Middies Measured Up
DRACUT -- The Dracut High football team was in need of a statement win.
Dracut 37, Chelmsford 0
A victory over one of the Merrimack Valley Conference’s elite programs would be a big confidence builder for a Middies’ team on the rise.
Although Chelmsford has sputtered in the early going this season, the Lions remain one of the measuring sticks in MVC Division 2. And Dracut not only measured up to Chelmsford, the Middies continued their early season growth spurt by towering over the Lions in all facets of the game.
Quarterback Devin Lambert passed for 265 yards and two touchdowns and the Middies defense limited Chelmsford to only 37 yards of total offense, while producing a safety and fumble return for a score, en route to posting a convincing, 37-0, victory at Beaudry Field Friday night.
Dracut, which had its game against Lawrence High postponed last week due to the tragic gas explosions/fires that took place in Lawrence, improves to 2-0. Chelmsford is 0-3.
“The kids, wow, they came out ready to play tonight,” said Dracut coach Jay Rivers. “After not playing last week and being one game behind them, I didn’t know what to expect. But our kids really responded. That’s a good (Chelmsford) program.
“This definitely is a statement win for us. We’ve been here before, but never 2-0 with an early MVC win. This is my fifth year here (as head coach). This group of players, our seniors and juniors, have been playing for three and four years on the varsity level. We’ve taken our lumps. These guys they’ve responded to it. We had a great summer. A great pre-season. We just have to keep this momentum going forward.”
Dracut started fast and continued to gain momentum while carrying the play for all four quarters. Jakob Rivers returned the opening kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown and Kyle Durkin kicked the first of his five PATs to give the Middies a quick 7-0 lead.
“That was a great way to start the game,” said Jay Rivers, of his son’s TD return. “That really got us going.”
Dracut broke the game open by scoring 16 points in the second quarter to take a 23-0 halftime lead. Lambert sandwiched TD passes to Cam McCullough (42 yards) and Joseph Petka (5 yards) around a safety. In the first half, Lambert completed 15 passes for 208 yards.
″(Lambert) is a great leader for us,” said Rivers. “He did well in the pass game tonight. He did well in the run game tonight. He made a couple checks on the field from plays that were called. He did a great job seeing what was there and taking what was given to us.”
McCullough finished with eight receptions for 145 yards.
“Cam is a weapon every time he touches the ball,” said Rivers. “He’s a great kid. He’s a great athlete and a real explosive player.”
In the third quarter, Dracut’s defense went on the offensive again as Kyle Silva returned a fumble 20 yards for a touchdown
Leading the way on the Middies swarm to the ball defense were Allyn French, William Peters, Ian Godbout, Grant Gucciardi, Noah Tierney-Honan and Justin Bettencourt.
French scored the final Middie TD on a one yard run in the fourth quarter.
Chelmsford wasn’t able to get anything going on offense.
“I thought our defense played well tonight,” said Chelmsford coach Dave Kaizer. “They only let up three scores. Offensively, we have to figure it out. We weren’t very good offensively. You aren’t going to win any ball games playing the way we played offensively.
“Offensively, we just haven’t been able to find a rhythm. We’re trying to figure it out. And we have to figure it our quick. We have to be resilient and try and figure things while overcoming adversity. We’re trying but we haven’t figured it out yet. That’s life and that’s football. We’ll get better.”