Heartbreaking Loss For Middies Ends Playoff Hopes
Oct 25, 2016 11:39AM
● By Bill Gilman
The resurgent Dracut High football team, which had shown such tremendous improvement this season after a winless campaign in 2015, had a Division 2A playoff berth within its grasp, only to see it snatched away.
At 3-3, the Middies knew they needed a win over Concord-Carlisle to lock up a post-season bid. Unfortunately, the Patriots were also 3-3 and in need of a win to punch their ticket to the tournament.
The first eight minutes of the game was played Friday night, amid a driving rainstorm. The weather didn't seem to be a problem for Dracut, which grabbed an early 14-0 lead. The second touchdown came when linebacker Mike Levasseur pounced on a fumble in the end zone.
That would turn out to be the final play Friday, as officials were forced to suspend play due to the rain and lightning.
When play resumed Saturday, momentum had swung decidedly in the favor of Concord-Carlisle.
Still, after a two-yard touchdown run by Levasseur, Dracut held a 21-19 lead with just over three minutes to play in the fourth quarter. What's more, the Middies had the Patriots pinned inside their own 10-yard line. Dracut fans were starting to think about playoff seedings and first-round matchups.
Then the unthinkable happened. CC's Jaylin Farquharson (3 TDs) snagged a short pass from Jack Easterday, burst into the DHS secondary and outran the defensive backs for a 91-yard touchdown and a 25-21 lead for the Patriots.
With the win, Concord-Carlisle (4-3) advances to the Division 2 North Tournament, where they will take on Billerica on Friday.
Dracut (3-4) drops into the non-playoff schedule for the next three weeks. The Middies will play host to Belmont High at Beaudry Field. Friday at 7 p.m.