Dracut Middies Football '14

Ranger seniors perfect on Thanksgiving

Methuen established the run during the game’s opening drive behind talented senior running back Jake Amodio. But the methodical drive — that took exactly 7 minutes off the clock — ended when QB Kendrick Denose completed a 25-yard TD pass to Connor Donovan. Donovan caught three balls for 75 yards. Meanwhile, Amodio rushed 23 times for 106 yards and two touchdowns. Methuen beat Dracut 26-13. This Methuen senior class never lost to Dracut on Thanksgiving. The Rangers won 29-20 last year on the road, 41-19 in 2012 at home and 36-13 on the road in 2011. Dracut’s last Thanksgiving win was its 19-12 victory in 2010.

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Football, 11/27/14 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Kessel rushes for 143 yards in Haverhill win

Ian Kessel rushed 18 times for 143 and one touchdown to lead Haverhill football 42-26 over Dracut on Friday. 

Pedro Santiago rushed 12 times for 122 and two touchdowns as the Hillies, who primarily have been a rushing team this year, did much of the same against Dracut. 

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Football, 10/10/14 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Shkliew, North Andover take care of overmatched Dracut

NORTH ANDOVER — For a few moments, following a first quarter North Andover fumble just short of the goal line, it appeared Dracut could have a breath of life.

But the Scarlet Knights defensive line then broke through to force a safety, and superstar Bubba Shkliew fielded the  ensuing free kick and ran it back 75 yards for a touchdown, sending North Andover on its way to a convincing 34-6 victory over Dracut Friday night.

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Football, 10/03/14 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Methuen trickery no treat for Dracut

DRACUT — Staring at the prospect of a fourth straight loss, the Methuen offense wasn't above a little trickery to get into the win column.

Unable to score in six of the previous seven quarters, the Rangers put together a pair of fourth-quarter scoring drives last night to upend Merrimack Valley Conference rival Dracut 14-13.

"This means a lot tonight," Methuen coach Tom Ryan said of his team's first victory since knocking off Dracut in last year's Thanksgiving Day game. "Right now it means a lot. I'm going to (congratulate) my kids because they worked so hard.
"I'm happy for my kids right now. They needed this so much. My coaching staff needed that. I know my wife needed that, but the kids needed it most."

Mike Baglieri, who quarterbacked the Rangers into Middie territory on each of their six possessions in the game, put Methuen on the board with a 3-yard run to cut Dracut's lead to six with 6:36 remaining.

Sophomore linebacker Trevor Abdallah made the second of his three sacks to force Dracut into a three-and-out on the ensuing possession and provide the Ranger offense one more opportunity.

Methuen made it work, when wide receiver/backup quarterback Kendrick Denose hurled a reverse-option pass to John Abraham, who was pulled down at the 1 after the 41-yard completion. One play later, Baglieri provided Methuen its first lead of the season since Lawrence scored with 10 seconds left in a 43-42 Week 2 victory.

"We have a lot of trick plays we run," said Ryan, who admitted they had not run that reverse pass all season. "But it's all a matter of execution. We haven't been able to execute them early on, so we're always apprehensive to run them. Kendrick threw a nice ball."

Denose made his only pass of the night pay when he broke up a fourth-down Dracut pass at the goal line with 24 seconds left — one play after Abdallah's final sack left the Middies at the 36.

The Rangers had several quality first-half opportunities, including their first two possessions which both reached the Dracut 12 before fizzling out. In fact, in the first half, Methuen maintained possession for more than 15 minutes without a score.

"It was getting extremely frustrating," Ryan said. "I know we work a lot on possessions inside the red zone and for some reason we just couldn't push it in. The fourth quarter was fun to finish things off and rewarding for our offense."

Methuen played without leading runner Brian McAndrew, who will undergo MCL surgery on the right knee he injured while rushing for 206 yards against Lawrence. Senior Jake Amodio has been impressive and finished with 149 yards on 26 carries.

"We were getting frustrated, but the O-Line stuck with it," Baglieri said. "We practiced hard all week and took it to them."

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Football, 09/26/14 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Lancer defense arrives at halftime

LAWRENCE — Kicked, mangled, eviscerated.
The Lawrence High defense hit rock-bottom last night.
Ahh, the resilience of youth.
After allowing 118 points in its first 10 quarters of action — including 35 to Dracut High in the first half last night —  the Lancers lifted themselves from the depths and put up 22 glorious, scoreless minutes.
 The second half whitewash of the Middies proved just enough as Lawrence High move to 2-1, 2-0 in the MVC Small, by rallying for a heart-pumping 38-35 victory before about 400 fans here at Veterans Memorial Stadium last night.
"We have good coaches, who wouldn't allow us to get down on ourselves," said junior Eddie Cabrera, whose first two career interceptions denied Dracut drives into Lancer territory last night. "We stepped it up. I'm proud of this defense for what we did."
Remember, this is a Lancer team that gave up 42 points to winless Methuen last week.
And you have to wonder what they were thinking when Tyler Bassett broke off back-to-back kick returns for TD in the second quarter as the Middies built leads of 28-14 and 35-21.
"Kickoffs killed us, we'll need to make some changes on that," said Lancer coach Mike Yameen. "But in the second half, the kids played well. Bassett is so good. We'll take it."
Lawrence simply kept fighting.
The offense, teeming with weapons, was bound to wear down the Middies, who dress only 35 players.
And they did just enough.
Bill Belichick would have been proud of the strategy as the Lancers cut the Dracut lead to 35-29 with a score in the waning seconds of the first half then came out and seized their first lead on the opening possession of the third quarter.
Nelson Valerio (19 of 26, 226 yards) dove in from the 1 with 18.5 seconds left in the second quarter. Cabrera came on for the PAT kick and ended up getting twice the return on investment.
"I kicked the ball into my own guy's back and it came right back to me," said Cabrera. "So I just ran into my own guy, but as I did that he helped push me into the end zone."
If the Middies thought that one a bit odd, the winning TD was one for Youtube.
Jacob Toledo swept left and broke downfield for a huge gain, but a Middie jumped on his back at the Dracut 40, stripping the ball loose. In a scramble, the ball went forward and bounced free, when Toledo got up, scooped the football up at the 31 and raced to paydirt for the score.
Cabrera's kick made it 36-35, a number that would stand until late when the Lancers' put the finishing touches on the defensive masterpiece with a safety.
"That's a pretty good offense, (Bassett)'s a fast dude. He can throw it, too," said Cabrera. "The whole week I've been saying that this secondary is a no-fly zone. They completed some passes, but we made the plays when we needed to in the second half."
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Football, 09/19/14 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars