By Varun Tekur
FRAMINGHAM – The Framingham 8th grade football team sported their white-colored away uniforms for the first time this season on Saturday when they took on the Rockets in Needham.
Although fans had to travel for this first road game of the season, the Flyers made sure that this was a worthwhile trip by putting on a spectacular performance.
Needham drove deep into Framingham territory on their first possession of the game, but the Flyers eventually managed to shut them down and took control of the ball at their own 11 yard line. It didn’t take long for the Flyer offense to ignite, as they became the first team to score with the help of an 84 yard touchdown run by Antonio Rivera. Some tough defensive stops by Framingham forced Needham to punt on their next drive, and the Flyers subsequently put some more points up on the board when Cody Coleman returned this punt 35 yards for a touchdown.
Framingham had their third defensive stop of the day early in the 2nd quarter, giving the offense another shot to extend the team’s lead. They gladly took advantage of this opportunity, as Coleman quickly found Rivera streaking down the field for a 70 yard touchdown pass. Kicker Marcus O’Brien’s second 2-point kick of the day following the touchdown made the score 22-0 Framingham.
The Flyers continued to have an extremely strong defensive performance throughout the first half, as Timothy Sullivan made plays at every corner of the field and the Flyer defensive backs locked down Needham’s receivers with tight coverage. Coleman threw a second long touchdown pass later in the 2nd quarter, this time to Xavier Musson for 60 yards, and another O’Brien kick put the Flyers up 30-0.
A Framingham fumble recovery as time expired in the 2nd quarter put an exclamation point on the team’s stellar first half.
The Flyers received the ball to begin the 3rd quarter, and a 20 yard catch and several long runs by Zach Semakula moved the offense into Needham territory. This eventually led to a 30 yard field goal by O’Brien, an impressive feat that is almost never seen in youth football. The game was relatively quiet during the rest of the 3rd and 4th quarters, as clock ran for the entire 2nd half due to the mercy rule, and the Flyers walked away with a dominant 33-0 shutout victory.
This game was certainly a morale booster for Framingham after last week’s tough loss to Natick, as the team had nearly perfect execution on both sides of the ball.
The Flyers hope to carry the momentum from this game over to their showdown against Brockton on next Sunday night.
Photo from a previous game this season by Petroni Media Company