PITTSFIELD -- After a hard fought one-point victory against Hoosac Valley last week, the Wahconah football team could have entered Friday's game against Pittsfield emotionally drained.
Warriors coach Gary Campbell Jr. said his team had a tough week of practice, and he knew they would come out with intensity.
"I think that's the great thing about this group. We do bounce back pretty well. Last week against Hoosac we did the same bouncing back and getting after it," Campbell said. "So we do have a resilient bunch and they don't panic which is a good thing."
Panic was something the Warriors did not do against a Pittsfield team that came out firing on offense. Pittsfield made big plays in all three facets of the game, but Wahconah made enough big plays of its own to hold off the Generals for a 36-26 victory.
After a Pittsfield punt late in the first quarter. Devon Tucker intercepted a pass from Wahconah's Ethan Wells. Two plays later Chad Shade connected with Tucker on a 75-yard bomb to give Pittsfield an early 8-0 lead.
Wahconah used a strong ground game to answer Pittsfield with Wells and running back Eli Pease leading the way for Wahconah. Pease capped off a six-play drive with a one-yard touchdown run to even the score at 8.
In a game of big plays, an attempted big play back fired for Pittsfield.
After the Generals forced a turnover on downs by Wahconah in their own territory. A halfback pass by Alex Teichert led to an interception and 60-yard return by Wahconah's Wells
Wells capped the drive with his second touchdown of the game, giving his team an 16-8 lead at the half.
With momentum on their side going into halftime, Pittsfield managed to snatch it away from the Warriors to start the third quarter.
Josh Bonney's strip sack of Wahconah quarterback Wells led to a Devon Tucker 18-yard touchdown run. The score brought the Generals within two, but again Wahconah answered.
Pease scored from 13 yards out and Wells added a 30-yard touchdown run to give Wahconah a 30-14 lead with 6:59 left in the game.
Pittsfield had one last ditch effort in the them as Tucker returned the ensuing kick 80 yards for a touchdown.
But the Generals got no closer than 10 points.
Pittsfield coach Brian Jezewski said he credits his team for never giving up and fighting hard to the end.
"Our guys are going to play with heart. Last week we didn't give what we needed within ourselves," Jezewski said. "But this week we showed it. I keep telling these guys that Pittsfield belongs with these bigger teams and we're not a doormat anymore."
At 3-3 Jezewski added that his team is going to continue to fight to make the Western Mass. tournament.
"Every week is a playoff week. Every game is a playoff game," he said. "We're 0-0 right now. Our record doesn't mean anything."