PITTSFIELD -- Not much can happen in four seconds, right?
Pittsfield High School's Ty Discoe proved on Saturday that's all the time you need to change a football game. The senior's 59-yard touchdown bomb to Kyle Shade in the dying moments of the first half turned a four-point game into an eventual 18-8 win over Taconic at Wahconah Park.
"I was thinking don't fumble and don't get sacked," Discoe said. "I saw them coming in on me, so I rolled out and then I saw Kyle Shade past his man, wide open down the field. So I threw it."
That play stopped Taconic's momentum cold and gave the Generals (3-4, 3-4 Berkshire County) a big boost heading into the half. Pittsfield had led 12-0 early in the second quarter off a pair of a touchdown runs from Dominic Traversa, who finished the day with 65 rushes on 16 carries.
The Braves (2-5, 2-4) responded with a 13-play, 65-yard drive that cut the lead to just four points on a touchdown pass from Drew Scace to Jake Hescock with 3:22 left in the period. After the teams traded turnovers, Taconic went for it on fourth down on the Pittsfield 41-yard line, but Scace's pass fell incomplete.
"We got to stay aggressive," said Braves coach Vin Barbarotta. "We wanted to score there. We were confident enough with Drew throwing it."
The turnover on downs gave Pittsfield one last play, and Discoe made the most of it. He was in at quarterback after starter Chad Shade was injured making a tackle on the previous possession.
"Ty's a senior and he made a senior play," said Generals coach Brian Jezewski. "I'm real proud of him. He's played every position on the field where we've asked him to play."
The Braves couldn't get the momentum back in the second half, despite 98 yards on the ground from Trayvon Sims. Barbarotta said his team was without nine starters due to injury, including quarterback Troy Ziter and utility man Jordan Barbarotta.
Taconic pinned Pittsfield inside its own 1-yard line early in the third, but couldn't get a safety or convert favorable field position into points. The Braves' final two possessions ended in interceptions. Discoe's pass just seemed to put the game out of reach.
"It changed our momentum pretty much," Sims said. "We went down from there, came out with a bang in the third and we just died out."
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