Dracut comes out flying and soars over Westford Academy


WESTFORD — Dracut High’s team speed and swarming defense was simply too much for Westford Academy to handle on Friday night, and Dracut rolled to a 34-7 victory in the season opener for both teams.

Senior Allyn French and junior Jakob Rivers led the way for the Middies, who racked up 335 yards of total offense.

Dracut scored on each of its first four possessions, beginning with a 9-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Devin Lambert (12-for-22, 173 yards) to Rivers with 4:49 left in the first quarter. Lambert followed with a touchdown strike from five yards out to senior Cameron McCullough to put the Middies up 13-0 to end the first quarter.

Early in the second quarter, French took the handoff from Lambert and raced 64 yards for a touchdown and a 20-0 lead. French had 10 carries for 138 yards on the night.

Dracut was unrelenting in its attack as Lambert hit Rivers (five catches, 89 yards) for a 68-yard TD pass and a 27-0 lead with 5:58 left in the half.

Lambert punched it in from one yard out for Dracut’s final score and the Kyle Durkin point after capped the visitor’s scoring total at 34.

Westford put together an effective array of runs late in the fourth, capped off by a 16-yard touchdown run by sophomore Sean Brown. Christopher Kennedy hit the point after.

“We’ll watch a lot of film, make some adjustments, and put players in positions to help us win moving forward,” said Westford head coach Patrick Gendron.