Knowing they needed to contain and control the outside speed of the Mattapan Patriots, the Dracut Middies shut down their swift opponents and ran away with a 20-0 victory. Though they gave up some yardage to Mattapan, the Middies recorded their 7th shutout of the season after making some defensive adjustments. This convincing win in the quarterfinals of the Eastern MA Pop Warner playoffs sets Dracut up to face a strong Lawrence team in the semifinals.
Mattapan couldn’t do much with Peter Sawyer’s deep opening kickoff and started the game at their own 30-yard line. Dracut’s defense quickly established their might with an Aise Pream quarterback sack on the first play from scrimmage and a Nathan Ripley fumble recovery a few snaps later.
The Middies quickly took advantage of their excellent field position and went up 6-0 after Lincoln Lessard sprinted 11 yards into the end zone. Mattapan was able to pick some ground on their next series as their crack back blocks proved to be effective against the defensive ends of Dracut. Interior linemen Michael Canney, Kyle Proulx, Charlie Kefauver and Denis Bourassa stuffed the Patriots on a 4th-and-6 play, turning the ball back over to the Middies. Dracut promptly gave the ball back on an interception as the first quarter came to a close.
Several costly penalties allowed Mattapan to keep Dracut’s defense on the field for most of the second quarter. The Patriots advanced to Dracut’s 16-yard line before being stopped on a 4th-and-4 play as Gilbert Ruiz, Jacob Beaulieu and Jacob Nadreau defended the Middies’ turf.
Unfortunately, Dracut fumbled the ball right back to the Patriots. Dracut dug in their heels and came up with another huge defensive stand when Lincoln Lessard sacked the QB, causing a fumble that was regained by a leaping Devin Lambert.
Several nice runs with some brilliant blocking by Michael Tusa and Anthony Marquez advanced Dracut past midfield. Aise Pream flew down the sidelines on a 43 yard touchdown run after a bone crushing block by Lincoln Lessard. Devin Lambert’s extra point attempt was good to make the score 13-0. The Patriots responded with a nice drive that was helped by a roughing the kicker penalty before the half came to a close.
An unwavering offensive line of Alex Reis, Tyler Middlemiss, Max Barton, Jared Fahey and Javier Faria led the Middies on a time-consuming 12 play scoring drive to start the third quarter. This gritty unit was determined to put points on the board and their resolve allowed Aise Pream to score on an 18-yard run. Pream’s extra point was good to up Dracut’s lead to 20-0. Dracut’s secondary of cornerbacks and safeties Matthew Simpson,Lucas Ibarguen, Matt Rossetti and Eric Ariosus completely smothered the Mattapan aerial attack.
The Patriots tried to get their passing game going again in the fourth quarter, but Dracut’s defense just teed off and came up with several backfield tackles. Aise Pream, Javier Faria, Alex Reis and Lincoln Lessard recorded sacks
and Patrick Canney had a fumble recovery as the heavy hitting of the Middies took its toll on Mattapan’s ball carriers. Yan Gonzalez had an invigorating 33 yard run late in the game. Another Dracut fumble and damaging face
mask penalty gave Mattapan one more shot to score but time ran out securing another win for the Middies.
Dracut D-Blue 28
Boston Bengals 24
The Dracut Middies D-Blue football team wins the Eastern Mass Quarter Final Round against a very tough Boston Bengals D-Team by the score of 28-24.
Quarterback Aidan Maston took control of the Middies offense, throwing two touchdown passes, the first one to J.C. Santiago and the second to Jakob Rivers. Maston also rushed in four extra points. Shawn McGuire and Sloan Carter both scored on rushing touchdowns.
Defensive captain Nick Zeoli took charge of Dracut’s D, along with Ian Nichols at the corner. Up front, Stephan Pinto, Brian Mwangi, and Nathan Lambert all came up big on the defense. J.C. Santiago made the play of the game coming up with an interception late in the fourth quarter in the red zone to secure Dracut’s win.
Dracut D-Blue’s next opponent is West Lynn.