McCann Tech stumbles against Ware in football home opener

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NORTH ADAMS>> The Ware Indians spoiled McCann Tech's home opener, winning 32-0 on Saturday. The Hornets were never able to find their rhythm, losing to Ware for the first time since 2009.

The Indians won the game at the line of scrimmage, and it started on the first drive of the game. Ware forced a quick three-and-out on McCann's first drive of the game, forcing them to punt.

The Hornets started their drive on their own 42-yard line, and it didn't take long for them to start taking shots down field. On second and-eight, quarterback Ryan Johnson was able to find running back Hunter Miller for a 20-yard completion.

McCann tried to find its footing, and forced the Indians into a fourth-and-seven situation, but Johnson hit Jeff Desjardin on a comeback route for 13 yards to give Ware a first down in the red zone. Four plays later, Jake Crevier punched it in from the three-yard-line. Crevier added on the extra point, as well, to make it 7-0.

In the second, Johnson scored on a quarterback keeper to make the score 13-0. Crevier topped off the four-play, 52-yard drive with the extra point, making the score 14-0.

When McCann got the ball back, the Hornets still had trouble getting into their rhythm. Quarterback Mike Ferrara started the drive with a four-yard keeper, but threw an interception two players later when his intended receiver tripped five yards past the line of scrimmage.

On the next play, McCann's Chad Zappone sacked Johnson, but on second and long, Johnson bounced back and hit Miller, who was lined up in the slot, for a 32-yard gain. Johnson followed up the big pass with an 18-yard quarterback keeper to make the score 20-0.

"We have a spread offense and can pass the ball as well as run the ball," Ware first-year coach William Gallagher said. "McCann has a great program, to come here and get a win is tough. We can't be happier with how our players played."

Ware started the second half with the ball, but McCann's defense forced them to a three-and-out to start the second half. Two plays later, Ware forced a fumble to get the ball back.

Johnson and the Ware offense put together an eight play drive that ended on a touchdown pass from Johnson to Devin Slattery on a slant route over the middle. After a missed extra point, Ware led 26-0.

McCann missed a fourth-down opportunity to start the fourth, giving Ware the ball back on their own 44 yard line. On the very next play, Miller bounced a run outside for a 56-yard touchdown that gave the game its final scoreline.

"I tried to do things we have had success with over the years," Coach Bob LeClair said. " [The Indians] were able to take everything away on offense. They outplayed us in every aspect of the game."

McCann (1-1) looks to bounce back next week as they play Pioneer Valley.

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First Quarter

W — Jake Creiver 3 run (Creiver kick), 2:04.

Second Quarter

W — Ryan Johnson 3 run (Creiver kick), 10:13.

W — Johnson 18 run (kick failed), 6:40.

Third Quarter

W — Johnson 12 pass from Devin Slattery (kick failed), 2:59.

Fourth Quarter

W — Johnson 56 run (kick failed), 9:59.


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