Rockets A Team Falls to Lawrence for the First Loss of the Season
The A Team winning streak came to an end on a cold, blustery Sunday. Ben Hennessy started the day with the first tackle holding Lawrence at the 41 yard line. However on the next play, Lawrence blew through the defense and scored a touchdown. Joe Puglielli blocked the extra point attempt holding Lawrence at 6. Quarterback, Ryan Strout, was able to gain 8 yards with a pitch and then a handoff to Jack Viera. Strout then pushed forward for the first down. Reading continued to drive up field with the efforts of Alex DiNapoli breaking tackles to move forward. The Lawrence defense proved too much and forced a punt. Lawrence took over on the 47 yard line. With strong defense by Alec Grande, Ethan Bean, Dylan Burpee and Brady Swanson, Lawrence was unable to move up field. Reading took over on their 20 yard line. Alex DiNapoli managed to drive the ball to the 40 yard line but with a fumble, Lawrence recovered the ball and broke away. Giacomo Iapicca made a running tackle preventing a Lawrence touchdown.
Reading defense stood strong with Colin Donahue, Aidan Bekkenhuis, Tim Burns and Jesse Doherty stopping the Lawrence offense. On the 4th down Lawrence went to punt and it was blocked by Ethan Bean. Reading took possession on the Lawrence 41 yard line. Ryan Strout and Alex DiNapoli with the support of the offense drove the ball downfield with a number of strong plays. With the ball on the 1 yard line, Strout pushed forward for the touchdown. With 1 minute left in the half and a tied game, Lawrence broke through the defense and managed a touchdown.
Reading came out strong in the second half. Ryan Strout threw a long pass to Giacomo Iapicca who made it to the 5 yard line. Strout followed up by running the ball in for a touchdown, tying the game at 12. Reading defense held strong in the 3rd quarter with Alec Grande, Josh Robichaud, Eamon Centrella, Giacomo Iapicca and Jesse Doherty all leading the tackling. Reading again took over on downs at the 41 yard line but was unable to get any movement.
The fourth quarter was tough for the Rockets, despite having possession for most of the quarter and driving to the Lawrence 19 yard line, a couple of fumbles with two minutes left in the game led to two Lawrence touchdowns. Final score Lawrence 24 Rockets 12.