Rockets E Squad wins first home game
The Rockets E team scored their third win at home this Sunday against Burlington. The first half was scoreless with defense playing tough. Jakob Maher and Cam Harrigan led tough gang tackles supported by Brady Anderson, Ethan Greatorex and Jaxson Donahue to stop downs in the opening drive. Brendan Boutiette and Sean DuRoss blocked well which opened up a lane for Zach Lindmark to run for a first down. Lindmark was joined in running game by Jakob Bradshaw, Quinn Yandle and Franklin Travassos who carried the ball for the first time this season. Jake Whitmer and Aidan Shaughnessy had big individual tackles late in the first half.
Brady Comenos made a key sack to start the second half. With Trevor Fiore as quarterback Jakob Maher scored a touchdown 6 minutes into second half play. Burlington responded with a offensive drive which was stopped yards outside the end zone. Reading’s defense played hard with Ryan Pulpi making a huge tackle on the 5 yard line. Kaden McNeice led a gang tackle yards under 5 yards to end a down. Kamden Greatorex made an athletic play recovering a fumble causing a turnover in Reading’s favor.
Reading put together a long march down the field but was unable to score. Ethan Pember made an exceptional block and was supported by Matthew O’Malley which opened a hole for Alex Merkle to make a 30 yard first down run. Zach Lindmark followed with crafty lateral sprint but the Rocket’s were four yards shy of a first down.
Burlington had the strongest offensive drive late in the second half. Reading’s defense focused adn was started with Lance Barretto who was in the right place at the right time causing a disruption in play to end a Burlington first down. Michael Zapach and Franklin Travassos had big individual blocks which stopped Burlington on their second attempt. Ryan Pulpi had his second big individual tackle to end the third down. With the ball under 5 yards from the end zone Reading put on a tough stand including Alex Merkle, Jake Whitmer, Brady Anderson, Franklin Travassos and Ryan Pulpi.
Reading and Burlington quickly went through drives and neither team scored. Burlington was the last to hold the ball. With the clock at 14 seconds Michael Zapach made a huge outside tackle to hold Burlington scoreless.