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Green Wave destroys Drury, 36-6

NORTH ADAMS — It was a case of opportunity knocking and Greenfield High School answering the door in its independent football-season opener against Drury High School Saturday afternoon.

The Green Wave used stellar defensive and special-teams efforts to earn a 36-6 win over the Blue Devils.

Green Wave coach Mike Kuchieski was happy with his team’s debut.

“Our kids stepped up and played pretty hard,” he said. “We had some breakdowns defensively but had some kids stepping up and making some plays on special teams, and that helps a lot.”

Drury coach Bill Bryce said his squad knew it would be a difficult opening test.

“Greenfield was a playoff team last season and we knew this was going to be a tough matchup,” he explained.

The Green Wave started out the scoring early in the first quarter, as Jourdan York-Welcome blasted down the left side of the field for a 43-yard touchdown run. Quarterback Connor Eckstrom, starting in his first game under center for the Green Wave, found Lew Borden for the 2-point conversion to give Greenfield an 8-0 lead.

After a 35-yard punt return by Brandon Koprowski brought the Blue Devils deep in Greenfield territory, Kirby Bryce punched in a 3-yard run to the left to make it 8-6. That wound up as the only score for Drury, as Greenfield made it 14-6 late in the second quarter, capping a 70-yard drive with a Brayten Stack 6-yard TD run. Greenfield then seized control on the final play of the first half, and it came on the back of the defense.

Drury took the ball back and moved it to midfield before an aggressive call by Coach Bryce proved costly. Going for the big play to end the first half, Drury QB Kareem Beckett fired a pass downfield that Greenfield senior captain Garrett Hudson picked off and ran back 70 yards to the end zone to give the Green Wave a 20-6 lead heading into the break.

Kuchieski sympathized with Coach Bryce’s decision.

“I probably would have done the same thing to try to get a big play and get some momentum going for the second half,” he said.

That was not Hudson’s only big play. The Green Wave continued to make noise with its special teams unit in the third quarter, as Hudson returned a punt 70 yards for a TD. York-Welcome punched in the 2-point conversion and later scored his second touchdown of the game on a 57-yard ramble. Greenfield capped the scoring in the fourth quarter with a safety.

York-Welcome rushed nine times for 115 yards for the Green Wave, while Eckstrom completed 2-of-5 passes for 28 yards.

Drury’s ground attack was paced by Koprowski, who rushed for 27 yards on 10 carries.

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