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Watertown's Comeback Bid Falls Short Against Belmont in the Thanksgiving Football Game

The Marauders came in and defeated the Raiders 19-14 on the opening day for the renovated Victory Field.

Belmont spoiled the opening game at the newly renovated Victory Field by coming in and defeating Watertown 19-14 in the annual Thanksgiving Day clash.

The loss extended the Raiders' losing streak to their archrivals to seven.

Down 12 points, Watertown High School's football team started a comeback with a Giovanni Ortiz kickoff return for a touchdown to bring Watertown back within five points.

The Raiders had a chance to score the go ahead touchdown early in the fourth quarter, but Belmont stopped Watertown when the Raiders had a first-and-goal.

On third down from the seven, the Marauders sacked Watertown quarterback Joey Farrar. The field goal attempt was no good.

Watertown had another chance to score. On a drive that started at their own 14, the Raiders drove to the 45 yard line. On third down, however, Farrar was intercepted by Tomo Shinoda.

The game started well for Watertown, as the Raiders took the opening kickoff, and drove for a touchdown, finishing with a pass from Farrar to Giovanni Ortiz. The drive took about 9 minutes off the clock.

Belmont evened the score with 8:03 left in the second quarter when tight end John Dillon caught a pass from Marauder quarterback Mike Richardson. The first half ended with the score tied 7-7.

The Marauders went ahead 13-7 when running back Alex Nikolaidis scored from a few yards out. Belmont missed the extra point.

Belmont struck again, this time on a 68-yard pass when Dillon caught a short pass along the sideline, shook a couple Raiders defenders and took the ball in for six. Again, Belmont missed the extra point, but led 19-7.

Ortiz's kickoff brought the Raiders within a touchdown with 2:57 left in the third quarter, but the stop inside the 10 would be Watertown's last chance. 

Even after the late interception, it appeared Watertown would have a last possession when they stopped the Marauders on third down at the Raiders' 30. A personal foul on the play — one of a handful against Watertown in the game — gave Belmont a first down and the Marauders ran out the clock.

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