Reading B’s Beat Lawrence in Final Minute, 19-12
The Reading B’s (4-2) travelled to Veterans Memorial Stadium in Lawrence on Sunday to face the Hurricanes. Reading’s Captains for the seventh game of the season were Ethan Haggerty, Carter Learned, Jackson Tucker, and Jack Dougherty. Reading’s Brendan Lindmark kicked off the contest with a kick that was returned to the Lawrence 40 yard line. After Reading’s Thomas Merkle made a strong tackle at the Reading 49 yard line, Lawrence continued to run the ball effectively down the field and eventually ran it in for a touchdown. Lawrence did not convert the extra point play, so score was 6-0 with six minutes left in the first quarter.
Merkle returned the Lawrence kick to the Reading 40 yard line and Reading’s offense came on field for first possession. After a first down run by quarterback Dylan Sigsbury, Dougherty took the hand off and weaved across and down the field for a 50 yard touchdown run. And with 4 minutes left in first quarter, the score was tied 6-6.
Lawrence started their next drive at their own 13 yard line and tackles by Learned and Sean Tesoro slowed down the Hurricanes, but they still moved the football close to midfield as the first quarter ended. Readings defense bent but did not break and got the ball back on downs at their own 42 yard line. Reading’s offense than struck quickly when Max Leone got free on a run to the outside before cutting back inside for a 48 yard touchdown run to give Reading the lead 12-6.
Reading effectively converted an on-sides kick with Leone coming up with the ball at the Lawrence 45 yard line. Reading than moved the ball effectively, with runs by Dougherty, to the Lawrence 15 yard line before turning over on downs. Lawrence than converted a long pass all the way for a touchdown. The score was tied 12-12 and the score remained the same until halftime.
Reading received the ball first in second half and started at own 40 yard line. After multiple runs by Tucker, Lawrence’s defense made a stop and got the ball back on downs at their own 19 yard line. Reading’s defense than responded, with tackles by Haggerty and Learned, and got the ball back on downs at Reading 42 yard line. Leone made a strong run to the Lawrence 40 yard line as the third quarter ended with the score still tied 12-12.
Reading moved the ball to the Lawrence 38 before being stopped. Reading’s defense did not give up any yardage as tackle by Merkle followed by a sack by Tucker on fourth down got the ball back for Reading at the Lawrence 25 yard line. After a turnover by Reading at Lawrence 25 yard line, Reading’s defense stopped Lawrence on fourth down at the Lawrence 35 yard line. As the final minutes of the fourth quarter ticked away, Dougherty got free for a run to the Lawrence 22 yard line for a first down. A few plays later, Dougherty punched it in for a touchdown from the three-yard line in which the whole Reading offense helped push him across the goal line. Tucker than converted the extra point run and Reading was up 19-12 with 36 seconds left.
Lawrence took over on offense at their own 46 yard line and moved to the ball to the Reading 35 yard line before a Reading pass interception closed out the 19-12 victory.
Reading’s next opponent will be Billerica next Sunday.