DALTON -- The Wahconah High School football team is now the only unbeaten team in Berkshire County.
But not by much.
Quarterback Ethan Wells punched over a two-point conversion with 2 minutes, 36 seconds left Saturday night to cap an 8-7 comeback over Hoosac Valley in a physical battle at WRHS.
It was more than fitting that Wells was the hero of the game, because he was very nearly the goat. The Hurricanes had just taken a 7-0 lead on a one-yard run by Tyler Mach and the Warriors were driving down the field, when Wells fumbled the snap from center, allowing the Hurricanes to recover on their own 36.
"I think I just got stripped," Wells said. "I didn’t hold onto the ball very well. I’ve got to get better. I will get better."
There was little joy on the Warriors’ side of the field at that point, but two plays later, the Hurricanes coughed up the ball, and Wahconah recovered. The Warriors were back in business with 6:21 left on the Hurricane 30.
It took nine plays for the Warriors to score, with Wells pounding over from 2 yards out. It was 7-6, and time was running down. Did Warrior coach Gary Campbell Jr. consider going for a tie?
"No," said Campbell. "We never did. We weren’t kicking. I wanted to put it on our line to win this."
"Our line was tremendous," said Wells. "I scored, but they did a great job."
The Hurricanes had a little more than 2 1/2 minutes to get something going, and they did so, although it didn’t happen right away.
On fourth-and-5 from the 39, Hoosac quarterback Matt Koperniak dropped back and hit Mach for a 29-yard gain, putting the ball on the Warrior 32 with 50.1 seconds left.
A two-yard run got the ball to the Wahconah 30. On fourth down, Hoosac kicker Ian Hill attempted a 47-yarder, which fell about five yards short.
"He’s made them from there before," said Hoosac coach Dayne Poirot of Hill’s shot. "And we weren’t sure that we’d get the first down. I thought this was the way to go."
Prior to the fourth quarter, both teams spent a lot of time beating on each other. Both teams had at least one decent drive in the first three quarters. Wahconah hasd the ball on the Hurricanes 37 after an intereception. In the second quarter, Koperniak hit four consecutive passes to get the ball down to the Warrior 27, before the half ran out.
In the third quarter, Hoosac finally got something going. Mach, Hill and Matt Braman churned up yardage. The Hurricanes drove 80 yards in 13 plays, which ate up about six minutes. When Mach finally dove over from the 2, the Hurricanes had drawn first blood.
Mach rushed for 92 yards on 13 carries, while Hill had 50 on 12. Wells led the Warriors with 62 yards on 19 carries.
Hoosac 0 0 0 7--7
Wahconah 0 0 0 8--8
H -- Tyler Mach 2 run (Ian Hill kick), 9:46
W -- Ethan Wells 2 run (Wells run), 2:36