Hoosac Valley football team blanks Pittsfield, 32-0
PITTSFIELD — Coming into Friday night's game, Hoosac Valley had a pair of hurdles to clear in its effort to finish the regular season perfectly and win the Suburban North title. The Hurricanes cleared a pretty big one at Wahconah Park.
Quarterback Vance Eugene threw two touchdown passes and the visiting Hurricanes scored all of their touchdowns on big plays as they beat Pittsfield, 32-0.
Hoosac had 310 yards in total offense, but 151 of them came on the four touchdown plays.
And when was all said and done, the Hurricanes handed out three player-of-the night awards. One of them went to Nick Waterman, who caught a 36-yard touchdown pass from Eugene with 57 seconds left in the first half.
"The belt is for 'Hurricane of the Week.' It goes to the [people] who work hard in practice and have a good game," said Waterman. "I've gotten two of the belts so far. It's pretty cool."
It was not an easy night for Hoosac. The Pittsfield defense did well most of the time. Unfortunately for the Generals, they were gashed on four big scoring plays.
"They were just being aggressive," Eugene said. "They worked hard tonight. We found our momentum, and got stuff done."
Hoosac (7-0, 4-0 in Suburban North) has a leg up in the race for the Suburban North title. South Hadley, winners over Taconic, and Chicopee both have 3-1 records. So it would take a Hoosac loss to Commerce next week to forge a tie.
Hoosac scored the first time it had the ball, going 37 yards on five plays. The Hurricanes converted a fourth down on a five-yard run by Matt Hall, and then David Critelli went 25 yards for the touchdown on the next play. The two-point conversion made it 8-0.
The game turned on a series late in the first quarter. Pittsfield had the ball on its 30 and it was third-and-17, when quarterback D'Andre Johnson threw a deep ball to Noah Beckwith. Beckwith was tackled by Izaha Stubbs on the Hoosac eight, saving a touchdown.
Unfortunately for PHS, the Generals marched backwards after the catch. On second-and-goal from the 16, Eugene picked off a Johnson pass to blunt the drive.
Hoosac took over on its seven. On the seventh play of the drive, Donald Monsees broke through the PHS defensive line and shifted into another gear. He went 45 yards for a back-breaking touchdown.
"That's tough," Pittsfield coach Brian Jezewski. "You can't make mistakes against a team like that."
If that wasn't bad enough, the Hurricanes made it 24-0 on a touchdown with 57 seconds to play in the half. Eugene aired it out to Waterman, who got behind the PHS secondary.
"We have kids that are athletes that can make some big plays," Hoosac coach Dayne Poirot said. "I think that's important. We didn't have as much consistency offensively, but they made some explosive plays."
Statistically, the night belonged to Hoosac Valley. The Hurricanes ran only 45 plays to Pittsfield's 40, but they outgained the Generals 310 total yards to 91. Pittsfield ran the ball 28 times for 57 yards.
"Defensively, we've been playing really well for the last couple of weeks," said Jezewski. "Their defensive line did a number on our offensive line."
Hoosac Valley 8 16 2 6 — 32
Pittsfield 0 0 0 0 — 0
HV — David Critelli 25 run (Nick Waterman pass from Vance Eugene), 6:57.
HV — Donald Monsees 45 run (Waternman pass from Eugene), 7:10.
HV — Waterman 36 pass from Eugene (Eugene run), 0:57.
HV — Safety, Pittsfield recovers fumble in end zone, 3:54.
HV — Isaha Stubbs 45 pass from Eugene (Run failed), 9:17.
First Downs 9 13
Rushes-Yards 28-57 36-204
Passing yards 34 106
Comp-Att-Int 7-12-1 4-9-1
Punts-Avg. 3-28.3 3-32.3
Fumbles-Lost 2-1 0-0
Penalties-Yards 3-20 9-85
RUSHING — PHS: Edwin Rodriguez 7-13, D'Andre Johnson 3-(minus-15), Jamal Beda 2-19, Joe Traversa 1-2, Trevon Taylor 1-11, Joe Martel 2-(minus-1), Emmanuel Nda 6-37, Sincere Moorer 5-9. HV: Matt Hall 9-21, Vance Eugene 7-42, Donald Monsees 5-66, David Critelli 11-67, Liam Feeley 1-1, Logan Leja 1-3, Casey Meczywor 1-4, Justin Meczywor 1-3.
PASSING — PHS: Johnson 7-11-1 34. Martel 0-1-1 0. HV: Eugene 4-9-1 106.
RECEIVING — PHS: Beda 2-15, Noah Beckwith 1-62, Sebastian Guilce 1-7, Brandon Murray 1-4, Traversa 1-(minus-1). HV: Monsees 1-24, Nick Waterman 1-36, Hall 1-0, Izaha Stubbs 1-46.
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