Rocket Football Preview: Week 7

Winchester at Reading on Thursday


Colby Markham ('25), Orbit Contributor

Another week, another win. The Rockets are 6-0 on the year after going on the road and  defeating the now 2-4 Arlington Spyponders.

A win against Arlington was predicted, heck, a big win against Arlington was predicted. The 55-7 shellacking the Rockets distributed to the Spyponders wasn’t really what we had in mind. Even more surprising however, is how they got it done. In a game where James Murphy threw the ball only 12 times, (somehow still completing every pass and tossing three scores) Reading was unstoppable on the ground. Notable runs include a 46 yard touchdown from Alvin Day, and an impressive 26 yard touchdown scamper from backup Quarterback, Jack Murphy. One could argue that it shows the diversity of talent the Rockets have at the skill positions, and it does, but what really paved the way for the ground game last Friday was the offensive line. The boys in the trenches were making plays all game, opening gaps for the running backs and leaving James Murphy untouched. Starting Center, Collin Donahue, had this to say about their performance,

“We had a really good week of practice, we were working hard, you don’t expect a ton of recognition but you do what you do and I love it. All five of us on the line just work really hard, in the offseason getting big, and we put on a show.” And put on a show they did, allowing Reading’s backs to pick up a total of 286 yards and 5 touchdowns. It was a stark contrast to the usual air-raid offensive scheme we’ve come to expect, but the results remain the same.

You have that little time to prepare, and you’ve got to make the most of it.

— Collin Donahue ('23)


Next on the list is a 1-5 Winchester team whose only win came in a 13-6 victory over Newton South. Winchester’s offense has struggled to produce results. Falling to Melrose 20-7 last week, the Red & Black have scored 7 or less points in 4 of 6 games this season. 

Both teams will have less time to prepare than usual, playing at 7 pm this Thursday. For the linemen who battle it out on every play, the shortened time between games can feel significant. However, Collin Donahue remains confident that it is a challenge the Rockets can overcome.

“Yeah it is difficult because you have one less day to prepare, but that’s when studying film and going over plays at home comes into effect. Because you’ve got to be ready and know what you’re doing. You have that little time to prepare, and you’ve got to make the most of it.”

It’ll be a fun night. The Rockets are favorites to win.

Middlesex Liberty Division Standings

Overall League
Reading 6-0 3-0
Belmont  4-3 2-1
Lexington 3-4 2-1
Woburn 3-3 1-1
Arlington 2-4 0-3
Winchester 1-5 0-2