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School Committee Praises Dracut’s Coach Rivers as Pats Foundation ‘Coach of Week’

Jan 29, 2019 11:16AM ● By Bill Gilman

New England Patriots Hall of Famer Andre Tippett and DHS football coach Jason Rivers.

DRACUT – The New England Patriots are Super Bowl bound for the big game against the L.A. Rams in Atlanta, Georgia on Sunday, but last October the Dracut High School Football Coach Jason Rivers was the big winner as the New England Patriots Foundation named him Coach of the Week.

School Superintendent Steven Stone told the School Committee on Monday that Rivers was named Coach of the Week in October by the NE Patriots Foundation. Along with the honor came a $1,000 grant to help maintain and upgrade the schools’ football program with the purchase of new helmets, football equipment, football video equipment and more.

Rivers was named Coach of the Week following the 28-14 playoff victory against top-seeded Marblehead in October, according to a Foundation press release.

The release states that under Rivers' leadership, the eight-seeded Middies upset the Magicians to advance to the Division 4 North semifinals. The win was especially notable as it was the first Dracut playoff win since 2008 and marked just the third time in six years of MIAA football that an eight-seed has won its opening-round game.

The Middies scored a touchdown on the first drive of the game and built on the early advantage, scoring four unanswered touchdowns to take a 28-0 lead in the second quarter. Marblehead rallied with two touchdowns to cut the lead to 28-14 early in the third quarter, but Dracut maintained possession of the lead and limited Marblehead's opportunities to secure the 28-14 victory.

At a press conference in Foxboro last October, Patriots and Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker Andre Tippett, now the team's executive director of community affairs, presented Rivers with the award as his team looked on.

This is the 23rd year in which the Patriots have joined the National Football League in conducting the High School Coach of the Week program, which recognizes outstanding high school coaches and promotes youth football throughout New England.

The 2018 season marks the eighth year that Tippett has taken the award on the road to visit the schools that benefit from the program.

"Congratulations to Coach Rivers and the Dracut football program in their big playoff win at Marblehead," Tippett said. "What an impressive showing by the whole team and we wish them luck in the semifinals against Wayland."

 In other news:

When long-time Dracut resident Dorothea L. Brox, founder of the Hickory Hill Golf Course in Methuen, died last December at the age 86, her family asked that she be remembered, not by sending flowers, but by donating to the Dracut High School Golf Team.

At the Dracut School Committee meeting Monday, School Superintendent Steven Stone said request resulted in a gift of $4,020 to the golf team. The team was special to the Brox family because the student golfers played at Hickory Hill.

Committee Chairman Joseph Wilkie thanked the Brox family for the donation, adding the family has “done so much for the golf program already.’’

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