McCann can't stop Eagles
NORTH ADAMS -- Shane Andrews rushed for 179 yards on 20 carries and Easthampton High School scored three times in the first 10 1/2 minutes of the game to power to a commanding 38-18 win over McCann Tech on Saturday afternoon.
"You can't fall behind by 20 points that early in the game," said Hornets coach Bob LeClair. "We just made too many mistakes today to win. That's been a problem all year for us."
The Eagles used three big plays, two of them after McCann turnovers, to record their first three scores.
The first came on a second down and eight from the Hornet 41-yard line on Easthampton's first possession. Andrews beat everyone to the corner on a sweep and was gone. The conversion run by Nate LaPlante made it 8-0.
Following the kickoff, Easthampton's Sam Brouder picked off Hornet quarterback Justin Cote and ran the football back to the Hornet 15. Three plays later, Lucious Burrell went wide again for a score.
There was more to follow. The Hornets seemed to have their equilibrium back, and Cote spearheaded a drive to the Easthampton 18. But a fumble gave the ball back to the visitors. Two plays later, it was Burrell once more, this time for 69 yards. It was 20-0 and the Hornets had run exactly 11 plays in the game.
The contest was a little more even after that. Which was bad news for the home fans. A brilliant 57-yard touchdown run by Cote cut the lead to 20-6. But on the next series, it was -- you guessed it -- Andrews on a 60-yard run. Cote hit end T.J. Therrien for a 30-yard touchdown score as the half was winding down. Easthampton led, 26-12 at the break.
An 11-play , 44-yard drive to open the second half pushed the Eagle lead to 32-12. LaPlante hit Hunter Leveille for an 18-yard score. As the quarter wound down, Cote hit Therrien for another touchdown pass to create a 32-18 margin. But Andrews capped his day with a 10-yard score.
Cote had a great day passing, completing 16 of 29 passes for 186 yards and two touchdowns. Therrien was his main target, pulling in eight passes for 117 yards.
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