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Needham vs Wellesley LIVE High School Football Playoff 11/23/2023

Needham vs Wellesley LIVE High School Football Playoff 11/23/2023

The Needham Rockets and Wellesley Raiders clashed on Thursday, November 23, 2023, in a thrilling varsity football playoff game at Wellesley High School. The Rockets, led by quarterback Dante Varano, emerged victorious with a hard-fought 24-21 victory.

What it is: Varsity football
Matchup: Needham Rockets vs Wellesley Raiders
Game Type: Playoff
Time: Thursday Nov 23, 2023, 10:00 AM (Local Time)
Home Team: Wellesley Raiders 5-5
Away Team: Needham Rockets 9-2
Locations: Wellesley High School – MA.
Live Stream: Watch here

From the opening kickoff, both teams displayed their determination to win. The Rockets struck first with a touchdown pass from Varano to wide receiver Mike Johnson in the first quarter. The Raiders responded with a touchdown of their own, courtesy of running back Jack Murphy, to tie the game at 7-7.

The second quarter saw a flurry of points, with both teams trading touchdowns. The Rockets regained the lead with a touchdown run by Varano, but the Raiders quickly answered with a touchdown pass from quarterback Eddie Webb to wide receiver Tom Wilson.

The Rockets took a 21-14 lead into halftime, but the Raiders refused to give up. In the third quarter, the Raiders closed the gap to 21-20 with a field goal by kicker Alex Ryan.

The Rockets held on to their lead in the fourth quarter, adding a field goal of their own to extend their lead to 24-20. The Raiders made a valiant effort to tie the game in the final minutes, but the Rockets’ defense stood strong, securing the victory.

Varano led the Rockets with 150 passing yards and two touchdowns, while Johnson added 100 receiving yards and a touchdown. For the Raiders, Webb threw for 120 yards and a touchdown, while Murphy rushed for 80 yards and a touchdown.

The victory marks the Rockets’ fourth consecutive win over the Raiders and extends their all-time series lead to 61-60-9. The Rockets now advance to the next round of the playoffs, while the Raiders’ season comes to an end.

Game Highlights:

Dante Varano’s 150 passing yards and two touchdowns
Mike Johnson’s 100 receiving yards and a touchdown
Jack Murphy’s 80 rushing yards and a touchdown
The Rockets’ strong defensive performance in the fourth quarter

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