Drury, Pittsfield football teams set for Thursday showdown

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PITTSFIELD — The season came to an end for both Pittsfield and the co-op of Mount Greylock and Drury last week, but there is still meaningful football to be played. The Generals and Blue Devils have two crossover games to get some ideas of what next season's team would look like, and the first of those games will be Thursday when Drury heads to Gene Dellea Field for a 6 p.m. kickoff. Welcome to Jake Mendel's guide to postseason scouting.

It was a tough season for Pittsfield (2-6), but they'll return almost all of its play makers next season. Patrick Rindfuss will have another year to grow at quarterback for the Generals. In fact, 2019 was a season of development for the young play caller. As the season went on the Pittsfield began to air the ball out more and found success in the passing game. Emmanuel Nda will also be back and while he can do most of the heavy lifting on the ground, every coach's dream is to have a balanced offensive assault. However, the Generals will be losing plenty of talent in the trenches and may use the next two weeks to see who is willing to take that next step.

Drury's season was highlighted by an impressive five-game winning streak and the program is clearly headed in the right direction. With that in mind, the Blue Devils (5-3) are graduating ten players including the starting running back, quarterback and members of the back seven on defense. Coach Al Marceau may use these games to test the waters on some players who flashed in limited playing time. Anthony Pettengill made his name known on a limited basis and is the only player listed as a quarterback who is returning next season. He may also see some responsibility at corner back with Danny Cartmill and Keeghan Vidal graduating.

Skyler Richards was another young play maker for the Blue Devils who will have a bigger role. The freshmen had a strong season as the number-two cornerback and could become a two-way player. Most of Berkshire County will have its eyes on Louis Guillotte, who will take over as Drury's lead back after Dante Woodson started throughout 2019. The young back flashed potential of one of Berkshire County's best play makers in 2019. Can he capitalize on the opportunities of a featured back?

These games won't matter in terms of wins and loses, but they are key for teams looking to smooth a transition or develop players at key positions.

Jake Mendel can be reached at jmendel@berkshireeagle.com, at @JMendel94 on Twitter and 413-496-6252.

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