Eagles club Senators
23 Malik Adams and #63 Colton Garelli
#23 Malik Adams and #1 Hunter Leveille with a missed tackle
With senior leading rusher Clay Richardson questionable and likely out of today's game due to injury, the weight of the favored Senators' offense may fall an the capable shoulders of Malik Adams (above), no slouch in his own right as a ballcarrier.
For The Recorder/Mike Phillips
ORANGE — The Easthampton High School football team looked right at home in its Intercounty league debut Friday night.
The Eagles, who moved up from the Tri-County this season, scored the game’s first four touchdown and cruised to a 52-12 victory over Mahar Regional School at the Woodward Complex.
Junior running back Lou Burrell rushed for 223 yards and three touchdowns on 12 carries as Easthampton (2-0, 1-0) won its first league game as an IL member.
“We are lucky enough to be moving up and have a good team,” Easthampton coach Joe Kocot said. “It we moved up and didn’t have a good team, against this league, we’d get shelled.
“I was hoping (the league opener) would go this way, but as a coach you never know.”
Alec Perrone put the Eagles on top early with scoring runs of 8 and 36 in the first quarter for a 14-0 lead. Perrone finished with 92 yards rushing on eight carries. Burrell took over from there, scoring on touchdown runs of 45, 39 and 49.
“We pound the ground,” Kocot said. “We didn’t really know if we would have those long runs. We knew we could get the 5, 6, 7-yard runs on power and iso plays. But when you have guys like Lou and Perrone, Perrone is hard to tackle and Lou is hard to find.”
Fullbacks John Lachowicz and Nouredine Diedhiou added short-yardage touchdowns for the Eagles.
Mahar (0-2, 0-1) trailed 30-0 at halftime, but got on the board in the opening drive of the third quarter. The Senators drove 69 yards on 12 plays, including a successful fake punt on fourth-and-9 from the Easthampton 49, capped by a 19-yard touchdown pass from Logan Barrett to Drew Patria.
Barrett connected for a second touchdown in the fourth quarter when he rolled to the right and found Angel Biegen in the back of the end zone from 11 yards out. The senior quarterback completed 15 of 25 passes for 162 yards.
The Easthampton defense forced four turnovers, including three fumbles, and did a good job of keeping Mahar’s short passing game from breaking free and limited the rushing attack to 20 yards.
“It is 11 guys to the ball,” Kocot said. “That’s how we play football, especially when they start dinking around with the screens. You have to have all the lanes filled. Yes, they got yards, but they didn’t break one.”