Reading D Team Wins Opener
Reading, MA – The Reading Rockets D team won its home opener on Sunday, defeating the Wilmington Wildcats 18-8 with strong performances by both their offensive and defensive units.
After the Rockets’ defense stopped Wilmington on the opening drive, Reading scored first on a touchdown pass from quarterback Jack Dougherty to Andrew Jackvony.
Wilmington frequently went with a no huddle offense during the game, but the Rockets defense, behind Sean Crowley, Ryan Bonacci and Jack Jaynes, showed they were prepared for the up-tempo attack.
Reading struck again on the first play of the second quarter, a running touchdown by Brendan Lindmark to give the Rockets a 12-0 lead. The teams traded defensive stops as a heavy wall of rain swept in at halftime, pouring water on Reading’s final drive of the half.
With the rain stopped, the Wildcats came out strong in the second half, first stopping Reading and then marching deep into Reading territory. However, Sean Tesoro of the Rockets’ defense made a spectacular diving interception at the 5-yard line. A 95-yard rushing touchdown by Jackson Tucker on the ensuing play changed the course of the game. After three quarters, Reading led 18-0.
The Rockets defense continued to make key stops in the second half, with key tackles by Zachary Labriola, Vedant Narayan, and Reily Learned. Reading’s offense benefited from plays by Nathan Berry at quarterback and a run by Jeremiah Sanford.
Wilmington scored a touchdown in the fourth quarter after a Reading turnover, and with a successful kick, made it 18-8 late in the game. However, it was too little too late and Reading notched its first win of the season.
After the game, head coach Billy Tucker said, “They played great as a team on both sides of the ball, both offense and defense. It was good to see it come together.” Clearly, the team was well prepared, and after drying off, they will be ready for its next challenge.