Quarterback Ryan Verdi takes the snap for Dracut in C team game. Photo by Russ Carney
Quarterback Ryan Verdi takes the snap for Dracut in C team game. Photo by Russ Carney

Experienced and deeply talented at the skill positions, the Dracut Middies Pop Warner C Football Team reinforced their presence as a Merrimack Valley League contender with a resounding 26-0 win over Lowell in a scrappy and highly confrontational contest. The Middies' balanced offense ran the ball effectively, picking up almost 300 yards rushing with 10 players gaining positive yardage as they improved their record to 3-1.

The Middies' defense started the game off strong and forced the Red Raiders to turn the ball over on downs. With the strong offensive line play of Christian Frazier, Anton Mao, Steve Lamontagne, Robby Sparks and Jacob Beaulieu, the Middies moved downfield with some nice running by Nemisis Lopez, Trevor Lupien, Lincoln Lessard before Joey Petka (fumble recovery) scored on a 4 yard run up the middle. With the extra point good, the Middies led 7-0.

Once again the Dracut defense forced Lowell to turn the ball over as interior linemen Kevin Carney, Jarred Lash, Devin Farrell and William Peters (forced fumble) were in the backfield all game terrorizing the Red Raiders backs. With Jeremy Gray seemingly completely relaxed under center, the Middies took a 14-0 lead going into halftime after his quarterback sneak. The long drive was capped off with some outstanding blocks by Josh Hastie, Robby Sparks, Trevor Usher and birthday boy Trevor Anstiss.

Dracut took the third-quarter kickoff and scored early to make the score 20-0 on the quick playmaking ability of Aise Pream's (185 rushing yards) 50-yard outside sweep. After a muffed kickoff, Jose Torrado, Mike Pilato and Zeke Haradji continued to excel on defense allowing the Dracut offense to get the ball back Dracut moved downfield again with some good runs by Ryan Verdi, Andrew Melanson and a nice catch by Nik Carter. Aise Pream put an exclamation point on the game by busting three tackles and speeding into the end zone on a 36-yard touchdown for the final 26-0 result. This shutout victory is a quick reminder that the Middies program is still one to look out for.

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The Dracut Blue D team won shut out Lowell, 26-0, as Matt Rossetti rushed for two touchdowns and two extra points, Lucas Ibarguen rushed for a touchdown, Ian Nicholas rushed for a touchdown and Jakob Rivers caught a 15 yard pass, Sloan Carter and Peter Sawyer rushed for positive yardage against a tough Lowell defense. Jared O'Connell, James Cusenza and Jamie Jusseaume all made key blocks to help Dracut march down the field.

Defense stayed strong all day, with help from linebackers Denis Bourassa and Anthony Marquez, while Joe Santos, Stephan Pinto, Luke Davey, Brandon Hudon and Carmelo Ortiz kept Lowell out of the end zone.

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The Dracut Tiny Mites met their Billerica 2 counterparts this past weekend in hard-fought, competitive game where both teams gave it everything they had. Offensively, the Tiny Mites were paced by two touchdown runs apiece by Dylan Eld and Michael Marchionda, while Zachary Campbell and Jacob Ventura added the well balanced running attack.

Billerica continually ran into the Middies defensive version of six blocks of granite, led by Michael Giron and Breadyn Hiltz along with Nathan Rogers and Michael Desmarais. The Tiny Mites look to continue their stellar play Saturday against Brookline/Jamaica Plain.