Rockets D Team Tramples Woburn 28-6 to Finish Regular Season 6-2
The Reading Rockets D team beat the Woburn Trojans by a score of 28-6 at Birch Meadow on Sunday. After a close first half, Reading exploded for three touchdowns in the third quarter to put the game away and finish the regular season at 6-2.
The Rockets benefited from strong games by Thomas Lafferty, Ryan O’Malley, Vedant Narayan, Nathan Strong, Sean Crowley, and Jeremiah Sanford.
Woburn started the game with the ball but Reading’s defense was able to make a stand on fourth down. On Reading’s first drive, Woburn intercepted a pass but Michael Ohlson made a tackle during the return to prevent further damage.
After Reading made another defensive stop, the Rockets drove down the field. Led by the blocking of Strong, Crowley, and Mark Tango, quarterback Jack Dougherty was able to rush for both a touchdown and the extra point to make it 7-0.
In the second quarter, Woburn sustained a long drive and punched the ball into the endzone from the 1-yard line. Woburn chose to attempt a 2-point kick but was unsuccessful, leaving the score at 7-6. Patrick Daly, Logan Abrams, Aiden Parillo and George Rodgers helped Reading’s offense on the next drive. However, Woburn’s defense held the line and the score remained 7-6 at halftime.
After the half, Reading poured it on and didn’t look back. O’Malley, Strong, and Crowley led the blocking on the next drive, springing Dougherty for a 50-yard touchdown run. With the extra point, Reading led 14-6.
Woburn tried to respond but Sean Tesoro made his third interception of the season and returned it 25 yards, giving Reading both the ball and good field position. The Rockets’ offensive line, led by Sanford, helped open a hole that allowed Dougherty to rush for another touchdown. Jackson Tucker added the extra point on a rush up the middle to make it 21-6 with 5:06 left in the third quarter.
Ohlson and Daniel Agami made tackles on Woburn’s next drive, and Andrew Jackvony quickly jumped on a fumble at Woburn’s 30-yard line. Dougherty rushed for his fourth touchdown of the game on the ensuing play. Tucker added the extra point to make it 28-6 after three quarters.
Agami, Learned, and Jackvony made tackles on Woburn’s final drive. Reading got the ball back on downs, and Jack Jaynes steered the offense, allowing the Rockets to bleed the clock to secure the win.
After the game, Rockets’ defensive coach Alvin Reynolds praised the team, proudly noting “their execution of their assignments.” As Reading wraps up the regular season and awaits to learn who they face in the playoffs, the players, coaches, cheerleaders, support staff and parents can be proud of how they contributed to the team’s success.