Photo Gallery | Pittsfield football tops Easthampton in season opener
PITTSFIELD >> It wasn't a perfect start for the Pittsfield football team. It was, however, more than good enough to walk out of Wahconah Park victorious.
Edwin Rodriguez ran for a game-high 145 yards and scored two touchdowns — one on a 47-yard punt return — while Tyrell Boire rushed for 106 yards and scored a touchdown as the Generals opened 2016 with a resounding 30-8 win over Easthampton Friday night.
"It feels great" to get the opening-night win, said Boire, who also completed two passes to his brother, Terrick. "The coaches have been going at us hard all week in practice, making sure that we learned everything and were comfortable on the field."
What made the game a little less than perfect for Pittsfield head coach Brian Jezewski was the fact that the Generals (1-0) fumbled four times in the game, losing three. Two of those lost fumbles came in the second half.
"Our guys do a wonderful job. Most of these guys out here are three or four years into the program. They know our expectations," said Jezewski. "Our guys did a really good job. We turned the ball over and shot ourselves in the foot, as did Easthampton. I thought our offensive line did a wonderful job at the end of the game when we needed it. When we needed the yards, we got it."
Pittsfield outgained Easthampton 349 yards to 137. There were nine turnovers in the game as both the Generals and Eagles lost three fumbles. Easthampton quarterback Max Weir was intercepted three times, including one pick by linebacker Shawn Morgan for a 60-yard touchdown midway through the fourth quarter.
"It's frustrating. The only reason it's frustrating is because we think we beat ourselves," Weir said. "I think there were [six] turnovers, unforced errors that we made. Take those away, and we're right in a game against a good team in the first week."
It was a Pittsfield turnover that ended up giving the Generals the lead, and the momentum, for keeps.
Pittsfield and Easthampton had traded second-quarter touchdowns and the game was tied at 8 when Pittsfield took over on its 19-yard line. Nine plays later, the Generals had the ball third-and-goal on the Easthampton 7. Rodriguez got the call, but fumbled the ball into the end zone. The ball rolled out of play and Easthampton had the touchback.
The Eagles were forced to punt and David Helems boomed the ball from his 11 to the 47, where Rodriguez caught it. He was virtually untouched into the end zone. So the senior got back the touchdown he thought he had a few minutes earlier.
"I'd seen a lot of players coming on one side, so I went to the left, cut back to the right," said Rodriguez. "I guess they fell for it."
And as to the makeup call?
"Well, back from the fumble was a big deal for me," said the senior back. "Coach wanted me to do it, so I did it for him."
Easthampton only made it into Pittsfield territory once in the second half, and that drive was stopped when Tyler Perrone fumbled and Deonte Young recovered.
Jezewski was smiling after the game because the Generals won, and because he said it is much easier to fix what went wrong after a win.
"The mistakes we made are all coachable mistakes," said the PHS coach, "turning the ball over and fundamental mistakes like that. We'll get back to work and we'll take care of that stuff."
P—Edwin Rodriguez 3 run (Griff Manns pass from Tyrell Boire), 9:31.
EH—Camdel Kelly 30 pass from Max Weir (David Helems pass from Weir), 5:40.
P—Rodriguez 47 punt return (Run failed), 0:07.
P—Tyrell Boire 9 run (Rodriguez run), 9:38.
P—Shawn Morgan 60 interception return (Manns run), 5:30.
RUSHING — EH: Nick Tausendfreund 13-43, David Helems 1-12, Camden Kelly 3-3, Max Weir 3-(minus 16), Tyler Perrone 9-48. P: Tyrell Boire 24-111, Edwin Rodriguez 18-145, Terrick Boire 3-7, Griff Manns 2-8, Trevon Taylor 3-38.
PASSING — EH: Weir 3-10-3 47. P: Tyrell Boire 2-4-0 40.
RECEIVING — EH: Damien Diluzio 1-5, Helems 1-12, Kelly 1-30. PL Terrick Boire 2-40.
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