Burnett Leads Needham Past Braintree, 34-2

Mark Riley was a major reason why the Rockets offense overpowered the Wamps defense!

By Brian Willwerth 

MILTON, MA – On a muggy Saturday afternoon at Curry College, the Needham High School football team put on an offensive show.

Senior quarterback Drew Burnett threw four touchdown passes, three of them to fellow senior Mark Riley, as the Rockets blew past Braintree, 34-2, in a Bay State League matchup.

In the first quarter, Needham [2-1] struck first when Burnett threw a 35-yard touchdown pass to senior Dan Pierce. After a Braintree turnover, running back Ian Riley made it 14-0 on the final play of the quarter. The Rockets committed two turnovers themselves in the quarter, including one on the first play from scrimmage, but the Wamps (1-2) were unable to capitalize.

Mark Riley, no relation to Ian, made his presence felt in the second quarter. He was on the receiving end of Burnett’s second TD pass to make it 21-0. Then later in the quarter, Burnett found Riley in the left corner of the endzone to make it 28-0 at the half.

Needham increased its lead to 34-0 when Burnett and Riley hooked up for the third time, this time with Riley splitting two defenders and finding the endzone on a 31-yard strike. The Wamps scored their only points of the game when they blocked the ensuing PAT, and senior Dom Eddings ran it all the way back.  But the Braintree offense was shut out by the Needham defense.

The Rockets will host Weymouth next Saturday, while the Wamps will face Wellesley at Archbishop Williams High School.

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