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Deeper roster boosts Rockets (Boston.com)

Varsity - 2009 Season
Posted Thursday, October 29, 2009 by Freshman VPs
 The undfeated Rockets football team hosts Natick, also at 7-0, Friday night.

Just how long has it been since Needham High started the season 7-0? Head coach David Duffy estimates the Rockets haven’t been unbeaten at this point in the season since the mid-1960s, when Vic Gatto, who later starred at Harvard, was in the backfield. Back then, though, the total schedule was eight games.

Now the Rockets are one step closer to their first postseason berth since 2003, thanks to a new defensive scheme, more balanced offense, and an overall deeper roster. When Kerry Hecker went down with a concussion in practice before their visit to Brookline two weeks ago, senior Kevin Cray stepped forward. The wideout broke through with a three-score performance in last Friday’s huge 18-8 Bay State Conference win over Weymouth, with two touchdown catches and a 70-yard punt return.

“They just understand in the game what to do,’’ said Duffy of his players. “You change the play in the huddle, and they know exactly what to do. They’re all pretty good students. Their parents did a good job raising them . . . it’s really the parents, they do a good job.’’

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