Hoosac Valley football knocks off Ware in battle of unbeatens
WARE— The message inside the Hoosac Valley huddle headed into the fourth quarter was focused on the type of impression they wanted to leave on Friday's game. The Hurricanes made their statement loud-and-clear, knocking off the Western Massachusetts D-VIII top-seeded Ware football team 38-27 to improve to 5-0 on the season.
"We played really well," sophomore quarterback Carson Meczywor said. "The backs ran well and the line was great — it was a good old road win."
The Hurricanes came out swinging on their opening drive, which ended with a three-yard touchdown run by Meczywor. Shaun Kastner and Liam Feeley did most of the heavy lifting on the drive and finished with a combined 190 yards on the ground. The Hurricane defense silenced the previously undefeated Ware (3-1) football team on its opening drive, setting up a 10-yard touchdown run from Kastner. Joe Delmolino added his second extra point of the day to make the score 14-0.
Ware's Rockeem Handfield proved to be a handful for the Hoosac Valley defense. The junior finished the day with 92 yards on 15 carries and ignited the offense with a 44-yard touchdown run. Keith Smith Jr. tip-toed his way to a two-point conversion on a pass from quarterback Dillon Slattery to make the score 14-8.
Six points was the closest Ware could get to catching the Hurricanes, however, as Feeley, who had 128 yards on the ground, punched his ninth touchdown on the season. The Berkshire County touchdown leader made the lead 20-8 and Kastner converted the two-point try on the ground.
Late in the second, Meczywor manipulated Ware's defense with his eyes before connecting with Izaha Stubbs for a 26-yard touchdown with three minutes remaining in the half.
"He's fast and is a great runner," Meczywor explained. "He is a great player to have on your team."
Stubbs finished the night with two touchdowns. The second came with 6:39 remaining as the senior sprinted into the end zone from 10 yards away. The Hurricanes have pushed through every battle they've been handed this season and are now in the drivers seat for the top spot in D-VIII.
Hoosac Valley has another road trip next Friday as they're headed to Belchertown. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
Hoosac Valley 7 23 0 8 — 38
Ware 0 14 12 7 — 27
HV — Carson Meczywor 3 run (Joe Delmolino kick), 5:43.
HV — Shaun Kastner 10 run (Delmolino kick), 11:19.
W —Rockeem Handfield 44 run (Keith Smith Jr. pass from Dillon Slattery), 8:50.
HV — Liam Feeley 3 run (Kastner run), 5:10.
HV — Izaha Stubbs 26 catch from Meczywor (No. 70 run), 3:11.
W — Slattery 2 run (run failed), 0:24.
W—Smith Jr. 20 pass from Slattery (pass failed), 10:59.
HV — Stubbs 10 run (No. 70 run), 6:39.
W — Smith Jr. 15 pass from Slattey (Smith Jr. xp), 2:39.
First downs 14 8
Rushes-yards 40-308 28-103
Att-Comp-Int 2-3-0 5-12-0
Passing yards 56 136
Total yards 364 242
Fumbles-lost 1-1 1-0
Turnovers 1 0
Penalties-yards 5-45 1-10
RUSHING — HV: Feeley 19-128, Kastner 7-62, Aaron Bush 4-34, Meczywor 4-24, Stubbs 6-60. W: Jack Auchter 1-3, Smith Jr. 2-6, Handfield 15-92, Slattery 6 - (-2).
PASSING — HV: Meczywor 2-3-56. W: Slattery 4-11-114, Kolby McDonell 1-1-22.
RECEIVING — HV: Stubbs 2-56. W: Smith Jr. 4-114. Myles McGrail 1-22.
Jake Mendel can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, at @JMendel94 on Twitter and 413-496-6252.
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