Painful day for Warriors
Special to The Recorder
NORTH ADAMS — Six points allowed in two games. The McCann Technical School football team will take it.
The Hornets allowed a last-minute touchdown Saturday afternoon, but improved to 2-0 with an 18-6 win over Mohawk Trail Regional High School in Tri-County League football.
“It’s all about our confidence,” McCann’s Gustavo Montoya said. “We win this game, we get a whole week to rest. So then we come out strong again, and this just boosts our confidence.”
The Hornets were 85 seconds away from their second straight shutout to open the season, but the Warriors (1-1, 1-1 TCL) found the end zone after converting a pair of fourth-and-7s.
The defense stiffened back up and denied Mohawk’s two-point conversion, though.
Defense has not been a concern through the first two games for McCann. It’s put together a full 80 minutes and the stats tell it all.
In Week 1 against Pathfinder, the Hornets yielded 34 yards of offense. In Week 2 against Mohawk, they gave up 110. Combined, their opponents have rushed for 44 yards on 56 carries.
“They’re very physical,” Mohawk coach Doug McCloud said. “And I knew they would be because I know their coach. ... I didn’t have my team prepped. I had a couple kids go down and I didn’t have us prepped enough.”
McCann’s Nick Lincoln set the tone on Mohawk’s first drive, coming up from his cornerback spot to make a tackle for a two-yard loss on third-and-6, which forced a punt.
Adam Dufur came through on Mohawk’s next drive with a sack for a loss of 12 on first down. The Warriors went three-and-out, shanked the punt and set McCann up for its first points.
Billy Lincoln combined with Nick Lincoln on Mohawk’s third series on a tackle for a seven-yard loss. The next play saw Warriors’ starting quarterback Andrew Doty exit the game on a stretcher after a four-yard gain with 7:26 left in the second quarter. It’s believed Doty sustained a collarbone injury, possibly broken.
Dufur hit replacement quarterback Billy Gray two plays later to force a fumble, which set up McCann’s second touchdown.
On and on it went.
“We’re a very, very physical team,” McCann coach Bob LeClair said. “We’re big, pretty quick. I tell the kids we’re not fast, but we’re fast enough.”
Gray filled in admirably under center. He finished his day 5-of-12 passing for 83 yards and an interception. He launched a tight spiral deep down the right sideline to a wide-open Luke Bissell to set up first-and-goal at the Hornets’ 1, then Gray punched it in for his team’s only points.
The McCann defense has made life quite easy for the offense, which came out ready to play this week.
The Hornets jumped out to a 16-0 lead with 5:32 left in the first half.
Brett Pecor plunged into the end zone from six yards out on the first play of the second quarter. It was his third carry in four plays, and he gained the final 20 yards of the 34-yard drive.
McCann doubled its lead on its next possession with Nick Lincoln’s one-yard touchdown run. Levi Lawson set the Hornets up with first-and-goal from the 1 with a 36-yard jaunt on a reverse.
The McCann defense was credited with the final two points, a safety on an attempted punt.
Mohawk travels to the Roberts Complex in Holyoke Friday at 7 p.m. to face Dean Technical High School.