In one of the best games a fan ever could ask for, the Dracut Middies Pop Warner C Football Team knocked off Division 1 perennial powerhouse Brookline/Jamaica Plain 26-19.
The exhilarating contest had many exciting plays as Dracut played well in all aspects of the game with some outstanding performances on special teams, offense and defense. The Patriots took the opening kickoff and marched down the field with their patented speedy sweep plays to take a 6-0 lead.
The ensuing kickoff saw Aise Pream score on a 60 return and score the extra point to put the Middies ahead 7-6. Dracut got the ball right back as Devin Farrell recovered a fumble by Jamaica Plain on the kickoff, but the Middies couldn’t convert on fourth down despite some fine blocking by linemen Trevor Usher, Trevor Anstiss, Josh Hastie, Mike Pilato and Jose Torrando.
The Patriots quickly scored on a 25-yard touchdown pass to their tall and talented wide receiver to reclaim the lead 13-7. But once again the Dracut kickoff return team came through with some excellent downfield blocking by Nik Carter, Trevor Lupien and Anton Mao as Lincoln Lessard raced down the sidelines to score on a 70-yard run to put the Middies back on top 14-13.
Jamaica Plain threatened to score again but Christian Frazier came up with a fumble recovery after a hard hit by Jarred Lash. The Middies patiently moved the ball on the ground with some nice runs by Nemisis Lopez and a 26-yard reception by Zeke Haradji but had to turn the ball over on downs. Despite some excellent inside pressure from nose guards David Coombs, Robby Sparks and Dawson Coombs, Jamaica Plain scored on a 22-yard touchdown pass before the half to seize the lead 19-14.
A scoreless third-quarter saw the Middies make several exterior adjustments as cornerbacks Ryan Verdi and Andrew Melanson shut down the Patriots’ reverses and outside runs. Dracut scored early in the fourth-quarter and pulled ahead 20-19 on a Jeremy Gray quarterback sneak.
After another great defensive stand, the Middies methodically marched the length of the field on a fiveminute drive and scored again on a Lincoln Lessard 18-yard touchdown scamper to take control 26-19. A deep kickoff pinned the Patriots at their own 15-yard line forcing them to use their passing game. With the clock ticking down, defensive tackles William Peters and Kevin Carney teed off on the Brookline offensive line and combined to pick up their third and fourth quarterback sacks of the game as the Middies came away with a huge win.