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Bulldogs bite Eagles, 18-6

  • TURNERS FALLS (September 7, 2013) — Franklin County Technical School Eagles quarterback C.J. Daignault, #4, is tackled by Monty Tech players Kyle Nolan, #16, Adam Forgues, #5 (on the ground) and Liam Sullivan, #66 during the beginning of the second quarter of Saturday's home game. Recorder/Trish Crapo

    TURNERS FALLS (September 7, 2013) — Franklin County Technical School Eagles quarterback C.J. Daignault, #4, is tackled by Monty Tech players Kyle Nolan, #16, Adam Forgues, #5 (on the ground) and Liam Sullivan, #66 during the beginning of the second quarter of Saturday's home game. Recorder/Trish Crapo

  • TURNERS FALLS (September 7, 2013) — Franklin County Technical School Eagles quarterback C.J. Daignault, #4, drops back for a pass during the beginning of the second quarter of Saturday's home game. Recorder/Trish Crapo

    TURNERS FALLS (September 7, 2013) — Franklin County Technical School Eagles quarterback C.J. Daignault, #4, drops back for a pass during the beginning of the second quarter of Saturday's home game. Recorder/Trish Crapo

  • TURNERS FALLS (September 7, 2013) — Franklin County Technical School Eagles quarterback C.J. Daignault, #4, makes a break for it during the beginning of the second quarter of Saturday's home game against Monty Tech. Recorder/Trish Crapo

    TURNERS FALLS (September 7, 2013) — Franklin County Technical School Eagles quarterback C.J. Daignault, #4, makes a break for it during the beginning of the second quarter of Saturday's home game against Monty Tech. Recorder/Trish Crapo

  • TURNERS FALLS (September 7, 2013) — Franklin County Technical School Eagles running back Kyle Laffey, #34, makes a run for it during the second quarter of Saturday's home game. Recorder/Trish Crapo

    TURNERS FALLS (September 7, 2013) — Franklin County Technical School Eagles running back Kyle Laffey, #34, makes a run for it during the second quarter of Saturday's home game. Recorder/Trish Crapo

  • TURNERS FALLS (September 7, 2013) — Sophomore Nate Crocker, #13, of the Franklin County Technical School Eagles is tackled at the 40 yard line during the second quarter of Saturday's home game against Monty Tech. Recorder/Trish Crapo

    TURNERS FALLS (September 7, 2013) — Sophomore Nate Crocker, #13, of the Franklin County Technical School Eagles is tackled at the 40 yard line during the second quarter of Saturday's home game against Monty Tech. Recorder/Trish Crapo

  • TURNERS FALLS (September 7, 2013) — Monty Tech Bulldogs Captain Tony Webb, #8, outruns Franklin County Tech Eagles leftback Clint Patenaude with seconds to go til halftime at Saturday's game at Franklin County Technical School. Recorder/Trish Crapo

    TURNERS FALLS (September 7, 2013) — Monty Tech Bulldogs Captain Tony Webb, #8, outruns Franklin County Tech Eagles leftback Clint Patenaude with seconds to go til halftime at Saturday's game at Franklin County Technical School. Recorder/Trish Crapo

  • TURNERS FALLS (September 7, 2013) — Franklin County Technical School Eagles quarterback C.J. Daignault, #4, is tackled by Monty Tech players Kyle Nolan, #16, Adam Forgues, #5 (on the ground) and Liam Sullivan, #66 during the beginning of the second quarter of Saturday's home game. Recorder/Trish Crapo
  • TURNERS FALLS (September 7, 2013) — Franklin County Technical School Eagles quarterback C.J. Daignault, #4, drops back for a pass during the beginning of the second quarter of Saturday's home game. Recorder/Trish Crapo
  • TURNERS FALLS (September 7, 2013) — Franklin County Technical School Eagles quarterback C.J. Daignault, #4, makes a break for it during the beginning of the second quarter of Saturday's home game against Monty Tech. Recorder/Trish Crapo
  • TURNERS FALLS (September 7, 2013) — Franklin County Technical School Eagles running back Kyle Laffey, #34, makes a run for it during the second quarter of Saturday's home game. Recorder/Trish Crapo
  • TURNERS FALLS (September 7, 2013) — Sophomore Nate Crocker, #13, of the Franklin County Technical School Eagles is tackled at the 40 yard line during the second quarter of Saturday's home game against Monty Tech. Recorder/Trish Crapo
  • TURNERS FALLS (September 7, 2013) — Monty Tech Bulldogs Captain Tony Webb, #8, outruns Franklin County Tech Eagles leftback Clint Patenaude with seconds to go til halftime at Saturday's game at Franklin County Technical School. Recorder/Trish Crapo

TURNERS FALLS — If one thing was learned on this sunny afternoon, it’s that the Franklin County Technical School football team has some work to do, and all the tools necessary to win some football games this season.

The Montachusett Regional High School Bulldogs rode a strong ground game to an 18-6 win over Franklin Tech in an independent opening game at Turners Falls.

Franklin Tech came into the game off a short week of practice and showed signs of rust early, going three-and-out on their first two offensive series. Monty Tech drew first blood on their first series when senior halfback Javoy Griffiths converted on a 4-yard touchdown run. The point-after pass attempt fell incomplete, holding the lead at 6-0.

The Bulldogs scored again late in the first quarter, when senior QB Tony Webb took it in from a yard out. The Eagles managed to stop the point-after tote, keeping it at 12-0.

Franklin Tech followed with its best series of the first half, one that nearly resulted in a score after QB C.J. Daignault’s breakout run wound up negated by a chop-block penalty behind the play. The series ended quietly three plays later after Daignault suffered the second of four sacks on the day and lost 7 more yards on a fake punt attempt that was sniffed out by the Bulldog D.

The Eagles made a few defensive adjustments and kept the Bulldog offense largely in check for the remainder of the first half. The second half was a different story, as Monty Tech came out strong, moving the ball almost at will on an eight-play, 55-yard opening drive that ended when Webb hit senior back Cody Hussellbee for a 25-yard TD pass on fourth and five. The point after pass fell incomplete, and the score remained 18-0.

The Franklin Tech offense continued to sputter, while the defense made its presence felt with a series of jarring hits to the Monty Tech secondary in the latter part of the second half. The Eagles got on the board late in the fourth on what was easily their best offensive series of the day, punctuated by an acrobatic Drew Stebbins catch and a 5-yard touchdown run by Daignault. The extra-point attempt sailed wide left, creating the 18-6 final.

“I liked the way we finished, but I was little disappointed by our effort early,” Franklin Tech Coach Joe Gamache said.

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