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Weston captains Aidan McGinty and Bryce McCanne meet the Warrior captains at the 50 for the pre-game coin toss. Wildcats came ready to battle for the Turkey Trophy, but the Warriors had a strong victory with a 49-14 win. PHOTO/ Dr. McCanne

By Alex Chaoul

The annual Thanksgiving clash between Weston and Wayland left the Wildcats in the Warriors’ dust as Wayland took the 49-14 victory on their home field.

Tremendous enthusiasm was palpable on the field and in the stands on the 150th meeting of the rivals. But the Warriors came out strong in the first half and broke at halftime with an insurmountable 42-0 lead.

“They were just bigger than us,” quarterback Alex Chiocca said. “They had more depth and more players. We struggled.”

Linebacker Patrick Noonan said Wayland had a strong running game.

“The defense couldn’t stop their running backs and everything went wrong,” Noonan said.

When the Wildcats face Wayland they expect a tough game.

“I don’t even know why we are rivals, but it’s important to me because we are underdogs every single year,” nose tackle Stephan Etienne said. “Even though we don’t win all the time, it’s just good to try to get at them.”  

Running back Michael Sacco acknowledged the importance of this game as, “one of the oldest rivalries in New England.”

Many players spoke of the seriousness of this historical match-up.

“I think it’s become such a great tradition because usually previous alumni… come back for the game regardless if it’s in Weston or Wayland, and families come to watch their grandchildren or nephews play in the game. It’s a big family event as well,” wide receiver Andrew Black said.

The Wildcats trust each other on playing their hearts out even though Wayland is known for their strength and size as a team.

“We have to grow that family aspect, build that communication with the team, and also just lift and get stronger,” Etienne said. “We’re not the biggest school ever, so being in the weightroom really counts.”

Black, like many players on the young roster, is already looking forward to next season.

“I hope I can play the best game that I can, but you also want the seniors and the entire team to play as a whole, because if I play individually and the rest of the team doesn’t play, we’re not gonna win, but if we all play together we can win,” Black said.

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