The Winthrop High football team made sure its senior class would enjoy a fond farewell at Miller Field, taking control early against Triton and racing to a 40-14 victory over the visitors Friday night.
Winthrop’s twelve seniors were honored in pre-game ceremonies. Not long after that the Vikings were on their way to a 28-0 halftime lead.
Jordan Corbett-Frank earned Boston Herald “Star of the Week” Honors for 123 yards rushing, two touchdowns, and a two-point conversion. Corbett-Frank showed his speed on a 66-yard touchdown run.
Quarterback Dylan Driscoll rushed for a score and had a 21-yard touchdown pass to David Capone. Reese Turransky and David Gallo also scored touchdowns. Gallo and fellow senior Bo Diaz each had interceptions.
“It was a good way to end Senior Night at home,” said coach Sean Driscoll. “All of seniors had playing time and we were able to get everyone – freshman through seniors – into the game.”
Triton coach Patrick Sheehan said Winthrop outplayed his young team.
“Winthrop has a lot of seniors as we saw on Senior Night and they played faster, more physical and came off the ball better than us,” said Sheehan. “They deserved to win. Winthrop has some very good players. That Corbett-Frank kid is fast and their offensive line got after it tonight.”
Sheehan said he would consider playing Winthrop in a non-league game next season. Winthrop will return to the Northeastern Conference Small in 2013 and play five conference games, with the top two teams advancing to the playoffs following Week 6 of the season.
“We still have to figure out our non-league schedule,” said Sheehan. “Last year we had a really good game with Winthrop. I’ll talk to coach Driscoll and see what we can do.”
Driscoll is hoping his team will carry forth the momentum generated by its solid win over Triton. The Vikings are looking at an opportunity to play a spoiler role against Newburyport Friday night on the Clippers’ home field. The Clippers edged Winthrop in the championship game last year at Miller Field.
“This is a big game with Newburyport which we consider our league championship game,” said Driscoll. “We want to knock them off and make up for their upset of our team last year. It would be a big thing for our program. It’s a big game for a lot of reasons.”
Depending on how Revere fares against Masconomet Friday night in a showdown for first place in their league, Winthrop could be in a position on Thanksgiving of trying to deny Revere a winning record for the first time since 1981. Should Revere upset Masco and English beat Classical on Thanksgiving, Revere would be heading to the playoffs for the first time since the 1973 Super Bowl.