Wahconah football steamrolls way past Agawam in 44-7 win

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DALTON — It didn't take long for last year's Western Mass. Division IV champions to return to form on Friday night, as Wahconah rolled to a 44-7 win over Agawam at Wahconah Regional High School. In the win, Jeremy Girard, Wahconah's starting quarterback was carted off early in the third-quarter and did not return to the game.

Agawam started the game with a short drive, punting to Dane Campbell. Campbell returned the punt 73 yards for the Warriors' first touchdown of the 2017 season. Patrick Butler added the extra point, giving Wahconah a 7-0 lead three minutes into the game.

"We worked on special teams a lot during the preseason," Wahconah coach Gary Campbell Jr. said. "The special teams got us jump started. Dane's return was awesome, weaving in and out of defenders, doing what he does. It gave our kids a breath of confidence and was a good jump start."

On their following possession, Agawam found themselves driving into Warriors territory, but a 13-yard sack by Bob Archambault forced the Brownies to punt. On their next drive, Girard lead the Warriors down the field, ending the drive with a 20-yard touchdown pass to Tom Burris Jr. who had to fight over the defender to make the catch. Butler added the extra point, giving the Warriors a 14-0 lead in the second quarter.

"It was a great experience," Burris said. "We have a lot of young guys and it is great to see them stepping up on both sides of the ball. Every time a ball is in the air, I think it is my ball. I just compete for the ball and try to make the play."

With a 14-0 lead, the Warrior defense started to apply pressure to Agawam quarterback Zack Pernie. Connor Noyes and Tanner Hill met at the quarterback for a 8-yard sack on third down, forcing Agawam to punt for the third time in three drives.

"I think with a young team they were getting more comfortable as the game went on," Campbell said. "Once the defense started to make some plays they really got rolling."

In the second quarter, the Warriors started to lean on Tanner Hasting and Connor Noyes in the running game, gashing the Agawam defense. The duo brought Wahconah down to the one-yard line, before Girard finished the drive off with a quarterback sneak, making the score 20-0 with 5:48 left in the second quarter.

The Warriors deferred to start the game, giving them the ball to start the second half. On their first play from scrimmage, Girard scrambled for 15-yards before being taken down. Girard was then carted off with a shoulder injury. As a result, Tim Clayton came in at quarterback.

"I hope Jeremy is well, he was having a great game," Campbell said. "We hope it is nothing major. Our backup came in and did a great great job. We have a lot of confidence in Tim Clayton."

In his first drive at quarterback, Clayton found Campbell in the back of the end zone on a 13-yard touchdown with 7:54 remaining in the third quarter. The extra point made the score 27-0.

On the next Warriors' possession, Clayton connected with Burris 37 yards through the air for his second touchdown of the game. The touchdown game the Warriors a 34-point lead. Agawam then fumbled the following kickoff, leading to a Butler field goal, making the score 37-0 in the fourth quarter.

Agawam found the end zone with 5:53 remaining in the game as Adam Krafcik punched it in.

Ethan Scott then relieved Clayton at quarterback for the Warriors. On Wahconah's next drive he changed directions three times, but found the end zone on a 13-yard touchdown run. Butler's extra point made the score 44-7.

Wahconah's next game will be against Taconic next Friday at Wahconah Park.

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Agawam     0     0     0     7          7

Wahconah     7     13     14     10          44

First Quarter

W — Dane Campbell 73-yard kick return (Butler kick), 9:26.

Second Quarter

W — Tom Burris 20 pass from Jeremy Girard (Butler kick), 8:50

W — Jeremy Girard 1-yard run (kick failed), 5:48.

Third Quarter

W — Dane Campbell 13 pass from Tim Clayton (Butler kick), 7:54.

W — Tom Burris 37 pass from Tim Clayton (Butler kick), 2:45.

Fourth Quarter

W — Butler Field Goal, 11:45

A — Adam Krafcik 6-yard run (Paige kick), 5:53.

W — Ethan Scott 13-yard run (Butler kick), 4:34.

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