The Braintree Wamps rolled into Wellesley on Saturday morning. The air on the field was damp and the natural grass was soaking wet and quickly getting muddy as the Wamps warmed up before their contest with Bay State rival Wellesley.
The faithful Braintree fans were showing up with hot coffee, winter coats and blankets. Barely a Wellesley fan could be seen as the stands on the home side were nearly empty, except for the band members, for the start of the game.
Braintree was able to stop the Wellesley offense on its first possession. After a kick return by JP Salisbury, Anthony Luisi, Braintree’s senior quarterback, took control of the game. The Wamps marched down the field ,getting three first downs straight on their opening possession. They kept the Raiders off balance and the Wamps finished the drive with a run by captain Connor Leslie to put them up 6-0 in the early going.
On the next Wellesley drive, the Wamps defense again caused them to sputter and the Luisi lead his gang back onto the field. Within minutes, it was sophomore Derek Anson catching a pass from Luisi and with a clear path to the end zone he put Braintree up 12-0. JP Salisbury kicked the extra point and now the Wamps were ahead 13-0 in the first quarter.
But that ended the scoring for the Wamps for the day. Someone must have set an alarm clock on the Wellesley side of the field. The Wamps pulled out all the stops but the Raiders defense had woken up. The Wamps defense played a solid 48 minutes only letting up two touchdowns to the Raiders. That is all the Raiders would need as they went on to beat the Wamps 14-13 on two extra points that barely stayed between the posts.
Next week the Wamps are back home against a very tough Framingham team. They will be looking for lots of fans to come out and support them, including Wamps alumni. This will be a special 4:30 start. Hope to see you all there.