Bright flashes of lightning lit up the sky over Natick as the Braintree Wamps and Natick Red Hawks finished warm ups before their game under the Friday night lights.
The Wamps were coming of a 32-0 romp in Dedham and the Red Hawks coming off a win against always powerful Weymouth. The Red Hawks, behind the quarterbacking of Troy Flutie, son of Darren and nephew of Doug, came into this game at 6-0. The Wamps record reflected there tough schedule opening there season against power houses like Walpole and Needham.
The game was delayed as the officials gave the lightning storms time to clear the area. The Braintree captains won the toss and elected to receive to open the game. Braintree went right back to work where they left off in Dedham, establishing the ground attack against Natick immediately.
Braintree had the much-touted Natick team on their heels as they backed them the entire length of the field. Braintree quarterback Anthony Luisi had the Natick defense guessing on almost everything single play as the Braintree running backs gained ground every time they got the ball. The drive ended with Braintree scoring quickly and drawing first blood. Thiago de Assis drilled the extra point point and with 7:53 left to play in the first quarter the Wamps were ahead 7-0.
Natick’s first drive ended with a punt back to Braintree. On the second drive, Braintree ended up punting the ball back to Natick. Braintree’s defense pried the ball loose from Natick’s running back during Natick’s second possession in what initially was ruled a fumble in the Wamps favor. Howeve, as luck would have it, this season the call was overturned by an official handing the ball back to Flutie. The Natick QB immediately capitalized on their good fortune and went right to Brian Dunlap who scored one of his three touchdowns.
The Wamps would pull ahead of the Red Hawks again off the foot of Thiago de Assis and the first quarter ended with the Wamps dominating & leading the undefeated Red Hawks 10-7.
The second & third quarters belonged to Flutie and the Red Hawks as they scored 14 unanswered points against the Wamps. The Wamps held the Red Hawks scoreless in the fourth quarter and pulled the game a little bit closer on a touchdown pass from Luisi to senior Mike Karpowicz. That ended the scoring for the evening. Natick holds on to its undefeated season with the 35-17 win over Braintree.