Athol can’t slow Easthampton in 34-14 loss

  • Mason Barrieau, left, of Athol, blocks a pass intended for Ben Landry, of Easthampton, Friday, Sept. 28, 2018 at White Brook Middle School in Easthampton. STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Mason Barrieau, of Athol, punts against Easthampton, Friday, Sept. 28, 2018 at White Brook Middle School in Easthampton. STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Athol quarterback Caleb Cox scrambles while looking for a receiver during a 34-14 loss to Easthampton, Friday at White Brook Middle School in Easthampton. STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Keegan Lutz, right, of Athol, breaks a tackle attempt by Nathan Hogan, of Easthampton, and runs for a gain, Friday, Sept. 28, 2018 at White Brook Middle School in Easthampton. STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Mason Barrieau, left, of Athol, evades Danny Dabek, of Easthampton, to run for a gain Friday at White Brook Middle School in Easthampton. STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Mason Barrieau, of Athol, punts against Easthampton, Friday, Sept. 28, 2018 at White Brook Middle School in Easthampton. STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Mason Barrieau, left, of Athol, evades Danny Dabek, of Easthampton, to run for a gain, Friday, Sept. 28, 2018 at White Brook Middle School in Easthampton. STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

Staff writer
Published: 9/28/2018 10:39:59 PM

EASTHAMPTON — Easthampton scored touchdowns on five of its first six possessions, and the Athol football team fell, 34-14, at White Brook Middle School on Friday.

The Eagles opened with 34 points in a row. The only drive they didn’t score on in the first six ended with the halftime buzzer.

Easthampton (3-1, 3-0 Intercounty North) built a 34-0 lead and punted for the first time midway through the third quarter.

“From start to finish, they were the better football team. They blocked and tackled much better than we did,” Athol coach Bill LaRose said. “We got beat up front.”

Easthampton ran for 329 yards led by Jacob Neumann’s 148. He capped the Eagles’ scoring with a 52-yard run with 9 minutes, 12 seconds left in the third quarter.

Quarterback Nick Pellegrini (two touchdowns) and Ben Landry ran for 42 yards each, while Damien Diluzio rushed for 40 yards and a score.

Once the Red Raiders (1-3, 1-2) forced Easthampton to punt for the first time, they gained some traction. Athol embarked on a 12-play drive capped by a 1-yard touchdown throw from Caleb Cox to Keegan Lutz with 2:24 left in the third quarter.

Easthampton was called for a penalty on the play, so officials didn’t initially show the touchdown signal. They conferred, awarded Athol the score and enforced the penalty on the kickoff after a failed 2-point conversion that left the score 34-6.

Easthampton fumbled on its next possession during a botched option pitch, and the Red Raiders took over on their own 45. After three straight incompletions by Cox (5-for-16, 110 yards), he connected with Mason Barrieau, who went the rest of the way for a 55-yard touchdown. Cox hit Joe Gray on a jump pass for the 2-point conversion that cut Athol’s deficit to 34-14 with 7:34 left.

“I was very proud of my team in the second half. They did not quit, they could have rolled over,” LaRose said. “I thought they played a pretty solid second half.

Barrieau finished with 98 yards receiving and 46 yards rushing. Dylan Castine ran for 79 yards, 31 of it on Athol’s first play.

Athol played three of its first four games on the road and will close the season with four out of five at O’Brien Field, starting with Mohawk at 7 p.m. Friday.

Easthampton 34, Athol 14

Athol

0

0

6

8

—14

Easthampton

14

14

6

0

—34

First quarter

E—Nick Pellegrini 2 run (Pellegrini run), 7:31

E—Damien Diluzio (Pass failed), 2:48

Second quarter

E—Quentin Baker-Cisero 11 pass from Pellegrini (Ben Landry kick), 8:18

E—Pellegrini 16 run (Landry kick), 3:32

Third quarter

E—Jacob Neumann 52 run (Kick failed), 9:12

A—Keegan Lutz 1 pass from Caleb Cox (Pass failed), 2:24

Fourth quarter

A—Mason Barrieau 55 pass from Cox (Joe Gray pass from Cox), 7:34

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING—Easthampton–Neumann 15-148, Pellegrini 9-42, Landry 5-42, Dilzio 5-40, Justin Malek 7-41, Gary Gauthier 2-9, Fred Murray 1-7, Giancarlo Osiecki 1-1. Athol-Dylan Castine 11-79, Barrieau 10-46, Lutz 3-1

PASSING—Easthampton–Pellegrini 8-16-148-0. Athol–Cox 5-16-110-1

RECEIVING—Easthampton–Landry 3-48, Quentin Baker-Cisero 3-57, Diluzio 2-43. Athol-Barrieau 2-98, Lutz 3-22




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