THE LYNNFIELD ADVOCATE – Friday, November 10, 2017
Division 5 North title on the line Friday night at home against Watertown By Joe Mitchell
he Lynnfield Football Pioneers (8-1, top seed) will be going for the Division 5 North title on Friday night at home against Watertown (5-4, sixth seed). The Raiders advanced to the championship game after upsetting Swampscott, the third seed, and Somerville, the second seed, in successive weeks, while the Pioneers defended the home field quite well with victories over Bedford and Newburyport. The winner of Friday’s game will then play the South Shore champion in a state semifinal game next weekend to determine who plays at Gillette Stadium on Super Saturday in December versus the winner of the state semifinal encounter between the Central and Western champs. But like all good coaches, Lynnfield’s Neal Weidman is certainly not looking
ahead beyond Friday night. Weidman’s club got to this point by dispatching Newburyport, a familiar foe, last Friday night in a sectional semifinal game, 26-7. The Pioneers didn’t waste any time to jump on Newburyport. It was a quick strike offense while Watertown tried to slow things down by controlling the time of possession. But the Lynnfield defense was able to stop them in their tracks most of the time. Quarterback Matt Mortellite was on target, completing 13 passes out of 20 attempts for 181 yards. Just one of those passes went for a touchdown, an eight-yard aerial to Nick Kinnon in the end zone to end the first half that put their teammates in front to stay, 13-7. Kinnon caught five other passes that extended drives. He even ran the second-half kickoff back 95 yards for six
more points to begin to add some cushion to the slim lead. Mortellite accounted for one touchdown with a threeyard run to pay dirt in the first quarter. Tyler Murphy closed out the offense in the fourth quarter from 10 yards out. T h e Ly n n f i e l d d e fe n s e stepped up when Newburyport threatened in the second half. Cooper Marengi picked off a pass, and then senior Jack Razzaboni was credited with his first career interception that led to Murphy’s score. Half of Mortellite’s completions went to Kinnon, but Peter Look also came up big with four receptions for 76 yards. The Division 5 North title is on the line Friday night, beginning at 7 p.m., and the Pioneers hope to be celebrating the victory over Watertown with their fans, as their Quarterback Matt Mortellite was on target against Newburyport playoff run to Gillette Stadi- in the sectional semifinal game last Friday, completing 13 um continues. passes out of 20 attempts for 181 yards. (Advocate file photo)
The Savings Bank sponsors First Time Homebuyer Seminar
Area residents (shown seated, left to right) Risa Ferrara and Robert Brown of Lynnfield, and Patrick Johnson of Watertown were among those who attended the seminar to hear advice from the panel of experts, which included (back row, left to right) mortgage lender Jeff D’Alessandro, Vice President and Senior Retail Lending Officer, The Savings Bank; Attorney Mark Simeola of the law firm of Simeola & Simeola; home inspector John Carroll of ABC Home Inspection; Realtor Chris M. Barrett of Christopher J. Barrett Realtors of Wakefield; and mortgage lender Mario G. Giamei, Jr., Sr. Mortgage Originator, The Savings Bank.
he Savings Bank recently sponsored a First Time Homebuyer ed presentations by representatives from The Savings Bank and Seminar at its Main Office in Wakefield for residents who are several local professionals who discussed their areas of expertise preparing for the purchase of their first home. The seminar includ- in the home-buying process.