DRACUT -- Although they finished their Dracut Pop Warner football careers as 8th graders last year, freshman high school players from Dracut had an impact on football teams all over Massachusetts this fall, from the Commonwealth Athletic Conference to the Independent School League to the Merrimack Valley Conference.

A talented group of 9th graders played football on Lakeview Avenue for the Middies this season, including Justin Bettencourt, Kyle Pelletier, Cam McCullough, Allyn French, Jaeden Hylton, Joey Petka, Jose Torrado, Matt Rossetti , Will Peters, Devin Lambert, Nemisis Lopes, Javier Faria and Chris Dami. Other Dracut freshman residents brought fans to their feet throughout the state thanks to the excellent coaching they received back in their Pop Warner days from Mark Rossetti, Chris Perez, Wayne Lupien, Phil Peters, Bob Lessard and John Hall.

Linebacker Jeremy Gray and guard Nathan Ripley led a contingent of Dracut players including Devin Farrell, Eric Ariosis, Jacob Nadreau, Dylon Huard and Noah Tierney-Honan on the tough Greater Lowell Technical High School squad playing in the Commonwealth Athletic Conference. Meanwhile, in the Catholic Conference, defensive end Lincoln Lessard of BC High and St. John's Prep running back Aise Pream terrorized their opponents. Michael Canney, Peter Sawyer and Calvin Soucy played well for Lowell Catholic in the Catholic Central League. Making good impressions in the Independent School League were safety Max Barton of Belmont Hill and Groton tight end Kevin Carney.