LEE - Undermanned and with an inexperienced quarterback making his first start, Lee High School played ball-control, smash-mouth football in defeating Pittsfield 6-0 Friday night.
Lee (3-2, 2-1 Berkshire County League) suited up only 26 players -- twice as many as the Generals. The most notable Wildcat out of the lineup, senior quarterback Deaglan Giarolo, was replaced by sophomore Cam Abderhalden. He was 7 of 18 for 60 yards and one interception, but showed the poise of a senior, coming up with big plays to keep his offense on the field.
"Cam is a hell of a player who works hard, and he never panicked," said junior defensive end Jake Brunell.
Following a mistake-filled first half that negated one Lee touchdown, Abderhalden engineered the game’s only scoring drive to start the second half. The Wildcats ran right at the Generals defense with a power running game that went 68 yards on 14 plays, capped by Dan Griffin’s 20-yard blast up the middle into the end zone.
The Wildcats not only chewed up 8 minutes, 30 seconds, but also Pittsfield’s defensive unit.
"You can’t win if you don’t control the line of scrimmage and that’s exactly what we did," Lee coach Keith Thomson said.
"We need to do a better job on the offensive and defensive line," Pittsfield coach Brian Jezewski said. "[Lee’s] offensive line beat us up pretty bad."
Lee ran twice as many offensive plays as Pittsfield, 59 to 30. When the Generals had the ball, the Wildcat defense managed to contain quarterback Chad Shade and slotback Devon Tucker.
Shade completed four of seven passes for 71 yards and was sacked three times, while Tucker carried the ball nine times for 61 yards.
"We kept their big-play guys in check," said Thomson.
The closest Pittsfield (3-2, 1-2 league) came to scoring was early in the fourth quarter, as the Generals drove to the Lee 28. But on a fourth-and-nine, Shade’s pass to Tucker five yards from the end zone was knocked away at the last second by Lee cornerback Matty Kelley.