Rockets set for takeoff
There were no surprises at the Reading-Stoneham game yesterday at Birch Meadow. A relentless Rockets rushing attack. A dominant offensive line. And plenty of points. The Middlesex League champion Rockets, who finished 11-0 for the second consecutive year, were led again by senior quad-captain Ryan Pollock, whose three first-half touchdowns were more than enough in a 28-0 shutout of Thanksgiving Day rival Stoneham.
The No. 3 Rockets will host Merrimack Valley Small champion Dracut in a Division 2 playoff game Tuesday night.
“The bottom line is, it’s all in front of us now,’’ Reading coach John Fiore said. “We’re sprinting downhill into the postseason and we control everything in front of us.’’
Pollock scored twice in the first quarter on 8- and 4-yard rushes, and added a 1-yard TD with 5:59 to go in the second. Sophomore Zack Bates added a 6-yard TD run with 51 seconds left in the half.
Wakefield 14, Melrose 13 - Vin DiSciscio and Josh Puccio rushed for scores to lift the Warriors.
Belmont 8, Watertown 7 - After Nick Martone’s 12-yard TD run, Mike Wynott found Marcus Papas for the winning 2-point conversion in the fourth quarter to lift the Marauders past the Red Raiders.
Winchester 7, Woburn 0 - The Sachems (9-2) finished with their third straight shutout and T.J. Hickey provided the scoring on a 1-yard plunge in the second quarter in a win over the Tanners.
Dedham 26, Norwood 25 - Dedham’s Bernie Girard came up huge in the second half, scoring two touchdowns to lift the Marauders.
Stoughton 25, Canton 0 - Will McNamara connected with Matt Green for three TD passes, including a 94-yarder, as the Black Knights rolled.
Mansfield 36, Foxboro 0 - Shawn Doherty ran for two scores and caught two TD passes from Nik Busharis in the 14th-ranked Hornets’ blowout win.
Oliver Ames 24, Sharon 6 - Four players scored for the Tigers, who earned their first win.
Dennis-Yarmouth 49, Nauset 12 - Stephen Davis and Joe Furness each rushed for two TDs in the Dolphins’ win.
Plymouth South 14, Plymouth North 12 - Stefan Gustafson ran for 252 yards and recorded an interception and a fumble recovery to lead the Panthers. He finished the season with 1,734 rushing yards.
Cape Ann (Large)
Triton 28, Pentucket 6 - Blaise Whitman threw for three TDs and a 2-point conversion and also ran in a 2-point conversion for the Vikings (6-4).
Dual County (Small)
Wayland 37, Weston 8 - Jeff Brewington caught a TD pass, ran for another score, and returned a fumble for a third TD as the Warriors got three defensive TDs in a rout of the Wildcats.
Abington 20, Whitman-Hanson 0 - Kristian LaPointe rushed for 123 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Green Wave (10-1).
Arlington Catholic 22, Arlington 13 - Charlie Bates ran for 159 yards and three touchdowns, and finished the season with 1,500 yards and 24 TDs.
Silver Lake 15, Pembroke 0 - Roger Dillingham rushed for 83 yards and a score for Silver Lake.
North Quincy 21, Quincy 6 - Terrance Staley ran for three TDs to lead the Red Raiders.