Bartak powers unbeaten Wave
Zach Bartak continued his dominance on local high school football fields on Friday night.
The Greenfield Field High School quarterback passed for three touchdowns and rushed for two more, including the game-winning score with 2 minutes, 11 seconds left in the game and the Green Wave remained unbeaten on the season with a 36-28 independent football victory over Monument Mountain Regional High School in Great Barrington.
After Malik Wilbon tied the game at 28-28 for Monument (1-4) with a 43-yard run with 4:56 left in the game, Greenfield (5-0) took over and faced third-and-24, but Bartak hit Mike Lively with a 38-yard hail mary pass to keep the drive alive and set up the Wave on the Spartan’ 26. Two plays later Bartak ran in the game-winning score from 14 yards out and crossed the goal line dragging four Monument defenders in the process. Bartak then ran in the 2-point conversion.
Monument had a chance to tie the game but quarterback Ryle O’Brien was picked off by Greenfield defender Garrett Hudson for the second time in the game to seal the victory.
Monumment actually came back from three deficits in the game. Bartak opened the scoring when he found Lew Borden with a 7-yard touchdown pass with 6:20 left in the second quarter. Monument came right back to take the lead when Hezikiah Adams caught a 34-yard scoring pass from O’Brien, and Wilbon ran in the 2-point conversion for an 8-6 lead.
Bartak gave Greenfield a 14-8 lead just before the half when he hit Lively with a 51-yard scoring pass, and found Borden for the 2-point conversion. Monument drove right back down the field for a chance to tie or take the lead before the break, but Hudson picked off O’Brien at the Green Wave 10 to stop the drive.
Greenfield upped its lead in the third quarter as Bartak ran in an eight-yard score 1:56 into the quarter. Monument scored the next two touchdowns of the game to tie up the score as Wilbon returned the ensuing kickoff 79 yards for a touchdown, and Jesse Dupont ran in a nine-yard score to tie it with 5:39 left in the third quarter.
The teams went into the fourth quarter tied at 20-20 but Greenfield broke the tie 2:30 into the fourth when Bartak hit Hudson with a three-yard score. Bartak ran in the conversion for a 28-20 lead, but Monument tied the game with 4:56 left on the Wilbon run.
Greenfield travels to Mohawk Saturday at noon.
Pathfinder 14, FC Tech 0 — Pathfinder Regional High School held Franklin County Technical School to just 29 yards of net offense on Friday night en route to a 14-0 Tri-County League football victory at St. Joseph’s Park in Thorndike.
The Eagles (2-3 overall, 1-1 TCL) also turned in a solid defensive effort on the night but a pair of Mike Krzynowek touchdowns gave Pathfinder (5-0, 3-0) all it needed to remain unbeaten on the season. Krzynowek punched in the first score of the game from 22 yards out with 2:42 left in the second quarter. The 2-point conversion pass failed and the Pioneers held a 6-0 lead at halftime.
Krzynowek gave the Pioneers some breathing room with 36.9 seconds left in the third quarter when he carried in a 32-yard score. Matt Stafford hit Trystan Davis with the 2-point conversion for a 14-0 lead.
That was more than enough as the Pathfinder defense allowed the Eagles nothing on offense. The Eagles’ main threat, Jake Earl, was limited to just 22 yards on 14 carries, and went 0-for-5 passing. Justin Werner didn’t fare any better under center, finishing 0-for-3 passing.
C.J. Daignault was the second leading rusher for the Eagles with seven yards on one haul.