No. 4 Wahconah trounces No. 8 Pittsfield in football action at Wahconah Park
PITTSFIELD >> When the clock reached 0:00, the Wahconah coaches and football players looked up at the Wahconah Park scoreboard and truly couldn't believe what they saw.
"It went great, obviously," Wahconah quarterback Will Genaway said after the Warriors routed host Pittsfield, 60-6, in a battle of unbeaten teams on Friday night.
Genaway threw for 147 yards and four touchdowns, Tanner Hastings rushed for 105 yards and a score, the No. 4 Wahconah offense rang up 430 yards in total offense while the Warrior defense held No. 8 Pittsfield to a second-quarter touchdown and 98 yards in offense.
"I know what we can do. Sixty is a lot," said Genaway. "I knew I had confidence in my team that we were going to get the 'W.' I trust every one of them."
Wahconah scored the first five times it had the ball in the game, and added a sixth touchdown on a 52-yard punt return by Connor Washburn.
Washburn had quite the night for Wahconah. He caught three passes for 127 yards and scored on touchdowns of 24 and 67 yards.
"I don't care about the score. The only thing I care about is the effort which my kids did not play tonight," Pittsfield coach Brian Jezewski said. "That's not who we are.
"I'll take my hat off to Wahconah. They executed in every aspect of the game."
The Generals, playing before a healthy crowd at the historic ballpark on Wahconah Street, took the opening kickoff and promptly went three-and-out. A short punt gave Wahconah the ball on the PHS 28, and the Warriors scored in eight plays. Genaway hit Sam Henderson on a five-yard swing pass for the game's first touchdown.
What proved to be the winning score came on Wahconah's next series. A bad snap on a punt attempt gave the Warriors the ball on the PHS 24. Genaway found Washburn on a go pattern down the right sideline, and Washburn was untouched into the end zone.
Things went from bad to worse on the next series as Pittsfield had another three-and-out. Washburn fielded the punt at the Wahconah 48, cut to his right and danced through the Pittsfield punt team for the touchdown. That made it 20-0 after Patrick Butler's PAT kick.
It took Pittsfield until the second quarter to get in the end zone, but the Generals could only do it once as Wahconah won the battle in the trenches all night.
"It's extremely important. Against West Springfield, we didn't have the best run game. To get that back against a huge rival was very important," Wahconah offensive and defensive lineman Matt Cedar said. "We just have to play our keys. Our tackles do a great job of staying where they're supposed to be. They don't get fooled. We just get to the ball."
Wahconah coach Gary Campbell Jr. said that next Friday's home game against South Hadley is a big conference game. The Tigers and Warriors have become rivals over the years, and that is something that is not lost on the current group of Warriors.
"We've got to prepare for a great South Hadley team," said Genaway. "They're coming."
W—Sam Henderson 5 pass from Will Genaway (Patrick Butler kick), 6:42.
W—Connor Washburn 24 pass from Genaway (Kick failed), 4:40.
W—Washburn 52 punt return (Butler kick), 3:35.
W—Tanner Hastings 8 run (Butler kick), 11:52.
P—Edwin Rodriguez 2 run (Run failed), 9:32.
W—Washburn 67 pass from Genaway (Butler kick), 8:52.
W—Wyatt Schleicher 4 pass from Genaway (Kick blocked), 4:22.
W—Conner Noyes 38 run (Butler kick), 2:46.
W—Nate Zink 5 run (Tanner Hill kick), 11:07.
W—Zink 43 run (Kick failed), 8:35.
RUSHING — PHS: Tyrell Boire 5-4, Edwin Rodriguez 17-37, Griff Manns 2-5, Terrick Boire 4-1, D'Andre Johnson 2-(minus-2), Trevon Taylor 5-7. WRHS: Conner Noyes 8-79, Tanner Hastings 11-105, Will Genaway 6-6, Nate Zink 5-90, P.J. Pharmer 2-3, Jeremy Girard 1-0.
PASSING — PHS: Ty. Boire 3-10-1 46. WRHS: Genaway 6-10-0 147.
RECEIVING — PHS: Ter. Boire 3-46. WRHS: Connor Washburn 3-127, Sam Henderson 1-5, Tanner Campbell 1-11, Wyatt Schleicher 1-4.
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