Wahconah football scores early, holds off Pittsfield 40-36

Saturday September 15, 2012

DALTON -- The Wahconah football team was supposed to throw the ball in Week 1.

It turns out the Warriors wanted to just wait a week before they showed the rest of Berkshire County what quarterback Lane Grogan can do.

"We’re kind of playing mind games here and there," Grogan said. "We have a lot of things that we can do. We still haven’t shown a lot of stuff. I mean, a lot of options that we have to run the offense."

Grogan gave Wahconah a pretty good option on Friday, torching Pittsfield for 40 points in the first half before the Warriors held off a furious Generals rally in a 40-36 win. Grogan had a hand in every Wahconah touchdown, throwing for 169 yards (all in the first half). Darrow Brown caught 144 of those yards, including three touchdowns.

Two of Brown’s scores came in a 32-point second quarter when Wahconah turned a tie game into a blowout. Over one 5 minute, 23 second stretch in the period, Pittsfield had the ball for just 45 seconds and surrendered three touchdowns. That included a 60-yard interception return for a score from Grogan.

"These guys fought. Unfor tunately we had five bad plays in the first half," said Pittsfield coach Brian Jezewski. "They did a great job of attacking our weak spot right there and that’s something we’ve got to fix."

That weak spot was a young secondary Brown was able to poke holes in throughout the first half. Two of his touchdown catches were more than 20 yards and he another 30-yard reception that set up Grogan for a short scoring run.

Those catches were all on a simple out-and-up that Brown didn’t seem to get tired of.

"Once it worked the first time, coach [Gary Campbell, Jr.] knew it would work again," Brown said. "So we ran it again. It worked both times. Figured we’d keep going to it."

The Warriors needed all the points they could get when Pittsfield put 20 points up in the game’s final four minutes. Devon Tucker, Kyle Shade and Matt Salvatore all scored on the ground to make the game interesting. Chad Shade had two touchdowns -- including a 53-yard jaunt in the first quarter -- to finish with 79 yards on the ground. Devon Tucker led all rushers with 116 yards.

Jezewski gave credit to his team for sticking tough after the Generals trailed 40-8 at the half. After Salvatore scored with 3.7 seconds left, Pittsfield recovered an onside kick but couldn’t find the end zone on the game’s final play.

"I think naturally you don’t play as well as you could [in the second half]," Campbell said. "Certainly they came out more physical in the second half and we didn’t respond to that."


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