that time frame. “The bottom line is that our kids have a nice way about them, a spirit and a competitive attitude,” said head coach Mike Barry. “I think that’s what carries over from class to class. Being successful, you build on that and there’s an underlying confidence…
Thursday, November 24, 2011
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Tewksbury senior quarterback Kevin Saunders picked the perfect day to come up with the best performance of his career, rushing for two touchdowns and throwing for a third as the Redmen came from behind to beat Wilmington, 28-21 in a Thanksgiving Day thriller at Doucette Field Thursday morning. Saunders scored on runs of 56 and 40 yards, then found senior wide receiver Frankie McLaughlin wide open near the goal line on a 32-yard touchdown pass with 1:31 to play in the game, setting off a wild celebration on the Tewksbury sidelines. "It's unreal," Saunders said. "It was one one of those games you dream about. I never expected to score three touchdowns in my last home game as a senior. It was unreal." Tewksbury, which clinched the Merrimack …
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Wildcats travel to bitter rival Tewksbury Thursday at 10 a.m.
For a game that means nothing to the Wilmington High School football team, Thursday’s Thanksgiving Day game means everything. Continuing a tradition that dates back about 80 years, the Wildcats will battle bitter rival Tewksbury in the team’s final contest of the season. Wilmington enters the game at 6-3 overall, 4-1 in Middlesex League small school play. “It’s the playoffs, it’s the Super Bowl, it’s wining that Turkey Day trophy and getting to show it off in the case. That’s basically our Super Bowl trophy,” said senior quarterback Matt Ferreira. “It’s definitely a lot better day if we win the game.” Tewksbury is heading in the opposite direction as its border rival. The Redmen are postseason bound and looking to extend their season with …
Saturday, November 5, 2011
Football earns dominating win during final home game.
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 …