Lee football team posts win on Senior Night

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LEE — It was Senior Night, and it was possibly Lee's last home game in 2019.

The Wildcats scored the game's final 21 points, had nearly 300 yards in total offense and held Belchertown to 54 yards in total offense in the second half, en route to a decisive 35-6 win Friday night at John J. Consolati Field.

"It means a lot. We didn't want to end our last game on this field on a bad note," Lee's Tag Roosa said. "We needed to beat this team. It all came together."

Roosa had a big hand in the game, scoring a pair of second-half touchdowns. The senior back scored on a five-yard run in the third quarter and then picked off a pass from Belchertown quarterback Cam Otto and took it 90 yards for a touchdown.

"I had just told Jack Purcell the play before that there was going to be an interception," Roosa said. "It felt pretty nice. Everything was wide open. I got a good block from Gabe [Kelley], and I was gone."

And with it, Belchertown's hold on the No. 4 spot in the Division V power ratings might have gone with it. The Orioles came into the game with a rating of 11.20, just behind West Springfield's 11.50 and just ahead of Easthampton's 10.0.

That's why before the game, Wildcat coach Keith Thomson had called this a "must-win" game for both teams. Lee (4-3) had entered the night with a 10.08 rating, just ahead of No. 5 Mahar (10.00) and behind Drury (10.80).

"I thought what stood out tonight is that we asserted ourselves up front, especially on the offensive line," Thomson said. "I thought those guys did a great job tonight opening up holes. I thought we were a consistent as we've been for four quarters on the offensive side of the ball."

The Wildcats scored touchdowns in all three facets of the game. The special teams score opened the game.

Belchertown won the toss and elected to defer to the second half. Hunter Klingensmith booted the ball to the 15-yard line, where Lee's Cam Freeman fielded the ball. He broke through the defense and turned on the afterburners for an 85-yard touchdown run. Luke Patella's PAT kick made it 7-0, just 13 seconds into the game.

A holding penalty on the kickoff return gave the Orioles the ball on their 22-yard line. They converted a pair of third downs, ran nine plays and had the ball on the Lee nine. Two runs by Cal Daskam accounted for two yards and a bad pitch by Otto forced the Orioles into a fourth-and-goal at the 16. But Otto's pass to Daskam was incomplete, and the Wildcats got the ball back on their 16.

Lee marched to the Belchertown 45, when on fourth down, Jack Purcell broke down the right side and nobody caught him. The touchdown and kick gave Lee a 14-0 lead, and that's where the game changed.

"You get that quick one, and I mentioned it to them before they started their drive that there's a lot of football left. Don't get complacent here," Thomson said. "They put together a good drive. We bent but we didn't break. Once we got that stop and came down and scored, you could feel the energy level on the sideline raised, and the rest is kind of history."

Belchertown coach Ed Wyzik, a former Berkshire Mountaineers semi-pro football teammate of Thomson, lamented the missed opportunities. The Orioles had the ball four times in the first half, scored once, but had two drives stall inside the Wildcat red zone.

"We have to finish drives," he said. "We get down in the red zone and we don't score. The wind might have been a factor a little bit in passing, so we tried to run. They stopped our counters pretty good after our first drive."

Belchertown cut Lee's lead to 14-7 after an interception thrown by quarterback Jimmy Purcell. It took the Orioles two plays before Sam Winston scored on a 19-yard run.

The Wildcats answered that with a nine-play touchdown drive. They went 61 yards, did not have a third-down on the drive, got a big 33-yard first-down pass from Purcell to Roosa, before Kelley scored on a four-yard run.

Lee's Jack Purcell almost outrushed the entire Belchertown team. The Orioles ran for 122 yards on 30 carries, while Purcell had 113 yards on 13 carries. Kelley went for 53 yards on 12 carries. Daskam paced Belchertown with 78 of his team's 122 yards.

Lee is off next week, and will go to Ludlow to wrap up the regular season.

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Belchertown     0     6     0     0     —     6

Lee     14     7     7     7     —     35

First Quarter

L — Cam Freeman 85 kickoff return (Luke Patella kick), 11:47.

L — Jack Purcell 45 run (Patella kick), 1:24.

Second Quarter

B — Sam Winston 19 run (Kick failed), 4:59.

L — Gabe Kelley 4 run (Patella kick), 1:04.

Third Quarter

L — Tag Roosa 5 fun (Patella kick), 2:04.

Fourth Quarter

L — Roosa 90 interception return (Patella kick), 6:42.

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     LEE     BEL

First Downs     15     11

Rushes-Yards     39-220     30-122

Passing Yards     76     93

Comp-Att-Int     6-15-2     5-17-2

Punts-Avg.     2-29.5     3-26.7

Fumbles-Lost     1-0     1-1

Penalties-Yards     5-52     3-25

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INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING — Bel: Sam Winston 9-34, Cal Daskam 12-78, Cam Otto 3-6, Juadiel Fuentes 1-1, Matt Czupryna 3-1, Owen Sedlaeck 2-4. Lee: Jack Purcell 13-113, Gabe Kelley 12-53, Garrett Hopkins 1-1, Tag Roosa 3-18, Jimmy Purcell 7-6, Nick Nicotra 2-12, Max Brighenti 2-17.

PASSING — Bel: Otto 5-17-2 93. Lee: Jimmy Purcell 6-15-2 76.

RECEIVING — Bel: Hunter Klingensmith 2-64, Winston 2-25, Daskam 1-4. Lee: Hopkins 1-14, Luke Patella 1-10, Roosa 2-40, Kelley 2-12.

Lee     14     7     7     7     —     35

First Quarter

L — Cam Freeman 85 kickoff return (Luke Patella kick), 11:47.

L — Jack Purcell 45 run (Patella kick), 1:24.

Second Quarter

B — Sam Winston 19 run (Kick failed), 4:59.

L — Gabe Kelley 4 run (Patella kick), 1:04.

Third Quarter

L — Tag Roosa 5 fun (Patella kick), 2:04.

Fourth Quarter

L — Roosa 90 interception return (Patella kick), 6:42.

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     LEE     BEL

First Downs     15     11

Rushes-Yards     39-220     30-122

Passing Yards     76     93

Comp-Att-Int     6-15-2     5-17-2

Punts-Avg.     2-29.5     3-26.7

Fumbles-Lost     1-0     1-1

Penalties-Yards     5-52     3-25

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INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING — Bel: Sam Winston 9-34, Cal Daskam 12-78, Cam Otto 3-6, Juadiel Fuentes 1-1, Matt Czupryna 3-1, Owen Sedlaeck 2-4. Lee: Jack Purcell 13-113, Gabe Kelley 12-53, Garrett Hopkins 1-1, Tag Roosa 3-18, Jimmy Purcell 7-6, Nick Nicotra 2-12, Max Brighenti 2-17.

PASSING — Bel: Otto 5-17-2 93. Lee: Jimmy Purcell 6-15-2 76.

RECEIVING — Bel: Hunter Klingensmith 2-64, Winston 2-25, Daskam 1-4. Lee: Hopkins 1-14, Luke Patella 1-10, Roosa 2-40, Kelley 2-12.

First Quarter

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L — Cam Freeman 85 kickoff return (Luke Patella kick), 11:47.

L — Jack Purcell 45 run (Patella kick), 1:24.

Second Quarter

B — Sam Winston 19 run (Kick failed), 4:59.

L — Gabe Kelley 4 run (Patella kick), 1:04.

Third Quarter

L — Tag Roosa 5 fun (Patella kick), 2:04.

Fourth Quarter

L — Roosa 90 interception return (Patella kick), 6:42.

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     LEE     BEL

First Downs     15     11

Rushes-Yards     39-220     30-122

Passing Yards     76     93

Comp-Att-Int     6-15-2     5-17-2

Punts-Avg.     2-29.5     3-26.7

Fumbles-Lost     1-0     1-1

Penalties-Yards     5-52     3-25

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INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING — Bel: Sam Winston 9-34, Cal Daskam 12-78, Cam Otto 3-6, Juadiel Fuentes 1-1, Matt Czupryna 3-1, Owen Sedlaeck 2-4. Lee: Jack Purcell 13-113, Gabe Kelley 12-53, Garrett Hopkins 1-1, Tag Roosa 3-18, Jimmy Purcell 7-6, Nick Nicotra 2-12, Max Brighenti 2-17.

PASSING — Bel: Otto 5-17-2 93. Lee: Jimmy Purcell 6-15-2 76.

RECEIVING — Bel: Hunter Klingensmith 2-64, Winston 2-25, Daskam 1-4. Lee: Hopkins 1-14, Luke Patella 1-10, Roosa 2-40, Kelley 2-12.

First Downs     15     11

Rushes-Yards     39-220     30-122

Passing Yards     76     93

Comp-Att-Int     6-15-2     5-17-2

Punts-Avg.     2-29.5     3-26.7

Fumbles-Lost     1-0     1-1

Penalties-Yards     5-52     3-25

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INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING — Bel: Sam Winston 9-34, Cal Daskam 12-78, Cam Otto 3-6, Juadiel Fuentes 1-1, Matt Czupryna 3-1, Owen Sedlaeck 2-4. Lee: Jack Purcell 13-113, Gabe Kelley 12-53, Garrett Hopkins 1-1, Tag Roosa 3-18, Jimmy Purcell 7-6, Nick Nicotra 2-12, Max Brighenti 2-17.

PASSING — Bel: Otto 5-17-2 93. Lee: Jimmy Purcell 6-15-2 76.

RECEIVING — Bel: Hunter Klingensmith 2-64, Winston 2-25, Daskam 1-4. Lee: Hopkins 1-14, Luke Patella 1-10, Roosa 2-40, Kelley 2-12.

Rushes-Yards     39-220     30-122

Passing Yards     76     93

Comp-Att-Int     6-15-2     5-17-2

Punts-Avg.     2-29.5     3-26.7

Fumbles-Lost     1-0     1-1

Penalties-Yards     5-52     3-25

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INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING — Bel: Sam Winston 9-34, Cal Daskam 12-78, Cam Otto 3-6, Juadiel Fuentes 1-1, Matt Czupryna 3-1, Owen Sedlaeck 2-4. Lee: Jack Purcell 13-113, Gabe Kelley 12-53, Garrett Hopkins 1-1, Tag Roosa 3-18, Jimmy Purcell 7-6, Nick Nicotra 2-12, Max Brighenti 2-17.

PASSING — Bel: Otto 5-17-2 93. Lee: Jimmy Purcell 6-15-2 76.

RECEIVING — Bel: Hunter Klingensmith 2-64, Winston 2-25, Daskam 1-4. Lee: Hopkins 1-14, Luke Patella 1-10, Roosa 2-40, Kelley 2-12.

Passing Yards     76     93

Comp-Att-Int     6-15-2     5-17-2

Punts-Avg.     2-29.5     3-26.7

Fumbles-Lost     1-0     1-1

Penalties-Yards     5-52     3-25

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INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING — Bel: Sam Winston 9-34, Cal Daskam 12-78, Cam Otto 3-6, Juadiel Fuentes 1-1, Matt Czupryna 3-1, Owen Sedlaeck 2-4. Lee: Jack Purcell 13-113, Gabe Kelley 12-53, Garrett Hopkins 1-1, Tag Roosa 3-18, Jimmy Purcell 7-6, Nick Nicotra 2-12, Max Brighenti 2-17.

PASSING — Bel: Otto 5-17-2 93. Lee: Jimmy Purcell 6-15-2 76.

RECEIVING — Bel: Hunter Klingensmith 2-64, Winston 2-25, Daskam 1-4. Lee: Hopkins 1-14, Luke Patella 1-10, Roosa 2-40, Kelley 2-12.

Comp-Att-Int     6-15-2     5-17-2

Punts-Avg.     2-29.5     3-26.7

Fumbles-Lost     1-0     1-1

Penalties-Yards     5-52     3-25

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INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING — Bel: Sam Winston 9-34, Cal Daskam 12-78, Cam Otto 3-6, Juadiel Fuentes 1-1, Matt Czupryna 3-1, Owen Sedlaeck 2-4. Lee: Jack Purcell 13-113, Gabe Kelley 12-53, Garrett Hopkins 1-1, Tag Roosa 3-18, Jimmy Purcell 7-6, Nick Nicotra 2-12, Max Brighenti 2-17.

PASSING — Bel: Otto 5-17-2 93. Lee: Jimmy Purcell 6-15-2 76.

RECEIVING — Bel: Hunter Klingensmith 2-64, Winston 2-25, Daskam 1-4. Lee: Hopkins 1-14, Luke Patella 1-10, Roosa 2-40, Kelley 2-12.

Punts-Avg.     2-29.5     3-26.7

Fumbles-Lost     1-0     1-1

Penalties-Yards     5-52     3-25

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INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING — Bel: Sam Winston 9-34, Cal Daskam 12-78, Cam Otto 3-6, Juadiel Fuentes 1-1, Matt Czupryna 3-1, Owen Sedlaeck 2-4. Lee: Jack Purcell 13-113, Gabe Kelley 12-53, Garrett Hopkins 1-1, Tag Roosa 3-18, Jimmy Purcell 7-6, Nick Nicotra 2-12, Max Brighenti 2-17.

PASSING — Bel: Otto 5-17-2 93. Lee: Jimmy Purcell 6-15-2 76.

RECEIVING — Bel: Hunter Klingensmith 2-64, Winston 2-25, Daskam 1-4. Lee: Hopkins 1-14, Luke Patella 1-10, Roosa 2-40, Kelley 2-12.

Fumbles-Lost     1-0     1-1

Penalties-Yards     5-52     3-25

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INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING — Bel: Sam Winston 9-34, Cal Daskam 12-78, Cam Otto 3-6, Juadiel Fuentes 1-1, Matt Czupryna 3-1, Owen Sedlaeck 2-4. Lee: Jack Purcell 13-113, Gabe Kelley 12-53, Garrett Hopkins 1-1, Tag Roosa 3-18, Jimmy Purcell 7-6, Nick Nicotra 2-12, Max Brighenti 2-17.

PASSING — Bel: Otto 5-17-2 93. Lee: Jimmy Purcell 6-15-2 76.

RECEIVING — Bel: Hunter Klingensmith 2-64, Winston 2-25, Daskam 1-4. Lee: Hopkins 1-14, Luke Patella 1-10, Roosa 2-40, Kelley 2-12.

Penalties-Yards     5-52     3-25

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INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING — Bel: Sam Winston 9-34, Cal Daskam 12-78, Cam Otto 3-6, Juadiel Fuentes 1-1, Matt Czupryna 3-1, Owen Sedlaeck 2-4. Lee: Jack Purcell 13-113, Gabe Kelley 12-53, Garrett Hopkins 1-1, Tag Roosa 3-18, Jimmy Purcell 7-6, Nick Nicotra 2-12, Max Brighenti 2-17.

PASSING — Bel: Otto 5-17-2 93. Lee: Jimmy Purcell 6-15-2 76.

RECEIVING — Bel: Hunter Klingensmith 2-64, Winston 2-25, Daskam 1-4. Lee: Hopkins 1-14, Luke Patella 1-10, Roosa 2-40, Kelley 2-12.

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INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING — Bel: Sam Winston 9-34, Cal Daskam 12-78, Cam Otto 3-6, Juadiel Fuentes 1-1, Matt Czupryna 3-1, Owen Sedlaeck 2-4. Lee: Jack Purcell 13-113, Gabe Kelley 12-53, Garrett Hopkins 1-1, Tag Roosa 3-18, Jimmy Purcell 7-6, Nick Nicotra 2-12, Max Brighenti 2-17.

PASSING — Bel: Otto 5-17-2 93. Lee: Jimmy Purcell 6-15-2 76.

RECEIVING — Bel: Hunter Klingensmith 2-64, Winston 2-25, Daskam 1-4. Lee: Hopkins 1-14, Luke Patella 1-10, Roosa 2-40, Kelley 2-12.


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