Oquendo’s Big Night Powers Fitchburg High
FITCHBURG -- He might only be a freshman, but Anthony Oquendo certainly didn’t play like one on Friday night.
Playing in conditions that were far from ideal, with heavy rain failing throughout this one, Oquendo was up for the challenge.
The freshman put teams on notice for the next three years as he rushed for 300 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 22 carries to help lead the Fitchburg High football team to a 26-14 victory over the visiting Maynard Tigers at Fitchburg State University’s Elliot Field.
“When everybody executes, we have some backs that can go,” said Fitchburg High head coach Tom DiGeronimo. “Everyone up front did their job, because it takes everyone to get those plays to break.”
Oquendo wasted little time getting going in this one as he took a handoff on the Red Raiders’ first play of the game and raced 60 yards for a touchdown. The extra point was no good as Fitchburg held a 6-0 lead just 1:39 into the contest.
The Red Raiders extended their lead to 12-0 with four minutes left in the opening half when Luis Aldarondo scored the first of his two touchdowns, sprinting in from 17 yards out.
Maynard answered just before the half as Tommy Smith lofted a perfectly placed ball over the defenders’ hands into the arms of Thomas Hirsh who raced 39 yards for a touchdown. The two-point conversion attempt was no good as the hosts held a 12-6 halftime lead.
The Tigers cut the lead to just two points when Smith threw his second touchdown pass of the night, this time hooking up with Sean Primiano on a 40-yard scoring strike to make the score 14-12 with 3:15 left in the third quarter.
Fitchburg finished the night with two big-play touchdowns as Aldarondo sprinted in from 58 yards and Oquendo added a 64-yard touchdown run to ice it.
“When everybody executes, we have some backs that can go,” DiGeronimo said. “Everyone up front did their job because it takes everyone to get those plays to break.”
DiGeronimo was especially proud of the performance by his freshman running back.
“Anthony (Oquendo) played unbelievable,” DiGeronimo said. “He is a special back that can go at any time. He really played well tonight, and I am very proud of him.”