DRACUT — The Dracut High football team has learned what it takes to win this fall.
Now the upstart Middies are in the process of learning how to deal with the expectations that accompany their early-season success.
In a matchup of undefeated teams, Acton-Boxboro jumped out to a three-touchdown advantage in the first quarter while beating Dracut, 35-7, in a non-league football game at Beaudry Field Friday night.
Senior quarterback Finn Murray led the way for the Colonials. Murray passed for 235 yards and two touchdowns, ran for a score and kicked five conversions.
Acton-Boxboro also received a strong two-way effort from Victor Otero, who returned an interception for a touchdown and had 11 receptions for 102 yards.
Dracut is now 3-1, while Acton-Boxboro improved to 5-0.
“You just can’t learn things from victories, you have to be able to learn from a loss,” said Dracut coach Jay Rivers. “This is a look in the mirror kind of game for us. We were riding high. Now we have things we know we need to correct.
“We saw some things from the sideline. There are things we’ll see on film. We’ll work at correcting the mistakes. And we’ll get back to work and we’ll get better.”
Otero returned an interception 36 yards for a touchdown to give Acton-Boxboro a 7-0 lead just 53 seconds into the game. With 2:28 remaining in the opening quarter, Murray scored a touchdown on an 11 yard run. The Colonials’ three touchdown outburst in the first quarter ended with Stanley Bernard hauling in a 27 yard scoring pass from Murray.
“We didn’t play well at all tonight and they did,” said Rivers. “They executed and we didn’t execute. You can’t spot a team like that 21 points. There’s no way. We’re not where we can do something like that. That’s a good team.”
Dracut finally got untracked on offense in the second quarter. A 33 yard pass from quarterback Devin Lambert to Jean Carlos Santiago brought the ball to the Acton-Boxboro 15. Two plays later Lambert threw an 8 yard touchdown pass to Joseph Petka. Kyle Durkin kicked the conversion and Dracut had cut Acton-Boxboro’s lead to 21-7 with 4:47 left to play before halftime.
Acton-Boxboro extended its lead to 28-7 on a 1 yard touchdown run by Alex Berrouet in the third quarter.
Ethan Logue hauled in an 8 yard touchdown pass from Murray in the fourth quarter to complete the scoring.
Lambert led the way on offense for Dracut, passing for 62 yards and rushing for 34 yards.
Allyn French had 36 yards rushing on seven carries.
Petka (interception), Ian Godbout and William Peters played well defensively for the Middies.
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