Reading B’s beat Manchester, 36-0
The Reading B’s hit the road Sunday, bringing their 2-2 season record to Gill Stadium in Manchester to play the Eagles.
Reading’s Captains for the fifth game of the season were Ethan Haggerty, Carter Learned, Jackson Tucker, and Jack Dougherty. Readings’ defensive front of Max Leone, Ryan O’Malley, Nathan Strong, and Tucker stopped the Eagles on their first play with O’Malley recovering the fumble at the Eagles’ 38 yard line. Reading’s Dylan Sigsbury ran to the Eagles 10 yard line on first down and Dougherty ran it in for the touchdown from the five yard line. Reading was up 6-0 with seven minutes to go in first quarter.
Readings’ defense took the field and tackles by Tucker and Haggerty forced the Eagles to punt. Reading’s Dougherty returned the kick all the way to the Eagles 3 yard line and then Leone ran it in for the touchdown and Reading was up 12-0.
Reading’s defense made another big play with Learned intercepting a Manchester pass play at the 40 yard line and returned it for a touchdown which extended the lead to 18-0.
Readings defense kept the turnovers coming by forcing a fumble on the Eagles next drive and took over at the Eagles 42 yard line. Reading drove down the field with consecutive runs by Sigsbury followed by a touchdown run by Jackson to extend the lead to 24-0.
Readings defense stopped the Eagles on downs at the Eagle 18 yard line and Mark Tango ran to the Eagles 8 yard line before the Eagles forced a turnover. The first quarter ended with Reading up 24-0.
The Eagles hit a pass play to midfield but Readings defense led by Strong and Tesoro stopped the Eagles and Reading got the ball back at their own 45 yard line. Manchester slowed the Rockets and forced a punt but Reading immediately got the ball back when Vedant Narayan stepped in front of an Eagle receiver and made an interception. Sigsbury than hit Thomas Merkle and Haggerty on consecutive pass plays to the Eagles 25 yard line, followed by consecutive runs down to the Eagles 10 yard line. The Eagles than intercepted a Sigsbury pass, intended for Lindmark in the endzone, but Lindmark ran down the Eagle defender from behind, stripped the ball, and ran it in for a touchdown. The first half ended with Reading ahead 30-0.
Reading got the ball first to start the 2nd half and on the first play, O’Malley ran it 60 yards for a touchdown and extended the lead to 36-0. Reading’s defensive line led by Michael Ohlson, Daniel Lewis, Strong, and Tango slowed the Eagles run game and Sean Crowley broke up a pass play got the ball back for Reading at the end of the third quarter.
Reading ran the ball extensively in the fourth quarter with Ryan Bonacci, Crowley, and Leone leading the way.
Reading will attempt to start a winning streak next Sunday as they bring their 3-2 record against Methuen at home.