by David James
On Friday, September 9th, the Rocketeers lost the season opener 19-7 to King Philip at home in a hard fought slugfest. As Head Coach Don Johnson predicted, it came down to the team that played tougher, and on Friday night, KP was that team.
By halftime, the score was 7-7 and it looked like another close game on Community field was underway. Both teams went into the locker room feeling good about their chances.
“Even though it was tied I thought we had them right where we wanted them,” said senior Defensive End Tom Vidal.
Then the cramps came. The annual curse that haunts the Rocketeers first game every year. In the heat of the moment, suddenly all three captains, and multiple other starters, fell, grasping a hamstring or calf muscle. The Warriors began to win the toughness battle, as younger, inexperienced Rocketeers entered the game.
The Warriors began to hit on big plays they had missed in the first half. Two long touchdowns on back to back drives lead gave King Philip a 19-7 lead that they held onto for the rest of the game.
The loss won’t hurt the Big Red to the same extent as it would have last year. Since the changes in conferences, technically the game versus KP will count as an out-of-conference loss to a team in a higher division. Though it doesn’t help, it also won’t necessarily hurt the team in playoff standings or their chase to a league title.
A few highlight performances from the game included Bobby Mylod, picked as the offensive player of the game with two huge catches including the team’s only touchdown. Kyle McCarthy was the defensive player of the game, leading the team with nine tackles and also two passes defended. Neal Doherty was the Lineman of the week totaling five solo, and two assisted tackles.