ADAMS >> Hoosac Valley's football team entered Friday's game against Amherst having lost its opener and didn't want to face a bye week with two losses.
Hoosac responded from its season-opening defeat by scoring 30 unanswered points against visiting Amherst and went on to win 36-16, in a battle of the Hurricanes at Renfrew Park.
Four different Hoosac players scored touchdowns in the game. Sophomore backup quarterback Vance Eugene scored two on runs of 27 and 10. The big run of the game came in the fourth quarter when Matt Hall scampered 73 yards for a touchdown. Hall ran the ball for 87 yards in four carries, nearly double what the Amherst Hurricanes did on the ground in 27 attempts.
"Getting that win tonight and then having the bye week, that really opens up a lot for us," said Hoosac lineman Adam Bush. "We're coming off a win. Morale is going to be up, but we also know in the back of our minds we have a tough opponent [South Hadley] coming up.
"That's going to be in our minds all week. It's going to make us work that much harder."
Working hard was the mantra of the week for coach Dayne Poirot's Hurricanes, who were beaten soundly last Friday night at Westfield, the No. 8 team in the inaugural Western Mass. football media poll. It didn't take Hoosac long to try and shake that loss off.
"We had that Friday night game. We came in on Saturday to get things squared up, watch some film," said Poirot.
The players got that the coaches were not happy with the performance at Westfield.
"It's a huge difference from last week to this week," Bush said. "We really knuckled down at practice and worked hard."
In the first quarter, it was Amherst working hard. The visitors had run 15 plays to two for Hoosac, but it was Hoosac with the lead thanks to a 27-yard touchdown run by sophomore backup quarterback Eugene, who had six carries for 85 yards.
Amherst got on the board at the end of a 15-play drive that spanned the first and second quarters. Amherst quarterback Miles Foerster, who was 8 of 15 for 146 yards and one interception, found Will Buddington in the end zone for a 17-yard touchdown. The drive was extended by a costly facemask penalty against Hoosac on fourth down.
Trailing 8-6, Hoosac got the ball back on its 27. Eleven plays later, David Critelli scored on a one-yard run. Hoosac converted two third-down plays, one on a 10-yard run by Brendan Ellsworth on the Amherst 27.
Following a three-and-out by Amherst, Hoosac went 64 yards in the final minute of the second quarter. Eugene scored on a 10-yard run and Hall ran in the two-point conversion. That made it 20-8. Amherst didn't get on the board again until the waning minutes of the fourth quarter.
Three different Hoosac runners gained 80 yards or better. Seven Hoosac players ran the ball, and there was only one negative play — a six-yard sack against Waterman.
"It just feels great, because I can trust every one of them with the ball," said Waterman, who still plays the majority of the game under center. "It's an awesome feeling to know I have these great guys behind me.
"Our O-line is working, moving guys, and our running backs fill the holes."
For the Hurricanes from the Pioneer Valley, it is farewell to Berkshire County teams for a while. Amherst lost to Wahconah last week and have been outscored by Berkshire teams 71-22 in two games. Amherst will play one more, Monument Mountain, on Sept. 30.
"Two tough games in a row," first-year Amherst coach Chris Ehorn Jr. said. "It was a good test for our team."
H—Vance Eugene 27 run (Run failed), 9:24.
A—Will Buddington 17 pass from Miles Foerster (Foerster run), 9:19.
H—David Critelli 1 run (Run failed), 3:05.
H—Eugene 10 run (Matt Hall run), 0:05.
H—Steve Stojda 21 run (Stojda run), 8:52.
H—Matt Hall 73 run (Brendan Ellsworth run), 7:08.
A—Foerster 3 run (Steven Steele Pass from Foerster), 4:34.
RUSHING—HV: Matt Hall 4-87, Vance Eugene 6-85, Brendan Ellsworth 9-58, Steve Stojda 9-84, David Critelli 4-15, Nick Waterman 1-(minus-6), Maxwell Shafer 2-6. A: Miles Foerster 10-33, Marcus Suom 11-14, Will Buddington 5-1, Dimitris Son 1-0.
PASSING—HV: Waterman 3-4-1 36. A: Foerster 8-15-1 146.
RECEIVING—HV: Hall 3-36. A: Buddington 4-73, Steele 2-48, Isaiah Rodriguez 1-6.