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Indians roll past Orioles

  • Belchertown 9/13/13. TurnersFalls #44 Brody Markol, powers the ball in towards the end zone on an end around run in the 2nd Qtr.<br/>photo by J. Anthony Roberts

    Belchertown 9/13/13. TurnersFalls #44 Brody Markol, powers the ball in towards the end zone on an end around run in the 2nd Qtr.
    photo by J. Anthony Roberts

  • Belchertown 9/13/13. TurnersFalls #35 Trent Borbeau, powers his way to the end zone leaving Belchertown defenders in his wake in the 2nd Qtr.<br/>photo by J. Anthony Roberts

    Belchertown 9/13/13. TurnersFalls #35 Trent Borbeau, powers his way to the end zone leaving Belchertown defenders in his wake in the 2nd Qtr.
    photo by J. Anthony Roberts

  • Belchertown 9/13/13. TurnersFalls #44 Brody Markol, powers the ball in towards the end zone on an end around run in the 2nd Qtr.<br/>photo by J. Anthony Roberts
  • Belchertown 9/13/13. TurnersFalls #35 Trent Borbeau, powers his way to the end zone leaving Belchertown defenders in his wake in the 2nd Qtr.<br/>photo by J. Anthony Roberts

BELCHERTOWN — The season could not have started in a more auspicious fashion for the Turners Falls High School football team on Friday night.

On the first play from scrimmage, linebacker Alex Carlisle recovered a fumble by Belchertown High School quarterback Nick Leduc. Five plays later, the Indians were in the end zone and well on their way to a 43-13 Intercounty League road victory.

Turners Falls (1-0) utilized a diverse offensive attack to convert four Belchertown turnovers into 21 points. Trent Bourbeau rushed for a game-high 159 yards and scored two touchdowns.

“Early-season games are about who’s going to take advantage of the turnovers and the miscues, and fortunately we did that,” Turners coach Chris Lapointe said. “We have some speed and skill, and we’re blessed with some really solid athletes. If we can execute better week-to-week, we’ll be in pretty good shape.”

Quarterback Malcolm Smith was highly efficient, going 8-for-11 with 90 passing yards and a passing touchdown. He also ran for 44 yards and a pair of 1-yard scores.

The Orioles (0-1) fell behind 20-0 but cut their deficit to 20-7 midway through the second quarter on Leduc’s 4-yard touchdown run. But the Indians answered with a 78-yard march, capped by Smith for a 28-7 halftime advantage.

A holding penalty on the drive put Turners in a third-and-16 from the Orioles 35. Smith rolled to the right and delivered a perfect strike to a diving Melvin Moreno for a 25-yard pickup to the 10.

Turners then took the opening kickoff of the second half and took the first 7 minutes off the clock on another scoring drive. Bourbeau went in from 5 yards to make it 36-7.

“We had a pretty good idea what Belchertown would bring, but facing a new staff and a new system, you never know,” Lapointe said. “So it was a nice overall showing for the first game.”

Jalen Sanders enjoyed a solid all-around game with 43 receiving yards, 11 yards on the ground and a pair of touchdowns.

For a team coming off a WMass Division IV Super Bowl appearance, but with only four seniors, this performance is something on which to build.

“Our kids had a taste of it, but unfortunately we couldn’t finish it off in the Super Bowl,” Lapointe said. “But I think that experience will be nothing but a good thing. The guys who played in the playoffs can carry that experience into this season.”

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