Hoosac Valley football team comes up just short to Chicopee Comp
Two plays earlier, quarterback Casey Meczywor just missed connecting on a big gain deep in Colts territory.
On fourth-and-five from the Colts' 13-yard line, Hoosac packed in its formation, putting two tight ends on the line of scrimmage and two backs in the back field. Everything about the formation screamed run up the gut. But Hoosac faked the run, going back to the same pass play from earlier, putting Meczywor on a bootleg to the right.
The Colts defense was ready, however, and defensive end Devin Donehue dropped into the flat and intercepted the pass. Comp ran out the clock from there, earning a 7-6 win on Friday.
"We thought that was our best option there," Hoosac coach Dayne Poirot said of the fourth-down pass. "Just a play where he's rolling and he's got to make a decision.
"It doesn't come down to that fourth down. It doesn't come down to the [missed] two-point conversion. It comes down to two or three plays throughout the game."
Hoosac's offense struggled with consistency throughout the game, but the Hurricanes came out with renewed energy to start the third quarter. The visitors grinded away, running left, right and up the middle with backs Liam Feeley and Joe Degere. On third-and-short from the Comp 24, Meczywor carried the pile on a QB sneak for a first down. Feeley followed with a nine-yard run, before Degere trucked a defender and rumbled into the end zone for the score, capping a nine-play — all runs — drive.
Hoosac went back to its bread-and-butter with the sweep to Feeley for the two-point conversion, but Comp was ready, stuffing the play and maintaining the lead.
Hoosac put together another strong drive late in the third quarter, leaning on the ground game and moving the ball to the Comp 25. Facing fourth-and-two, Comp stuffed the run again.
Hoosac's defense picked up the stalling offense, as Justin Meczywor picked off Comp QB Nate Lepage midway through the fourth. But the ensuing drive ended with the failed fourth-down pass.
Even with Hoosac's success on the ground, Comp coach Tony Couture said his players were not fooled on the two-point conversion or the critical fourth-down play in the final quarter.
"The defense did a great job after that first drive, regrouping and using better technique to make the plays they need to," he said.
"That last fourth down, [Hoosac] tried to go for broke. We weren't sure what we were going to see there. I was just happy the kids made the play."
This Friday night clash was billed as two teams with opposing philosophies. Hoosac loves to use its power running game, while Comp runs a four wide receiver spread offense. Hoosac did a great job of limiting the Comp offense, holding the Colts to just 67 yards passing, but Lepage needs just a few positive plays to find his rhythm.
The junior signal caller went 1 of 5 for zero yards before leading a touchdown drive. He found Anthony Folta for a short completion, and rushed for four yards and a first down.
The hosts kept it on the ground, running Lepage again, this time for five yards. On the next play he found Travis Kagan along the left sideline for a 32-yard gain. Four plays later, Lepage connected with Donahue over the middle for a 13-yard score.
The QB even kicked the extra point, putting the Colts ahead for good with 47 seconds left in the first half.
The loss drops Hoosac to 1-1 on the season. Despite the loss, Poirot said his players played better against Comp than they did in a win against Mount Greylock in Week 1.
"I thought that we did great defensively," he said. "I thought the kids worked hard. We've just got to be ready to execute the whole game."
Hoosac 0 0 6 0 — 6
Comp 0 7 0 0 — 7
C — Devin Donahue 13 pass from Nate Lepage (Lepage kick), :47.5
H — Joe Degere 8 run (run failed), 7:10.
First Downs 15 10
Rushes-yards 50-220 24-146
Comp-att-int 2-5-1 5-15-1
Passing yards 22 67
Penalties-yards 5-35 5-54
Fumbles-lost 3-0 0-0
RUSHING — Hoosac: Liam Feeler 20-134, Joe Degere 13-52, Casey Meczywor 8-4, Justin Meczywor 9-30. Comp: Nathan Conde 3-11, Isaias Gomez 13-99, Nate Lepage 7-41, Travis Kagan 1-(minus 5).
PASSING — Hoosac: C. Meczywor 2-5-1, 22. Comp: Lepage 5-15-1, 146
RECEIVING — Feeley 1-5, Sam Larabee 1-17. Comp: Nathaniel Whitehead 1-0, Anthony Folta 1-4, Travis Kagan 1-32, Devin Donahue 1-13, Gomez 1-18.
Akeem Glaspie can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, at @TheAkeemGlaspie on Twitter and 413-496-6252.
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