FRAMINGHAM – With no Patriots game on Sunday, the Flyer Youth Football games took center stage as the main attraction for Framingham fans.
After traveling to Newton last week, the Flyer 7th Grade squad returned home to take on the Needham Rockets in front of an exhilarated crowd at Framingham State University.
Needham kicked off to the Flyers to start the 1st quarter, but Framingham could not do anything with this possession as they fumbled the ball away on their first play. The Flyer defense refused to let Needham capitalize on this possession, however, as they forced the Rockets to turn the ball over on downs. Quarterback Cody Coleman and the Flyers then stormed down the field on their next drive, with Coleman gaining some yards on runs and completing a 25 yard pass to Antonio Rivera. Running back Rodrigo Ramirez capped off the drive by barreling through several Needham defenders on a 23 yard touchdown run.
Near the end of the 1st quarter, the Flyers once again shut down the Needham offense with the help of several key plays by Kevin Branch. Flyer offense followed this up with another stellar offensive drive. Coleman had a few other shifty runs, breaking several tackles and leaving the Needham defense in shock. He also completed a screen pass to Rivera for 20 yards and scored with a 3 yard touchdown run.
The Rockets then evened the gap in the score with a 1 yard touchdown run with 5:39 left in the 2nd quarter. Framingham was able to block Needham’s 2 point kick attempt, though, so the Flyers led 12-6. The score remained this way as the 1st half ended.
The Flyers lost a fumble on their first play of the 2nd half, giving Needham the ball at the Flyer 40 yard line. This fumble proved itself costly, as the Rockets capitalized on this turnover by scoring their second touchdown when they went on offense. The Rockets then followed this up with another stellar play when they recovered an onside kick, giving them possession once again. They were now able to take their first lead of the game, 18-12, after a 10 yard touchdown run.
Framingham now trailed for the first time in the game and the team was determined to grab the lead once again. Despite this determination, they were not able to do so on their next possession and they later gave up another touchdown to the Rockets, making the score 26-12.
On defense, Flyers Joseph Balboni, Damarion Perry, Michael Bresnahan, and others had high-quality performances. However, the Flyers could not come back from their deficit and ultimately lost 26-12.
The Flyer 7th Graders have to quickly get ready for their next game, as they face Norwood on Tuesday night.
The 7th graders, as well as all other Framingham Youth Football teams, then play again on Sunday, October 2 at Milton.
Photo by Susan Petroni/Petroni Media Company ©2016. All Rights Reserved. Photo from a previous game this season.