Bring it on! Watertown High preps for Belmont with one last win at Victory Field

Brennan Cook, Raider Times staff

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For those that ventured out into the cold to support the Raiders on Friday night, Nov. 9, 2018, it was a sight to see as running back Mange Camara put on a show, scoring three touchdowns as Watertown High School rolled over Newburyport, 25-22. Players fought through the cold and wet conditions, making for a slippery football, which would go in Watertown’s favor as Newburyport (5-5) fumbled in the last minute to give the Raiders (4-6) the win.

It was fun, but also a sad night for many seniors who played their last game at Victory Field. Senior captain Nick McDermott, who has been a leader for the team the past two years, said, “It was an amazing feeling playing in front of all your friends and the fans. It is something a lot of people don’t experience, but I am glad I go to because there is nothing like it.”

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Watertown High School senior Nick McDermott (5) played in his last football game at Victory Field, a 25-22 win by the Raiders over Newburyport on Nov. 9, 2018.

Players like him and senior middle linebacker Michael Manoukian, who does not get enough praise throughout the season as he fills gaps and stops running backs, are the ones that have led the young team.

“At first it’s nerve-racking, but once the game starts and I hear the fans, I have no fear,” Michael said. “I know I’ll miss football, not just the sport, but the team.”

Camara’s touchdowns were were from 75, 44, and 9 yards. Sophomore David Manoukian also scored a 15-yard touchdown in the second quarter. It was a hard-hitting matchup that was all about toughness, with great play-calling coming from the sidelines.

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Watertown High School senior Moody Dia (53) played in his last football game at Victory Field, a 25-22 win by the Raiders over Newburyport on Nov. 9, 2018.


As the seniors walked off of Victory Field one last time on a Friday night, many memories were cherished as they looked forward to Thanksgiving.

Senior Moody Dia kept it short: “It’s been a wonderful time playing throughout the years with all the success we have had together.”

All of the seniors will be missed as memories were made and more are to come as Watertown looks to knock off Belmont (4-6) on Thursday at 10 a.m. at Belmont High.

Raider Times photo / Elizabeth Allen
Watertown High School senior Mange Camara (21) scored three touchdowns in his last football game at Victory Field, a 25-22 win by the Raiders over Newburyport on Nov. 9, 2018.

Raider Times photo / Elizabeth Allen
Watertown High School senior Mange Camara (21) scored three touchdowns in his last football game at Victory Field, a 25-22 win by the Raiders over Newburyport on Nov. 9, 2018.

–Nov. 19, 2018–

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Brennan Cook, Raider Times staff

Brennan Cook is a member of the Raider Times staff.

Elizabeth Allen, Raider Times staff

Elizabeth Allen is a longtime member of the Raider Times staff. Beginning in September 2018, she is serving as Photography Editor.

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