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A heartbreaking loss and an end to a great season for the Woburn Loyal Order of Moose D1 team who fell short to the Reading D2 team, 26-18, on Sunday at Reading High School.
Both teams were competing for a spot in the playoffs. Woburn qualified to play the undefeated Reading team with a second place finish in last week’s 10-yard dogfight that included Waltham and Wakefield.Love Woburn Pop Warner Football? Then visit our special Pop Warner page on Woburn Patch and then follow Woburn Patch on Facebook and Twitter or via e-mail.
The Trojan defense started the day off strong after key tackles by Peter Cole, John Zakrewski, Jonathan Avery, and James Taft put their offense on the field after only four plays. Great blocking by Jack Aylward, Colin Harkins, Cameron Chute, Ahriq Mason, Ryan Dever, David Nardone, Dylan Zolubos, Jaden Russell, Jonathan Avery, Peter Cole, David Langlois, Matt Qualey, James Taft, Dylan Thompson, and John Lafferty, allowed Woburn’s running backs to move the ball down the field. Woburn scored first after a pass from the 20-yard line landed in the hands of Jared Zolubos who was tackled just short of the goal line. The next play, Ryan Ludwig pushed his way into the endzone for six points.
Early in the second quarter, Reading answered with a touchdown and extra point, but Woburn responded with a touchdown of their own. With great pass blocking by the Woburn offensive line, quarterback Ryan Qualey was able to connect with Jared Zolubos, who ran the ball 58 yards to make the score 12-7.
Woburn’s defense prevented the Rockets from scoring before halftime with a nice interception by Ryan Qualey.
Reading took a 26-12 lead into the fourth quarter, but Woburn did not give up and continued to play hard. The Gulde Insurance Agency cheerleading squad continued to cheer loudly and to encourage the team.
With only a few minutes remaining in the game, Ryan Ludwig caught a screen pass at midfield and took it all the way into the endzone to add six more points to the scoreboard. Despite a great effort, Woburn ran out of time and could not overcome the deficit.
Others earning recognition for their great play include Jayson Blouin, William Mahoney, Eyan Russell, Emanuel Polanco, Rennie Cyprian, Kris Chiary, and Cash Kingstad.
On behalf of the entire team and parents, we want to thank the coaching staff of John Ferrone, Tony Giglio, John Lafferty, Bob Ronan, Ryan Ferrone, and Peter Murphy for a great season.