Winchester vs. Woburn Thanksgiving Football Game

The annual Thanksgiving football game between Winchester and Woburn was a thriller this year. Both teams put on a show for the packed crowd. Captains Liam Fitzpatrick, Matt Malloy, AJ Abbanat, Steven Osborne III, and Teddy Falkenberg led the Sachems in their last game of their senior year. The Sachems started off red hot. Quarterback Liam Fitzpatrick and running back Peter Gallagher each ran for touchdowns to put the Sachems up 14-0 by halftime. Winchester struck on the first possession of the game, stringing together a successful drive from their own 24 yard line. The drive got a breath of life when wide-out Evan Clarke caught a deep bomb from Fitzpatrick at the Tanner 19. Peter Gallagher ran it in for 6 on the next play with Evan Clarke booting in the extra point to put the Sachems up by 7. Midway through the second quarter, Fitzpatrick connected with Adam Derrouche for a 60 yard catch-and-run. A couple plays later, Fitzpatrick took it into the endzone on a quarterback keeper. The Sachems’ success didn’t last for long, however, as Woburn batted back from a 14 point deficit to win the game 34-14 in commanding fashion. The annual Thanksgiving Day game marks the end of an ultimately successful season for the program. The Sachems finished the season with an overall record of 3-8, and 2-3 in divisional play. The Sachems even played well enough to make it to the first round of the playoffs. This year’s Sachems team was led by an overwhelming hardworking and dedicated group of seniors, coach Wally Dembowski expressed in a postgame interview. The team will lose much of its depth next season with the seniors moving on to college, so it is up to the underclassmen to step up and put in the same hard work the seniors did to make this season such a success. The future of the program in now in their hands.