Hurricans silence Green Wave, 19-8

GREENFIELD – This game wasn’t supposed to mean much, but someone apparently forgot to tell that to the visitors.

The Amherst Regional High School School football team took advantage of a consistent-but-simple offensive attack and its strongest front line performance of the season to pick up its first win of the year with a 19-8 win over a somewhat listless Greenfield High School team, Friday night at Veterans Memorial Field.

Amherst featured what would best be described as an uncomplicated offense which consisted mostly of draw plays to junior Brandon Rivera (19 carries, 161 yards), and the occasional long pass or running play from quarterback Donovan Riley Robinson (7-for-13 passing for 148 yards, eight carries, 21 yards). The Hurricanes opened up the scoring on their second drive when Robinson connected with junior Taj Amir Torres for a 3-yard touchdown pass. Nikolai Wright split the uprights with the extra-point kick to make it 7-0.

Amherst would extend the lead late in the second, when Robinson took in a quarterback sneak from a yard out with nine seconds left. A bad snap on the point after kick kept the score 13-0 at the break.

It was a largely forgettable first half for Greenfield, which managed just 43 yards rushing and one pass completion, a 13-yard hookup between Connor Eckstrom and Brayten Stack (9 carries, 27 yards). Amherst nearly extended the lead to three touchdowns on its first series of the second half, a threat which ended when Greenfield’s Parker Hickey intercepted Robinson on the Green Wave 3.

Greenfield was unable to take advantage of the gift, however, sputtering offensively for most of the next quarter and a half, especially on the ground, where Stack and fellow back Jourdan York-Welcome (8 carries, 20 yards) found themselves largely bottled up by the Hurricanes’ steady front four and swarming linebackers.

The Green Wave managed to break the shutout with eight seconds left in the game, when sophomore Max Pirozhkov caught Hickey in the corner of the end zone with an 11-yard touchdown option pass. Eckstrom converted the point-after pass to Pirozhkov, to make the score 19-8. Greenfield recovered the ensuing onside kick, but was unable to advance beyond the Amherst 41 before time expired.

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