Rockets B Team Falls to Dracut
Reading Rockets B team falls to Dracut
The Reading Rockets B team fell to Dracut on Sunday, 12-6. The Rockets had a great week of preparation for the game, but were immediately in the hole, 6-0, after Dracut drove the length of the field with power running for the first score. On their first possession, Reading started off strong with a 12-yard run by Kyle Flanagan on first down, but penalties and a tough Dracut defense caused the drive to sputter. The teams traded possessions, and the Rockets finally mounted a long drive on their last possession of the half, highlighted by a 19-yard run by Stephen Donnelly, behind the blocks of Ryan Segalla, Colin Webb, Ben Regazzini and Derek Van Horn, but the half ended with Reading on the Dracut 5 yard line.
The Rockets opened the second half with the ball, but were unable to develop any momentum, although Andrew Benassi made a great catch and run on a pass from Flanagan. The teams again traded possessions until Dracut scored midway through the third quarter, pushing the score to 12-0. Leading 12-0 with time winding down in the game, the Dracut coaching staff, apparently dissatisfied with a two touchdown win, began passing which nearly led to a touchdown, but the Reading defense, led by Dylan Fadale, Dana Isbell, Colin Williamson and Jack Keefe held, and incomplete passes stopped the clock, giving the Rockets possession. Backed up near their own goal line, Coach Chuck Robinson drew up a masterful trick play, with quarterback, Nick Perez throwing a short hitch to tight end, Regazzini, who lateraled the ball to running back, Flanagan, who sprinted 90 yards for the Reading touchdown, narrowing the score to 12-6. Unfortunately for the Rockets, there was no time left for another possession, and the game ended in defeat.
After the game, Coach Robinson said: “I’m proud of the boys. They played hard and through many injuries. As I’ve told them many times, I would go into battle with them any time.” Coach Robinson added: “We now need to get healthy as we enter the second half of the season and make a push for the playoffs. Three very difficult opponents – Wilmington, North Middlesex and Dracut – are behind us, and we need to turn our attention to Westford.