Photo: Junior WR Brian Logan scores Belmont High’s lone touchdown in a 28-6 loss to host Woburn on Friday, Oct. 28.
Belmont High Football needed a win and a little – really a lot – of help to move up four spots in the MIAA Division 2 power rankings to reach a playoff spot as they came on the field at Woburn under the Friday Night Lights as they took on the host Tanners.
When they left the field, they got neither.
Five Woburn interceptions – three in their end zone – and an inability to take advantage of a rare size and height advantage saw the Marauders drop to 4-4 for the regular season after losing 28-6 in Woo-town, missing the playoffs since their last visit to the post-season in 2019.
Belmont will be relegated to playing up to three games against other non-playoff D2 teams before meeting Watertown for the centennial of their Thanksgiving game played this year at Fenway Park on Wednesday, Nov. 23.
Belmont took the game to the Tanners in the first half, producing two time-consuming drives in each quarter as junior RB Adrien Gurung and junior QB Jaylan Arno took off for first down, producing runs and the tall receiving corp of seniors Ben Williams and Chris Cogliano and junior Brian Logan kept the Woburn D-backs occupied.
But each drive would end with an interception of Arno, the first taken away in the end zone by Woburn’s Marc Cutone, the first of three for the night by the junior defensive back and wide receiver. The Tanners would make Belmont pay dearly as they scored touchdowns on each quarter’s turnover. Belmont came close to putting points on the scoreboard at the end of the half, only to see a long pass intercepted in the end zone with no time on the clock.
Woburn effectively put the game to rest after scoring on a long pass midway in the third quarter, while Belmont’s next drive ended with Cutone’s third takeaway. The Tanners would finish the third with a 60-yard run to push the score to 28-0.
Belmont’s few highlights happened in the fourth quarter as the defense stripped the ball for a fumble and scored as Logan took a slant pass from Arno in the red zone for the TD with four minutes left.
Belmont will host neighbors Waltham on Saturday, Nov. 5 at 3 p.m.