Saturday, December 1, 2012
This time Reading finishes
By Ryan Lanigan
WALTHAM, Mass. -- This time, there was no second half comeback from the Mansfield Hornets.
The Reading Rockets completed a perfect season (13-0) and their “Reading Revenge Tour” with a 27-7 Super Bowl win over the Hornets.
“Last year had a rough start, and we lost in the first round of the playoffs,” junior quarterback Drew Blecher said. “This year we got revenge against Tewksbury and then got revenge for all the guys two years ago.”
The revenge started early this week when Reading avenged their 2011 playoff loss to Tewksbury. Last year, the Rockets – who were favored over Tewksbury – couldn’t find an offensive rhythm. This year, they were near unstoppable with a 42-6 romp.
The tour completed on Saturday at Bentley University, when Reading not only held onto a halftime lead, but completely shutout the team that shocked them two years ago.
“We definitely knew how that game ended,” Belcher said. “A lot of [current] seniors and some juniors, we were there at that game. That was a big lesson from that game that we knew that we had to finish.”
After allowing an opening drive touchdown, the Reading defense clamped down led by junior linebacker Liam Kenneally. On Mansfield’s second drive, they found themselves on the one yard line but Reading held strong twice to force a turnover on downs.
Senior Alex Valente took the next play 99 yards for what turned out to be the game winning score.
“I just got to say a major shout out to our coaching staff,” Reading coach John Fiore said. “So proud of our coaches, they were awesome. They deserve a lot of credit for this.”
Part of the reason for their successful revenge was the defense, who came into the game only allowing 4.8 points a game.
With the 2012 EMass Division 2 Super Bowl win, the Reading Revenge Tour is complete.