Reading B’s Knock off Unbeaten Billerica 19-6.
The Reading B’s (5-2) travelled to Shawsheen Valley Technical High School in Billerica on Sunday to face the Indians. Reading’s Captains for the final game of the regular season were Ethan Haggerty, Carter Learned, Jackson Tucker, Jack Dougherty, and Max Leone. Reading’s Brendan Lindmark kicked off the contest with a kick that was returned to the Billerica 38 yard line. Reading’s defensive line of Ryan O’Malley, Nathan Strong, Sean Crowley, and Tucker all contributed on tackles and forced Billerica to punt on fourth down.
Reading’s offense took the field and ran the ball effectively with Leone making multiple carries capped off with a big run to the Billerica 35 yard line. Readings’ Dougherty than took over the run game and on his second carry drove into the end zone from the twelve yard line for the touchdown. Dougherty also converted the extra point run and Reading took the lead 7-0.
Billerica started their next drive at their own 48 yard line and Reading, led by a big tackle by Sean Tesoro, again forced the Indians to punt on fourth down. As the second quarter started, so did Reading’s offense at their own 44 yard line. Doughtery took handoff and got room on the outside and raced in for the 50 yard touchdown. The extra point play was not successful, and score stood at Reading 13-0.
Billerica’s offense started at their own 36 yard line and moved the ball to their own 45 yard line before Reading’s defense came up with a big stop on 4th down and short yardage. Reading’s offense kept the ball on the ground again with runs by Dougherty to the Billerica 25 yard line; 12 yard line; and then into the end zone for Reading’s third touchdown of the game. The extra point play was not converted and the score was Reading 19-0. Billerica got the ball at their own 30 and moved through the air to the Reading 12 yard line before the second quarter ended with Reading taking the 19-0 lead into halftime.
Billerica attempted an on sides kick to start the second half, but Dylan Sigsbury pounced on it at the Reading 49 yard for good field position to start the second half. The Indians defense kept Reading’s running attach to no gain on four plays and got the ball back at the Reading 48 yard line. Billerica quickly moved the ball down the field with a run to the 30 yard line, followed by a pass reception to the 1 yard line. The Indians ran in for the touchdown on the next play. Reading’s defense broke throw the Billerica line and blocked the extra points kick attempt. The score stood at Reading 19-6. Reading got the Billerica kick at their own 32 yard line and moved it all the way to the Billerica 32 yard line as the third quarter ended.
The fourth quarter moved quickly as Billerica stopped Reading at the Billerica 38 yard line and then moved the ball to the Reading 40 yard line. Tucker got a big quarterback sack, followed by a defensive stand on fourth and short at the Reading 34 yard line, and Reading’s offense got the ball back. Tucker, along with some big pushes from the rest of the offense was able to convert multiple first downs and run the clock out to close out the victory.
Reading will open the first round of playoffs next week-end